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'Using Open Source for Health Care Systems Requires Political Will'

Gijs Hillenius | Joinup | July 17, 2012

Political will and government involvement in electronic health care implementations are two of the success factors for the use of open source in this field, says Claudio Zaugg, project manager at the Health Technology and Telemedicine Unit of the Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH). Read More »

2012 National Physicians Survey: Today's Physicians at Technological Tipping Point; 1 Out of 3 Using Laptops, 20% Smartphones, 12% iPads To Manage Workflow

Press Release | 2012 National Physicians Survey (NPS), the little blue book (tlbb), Sharecare | June 25, 2012

Today's doctors are at a technological tipping point—though not without some growing pains—adjusting to new reimbursement models and mandates of detailed documentation, according to the 2012 National Physicians Survey. Read More »

4 Big Data Threats Health Org’s Are Socially Obligated To Safeguard Against

Carl Ascenzo | Government Health IT | September 20, 2012

The explosion of big data continues as it brings to picture a wealth of information possessed by the healthcare industry including credit card information, personal security details, medical procedures, diagnosis codes, insurance claims and more. Read More »

9 Ways Health IT – Beyond EHRs – Helps Patients

Kristine Martin Anderson | Government Health IT | December 12, 2011

Even among very knowledgeable people, the concept of health information technology is often equated with its most familiar element, “electronic health records.” Adoption of electronic health records are a critical first step to realizing the transformational power of Health IT – but getting out of paper enables even greater HIT capabilities. Read More »

Clear Health Costs Wants To Save You From Medical Sticker Shock

Kelly Faircloth | | September 11, 2012

Ever opened a letter from a doctor to discover an unexpectedly, eye-poppingly enormous bill? Well, one New York startup wants to make sure that never happens again, by providing a platform that allows the average medical consumer to compare prices. Read More »

Commentary: Will Health IT Increase Fraud And Abuse?

John Casillas | Government Health IT | September 24, 2012

A September 15 article in the Washington Post examines an area of increasing focus in healthcare -- fraudulent and abusive Medicare billing practices. Read More »

Conemaugh Health System One Of First Hospitals To Join Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN)

Press Release | Conemaugh Health System | September 11, 2012

The Conemaugh Health System is the first Pennsylvania non-government health care system and one of just 30 in the United Systems to go “LIVE” on the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) Exchange. Read More »

DocGraph: Open Social Doctor Data

Fred Trotter | Strata - Making Data Work | November 19, 2012

An inside look at DocGraph, a data project that shows how the U.S. health care system delivers care. Read More »

Doctors Should Take Responsibility for Cutting Unnecessary Procedures

Editorial | | May 3, 2012

The best hope for achieving significant savings in medical costs is through the elimination of unnecessary or duplicative procedures, which waste hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Read More »

Federal CTO Todd Park Taps the Private Sector to Drive Innovation

Joseph Marks | NextGov | July 27, 2012

In mid-2010, the already frenetic Todd Park was in overdrive. President Obama had just signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the most significant reform of the American health care system since Medicare. It was Park’s job to figure out how government could use technology to make the law’s implementation as smooth and fruitful as possible. Read More »

Feds Postpone Bid To Govern Health IT Network

Ken Terry | InformationWeek | September 10, 2012

Bowing to widespread industry objections to its proposals for governing the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) has tabled the project, at least for now. Read More »

Flawed Health IT: Whose Fault Is It?

Jeff Rowe | Government Health IT | September 18, 2012

We spent National Health IT Week peeking through the eyes of others at possible health IT futures.  So we'll start this week with the views of someone who points to a radically different future for health IT in large part by claiming that current health IT options are pretty miserable. Read More »

Healthcare's Death Star Thinking vs. Human Centered Design

I missed it when it first came out, but a providential tweet from the always perceptive Steve Downs tipped me to a most interesting article from Jennifer Pahlka with the wonderful title “Death Star Thinking and Government Reform.” The article is not directly related to healthcare, although it does include healthcare examples, but Ms. Pahlka’s central point very much applies to most efforts to reform healthcare: The need to believe that a Death Star-style solution is at hand — that we have analyzed the plans and found the single point of failure — runs deep in our culture.

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HIMSS 18 and the Disruption of the Traditional Office Visit

Healthcare is evolving quickly and HIMSS 18 offers a broad range of healthcare issues to explore, but will it recognize the disruption of the traditional office visit? New requirements for implementing HIT systems are changing as new health IT priorities and procedures emerge. Convergence in the health care sector is accelerating the need for interoperability, not just for EHRs, but also across clinical, financial, and operational systems. This need is also challenging and changing one of the biggest traditions in healthcare—the doctor-patient medical visit. 

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Hospital Monopolies: The Biggest Driver of Health Costs That Nobody Talks About

Avik Roy | Forbes | August 22, 2011

The debate about health-care reform, on both the Left and the Right, revolves almost entirely around changing the way we pay for health care...I agree that changing the way we buy health care is important—I once wrote a 6,400-word magazine article on the subject—but there’s an entire other side to that equation that we completely ignore: changing the way we sell health care. Read More »