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In this year’s 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, researchers took a look at the perspectives of U.S. health IT leaders with topics such as security, cybersecurity and culture of care.

Achieving nationwide interoperability means navigating legal and market-based barriers. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has published a road map to assist governors and state leaders in advancing policies for the safe exchange of patient information between providers.

As technology continues to weave its way into healthcare, more and more patients are using their smartphones and wearable devices to communicate with their doctors, according to a new study.


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7 health IT findings from the 2017 Healthcare Prognosis survey

President Donald Trump has had a bit of a turbulent relationship with the healthcare industry, with plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seemingly in limbo after House Republicans pulled a potential bill before it faced a vote. The Venrock 2017 Healthcare Prognosis survey evaluates how healthcare delivery, policy and information technology companies view the landscape with the new administration.

Hospitals would be paid to test telehealth under Senate bill

Expanding Medicare’s coverage of telehealth services has been a favorite cause of major medical associations. A new U.S. Senate bill is taking a different approach to achieving that goal: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Regular information blocking in health systems, EHR vendors

In response to concerns regarding the exchange of patient information by health systems and electronic health record (EHR) vendors, a study published in The Milbank Quarterly examines the extent of this “information blocking”. 

HHS report responds to MassHealth failure in securing data

HHS has released a summary report on the failure of the Massachusetts Medicaid program (MassHealth) to secure Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) data and supporting systems within federal requirements.

HIE reduces length of stay, readmission rates, demand on physicians

Health information exchange (HIE) can improve the quality of care and clinical workflow, according to a study testing its benefits. The study, "The Effects of Health Information Exchange Access on Healthcare Quality and Efficiency: An Empirical Investigation," examined how using HIE gives physicians a full view of patient’s health—and how these insights lead to better care.

Chatbot uses AI to learn communicative practices in radiology

Radiologist from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have used artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to develop an application that acts as an assistant for clinicians when answering patient questions about upcoming radiologic care.

GAO: HHS falls behind EHRs, lacks plan for implementation

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released an evaluation of HHS efforts to improve electronic health records (EHR) for post-acute care. The GAO report states that the HHS “lacks a comprehensive plan to meet its goal of increasing the proportion of post-acute care providers electronically exchanging health information.”

HHS announces Phase 2 winners in data-sharing competition

HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners of the Phase 2 in the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a competition for developers to build applications for the secure sharing of health information. 

'Healthy tension' between providers, IT vendor/consulting organizations

In this year’s 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, researchers took a look at the perspectives of U.S. health IT leaders with topics such as security, cybersecurity and culture of care.

Answer Health on Demand, Great Lakes Health Connect pattern to expand HIE for telemedicine

Answer Health on Demand and Great Lakes Health Connect have partnered together to develop a health information exchange platform for the sharing of health information and medical records while treating patient with telemedicine.