Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

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2017 OSEHRA Leadership Award Recipients Announced

Press Release | OSEHRA | June 30, 2017

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce this year’s OSEHRA Leadership Award winners. Numerous individuals were nominated this year and three were chosen through a vote by the OSEHRA community based on their outstanding achievements in health information technology and innovative health care. They were honored in a special ceremony during the 6th Annual OSEHRA Open Source Summit June 13-15, 2017 in Bethesda, MD...

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27 Statistics On Ambulatory EHRs, Practice Management Solutions

Anuja Vaidya | Becker's Hospital Review | June 5, 2013

Forty-six percent of U.S. physician groups plan to join a health information exchange, according to the "5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management Study," released by HIMSS Analytics, a non-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Read More »

A Chat with CommonWell’s Executive Director: Interoperability’s Next Steps, Data Blocking, and Epic

Rajiv Leventhal | Healthcare Informatics | July 12, 2016

It’s been a little over three years since the CommonWell Health Alliance, an industry trade group made up of many of the largest electronic health record (EHR) systems vendors and other health IT companies, formed at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference with the goal to greatly enhance health data exchange. And, it’s been a little over a year since the Alliance tapped Jitin Asnaani as its founding executive director...

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A Digital Shift on Health Data Swells Profits in an Industry

Julie Creswell | New York Times | February 19, 2013

But today, as doctors and hospitals struggle to make new records systems work, the clear winners are big companies like Allscripts that lobbied for that legislation and pushed aside smaller competitors. While proponents say new record-keeping technologies will one day reduce costs and improve care, profits and sales are soaring now across the records industry...

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A Fork in the Road at HIMSS13: How Patients & Payment Are Forcing 'Open' Health IT

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | iHealthBeat | March 11, 2013

This year feels like a fork in the road at HIMSS13, with disruptive forces of patients, digital health, mobility and open standards driving innovation and renewed energy at the annual conference...Without transparency (in health IT and health finance) and data liquidity, bending the cost curve will continue to elude the U.S. health system. Read More »

AMA Pleads For More User-Friendly EHRs

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | September 16, 2014

The American Medical Association is targeting the usability—or lack thereof—of electronic health-record systems as part of a broader campaign to improve physician satisfaction...

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Benefits of Patient-Generated Health Data, Patient Engagement

Sara Health | Patient Engagement HIT | March 15, 2016

Between improving chronic disease management, boosting the Precision Medicine Initiative, and driving patient satisfaction, patient-generated health data has many healthcare benefits. Through the current health technology boom amongst patients and the near-ubiquitous adoption of EHRs amongst providers, patient-generated health data has become an important aspect of patient engagement...

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Big Data in Healthcare’s True Promise: Better Individualized Care

Frank X. Speidel | HIT Consultant | July 15, 2013

Frank X. Speidel, MD shares his insights on how big data in healthcare can be harnessed for better, faster and more individualized patient care. Read More »

Big Data Is the Next Big Thing in Health IT

Brian Ahier | O'Reilly Radar | February 27, 2012

Big data introduces unique healthcare challenges and opportunities.

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Burwell Confirmed As HHS Secretary

Tom Sullivan, | Healthcare IT News | June 6, 2014

The U.S. Senate voted in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon.  Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise...

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Caradigm and the Future of Healthcare IT

Bryce Istvan | Seeking Alpha | February 14, 2012

Microsoft (MSFT) and General Electric (GE) have begun finalizing the details for their healthcare IT joint venture called Caradigm. The venture is "aimed at driving a paradigm shift in the delivery of care by enabling health systems and professionals to use real-time, systemwide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience..." One major thing to note is the apparent commitment to keeping the jointly developed platform open source...

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CCHIT Demise Should Herald Demise Of EHR Certification

Neil Versel | Forbes | October 29, 2014

In my very first post for Forbes.com, written back in May, I argued that certification of electronic health records had run its course and was no longer needed in health IT.  This week, that position got a boost with some news that in one sense was shocking and in another was not surprising at all: the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) is closing its doors on Nov. 14...

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Clinton & Topol Preach the Importance of Evolution in Healthcare

Dan Bowman | FierceHealthIT | March 8, 2013

For all of their differences, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and cardiologist Eric Topol--the West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.--delivered a similar message in their respective keynote addresses this week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference... Read More »

Cloudera Demos Open Source Precision Medicine and Healthcare Enterprise Data Hub at HIMSS16

Press Release | Cloudera | February 25, 2016

As the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 theme implies -- “transforming health through IT” -- healthcare organizations are increasingly focused on taking advantage of big data to personalize the patient experience and improve clinical outcomes. Cloudera’s commitment to this effort was exemplified this morning, when the company annunced its contributions to President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). By implementing Cloudera Enterprise, healthcare organizations are better equipped to deliver precision medicine with a modern data platform that facilitates information sharing across silos while remaining HIPAA-compliant...

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CMS to Require Dialysis Centers to Submit Clinical Data Online

Ken Terry | FierceHealthIT | February 20, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this month will start requiring all 5,500 federally certified dialysis centers in the U.S. Read More »