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Put the “Meaningful” in Meaningful Use: Experts Sound off at HIMSS15

Federal incentives are drawing national scrutiny. At HIMSS15, MSLGROUP Boston’s senior media and content strategist Don Fluckinger asked CIOs of large healthcare systems and other health IT industry leaders to find out where we are – and aren’t – with meaningful use of electronic health records in the midst of Stage 2 and the vision of Stage 3. Here are insights from three of those thought leaders: Marc Pro ...

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The Road to HIMSS15 with FierceHealthIT’s Dan Bowman

Image: "Beauty of Chicago" by Flickr user normalityrelief, licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike. Dan Bowman, the FierceHealthIT reporter deeply embedded in Washington D.C., has his finger on federal HIT policy’s pulse. We sat down with him to discuss what stories will matter to him at the 2015 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition April 12-16 in Chicago ...

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The Road to HIMSS15: Tracing Health IT’s Rocket-Shot Rise

Photo credit: “McCormick Place At Night” by Rob Jacob via Flickr, used with permission via Creative Commons license. In 2011, HIMSS sessions and exhibitors’ focus reflected the sunrise of meaningful use, which at the time meant installing new EHR systems and collecting patient data. By 2015, it’s clear from the HIMSS content and trade show emphasis, that using EHRs isn’t good enough: It’s time to do somethi ...

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Year’s End, New Beginnings: Health IT’s 2015 Outlook

First off, I’m pleased to be joining MSLGROUP, coming from TechTarget’s SearchHealthIT.com news site. I started there in 2010, after nine years of writing HCPro publications focused on respiratory care department management as well as hospital safety, Joint Commission compliance, nutrition, and clinical trials regulations. It was gratifying to contribute to SearchHealthIT.com’s rapid growth into one of the ...

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Taking a Holistic View of Electronic Health Records

In my years of working with technology companies I have learned that even the best technology cannot overcome bad process. For technology to make an impact on healthcare efficiency and patient outcomes, computer systems must be interoperable, and must allow people to use data in a valuable way. These issues intersected recently, as reported in the Boston Globe, in an investigation that tied a patient’s deat ...

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Mass Health Data Consortium: HealthIT at a Crossroads

This year 2010 will be a crossroads for health information technology: How do we progress from the historic enactment of ARRA in 2009 to the availability of billions of dollars for providers to meaningfully use HIT systems in 2011? The Mass Health Data Consortium will aim to address these and other questions, reflect on a transformative year, and try to predict the future. Schwartz will be listening from th ...

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Billions in Stimulus Funding for Healthcare IT – What To Do?

Part of the larger, $787 billion stimulus package signed by President Obama in mid-February is $19.2 billion under a bill called the HITECH, or Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. Hey, no one said these things would have simple names. That $19.2 billion directs most of the funding - $17.2 billion of it - to pay for the widespread adoption and "meaningful use" of ...

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