Profile of Marianne Kolbasuk McGeeSenior Writer, InformationWeek
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Marianne Kolbasuk McGee is a former editor for InformationWeek.
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Electronic medical records, compliance, and other initiatives are driving demand for health IT pros. But according to InformationWeek's 2012 Salary Survey, their compensation still trails that of IT professionals across all industries.
Look inside some of the most established HIEs and how they help U.S. health organizations share data, in the name of lower costs and better patient care.
Supreme Court's upcoming decision on healthcare reform and feds'
Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rules add up to a heated summer for healthcare IT execs.
HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange, becomes first in the nation to support statewide sharing of X-rays, CT scans, and other medical images.
Although mandated to communicate better with patients, some healthcare providers also are looking for tech tools that get info to staff faster.
Although clinical decision support systems remain the rock stars in many large hospitals and group practices, let's not forget the need to analyze operational, financial, and quality control data.
In two years, IBM data mining software has identified $191 million in potentially false Medicaid claims.
Wearable devices equipped with sensors, Web connections, or both, help consumers and healthcare providers track health and fitness. Take a look at what's possible now.
Benefits and talent management consulting firm plans to buy online health insurance exchange provider Extend Health for $435 million.
Some hospitals and doctors oppose giving patients electronic data as quickly as required by proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations. Consumer groups want more speed--and the compromise likely won't please either side.
EHR software vendors say doctors and hospitals need more time to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ask the feds to tweak their reporting requirements.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health uses Microsoft's
customer relationship management platform to rapidly develop niche
health-related apps when off-the-shelf doesn't fit.
Online Care 6.0 update adds conveniences for consumers and healthcare providers connecting outside the office; changes include support for smartphones and medical devices.
Healthcare's move to ICD-10, an updated set of diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes, will affect everything from billing systems to medical records. After several delays, debate still rages on how to time the transition.
Collaboration aims to expand telemedicine services into specialties such as pediatrics, neurology, emergency care, home health, and transitional care.
Growing number of hospitals and other inpatient organizations plan to purchase computer-assisted coding tools to help with ICD-10 mandate, says new KLAS Research report.
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
Department of Human and Health Services proposes extending ICD-10 compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2014. It also proposes unique ID numbers for health plans to save provider frustration and money.
Castlight Health mobile app lets consumers use their smartphones to look up cost and quality information about their healthcare providers, an especially helpful tool for patients with high-deductible plans.
Got Epic Systems implementation experience or certifications? If so, you're among health IT's most sought-after professionals.
Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation could influence the direction of health IT.
We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
Personalized medicine programs can find better treatments based on patients' genetics. Why can't the same tools be used to predict--and prevent--adverse drug reactions?
Grabbing federal incentive dollars and meeting pay-for-performance regs are the top issues keeping IT execs awake at night.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposals raise the bar for online patient engagement, highlighting how important it is for healthcare providers to communicate with patients and give them access to their information.
Onslaught of health IT initiatives brings a need for nursing
Informatics expertise, and a new breed of chief nursing information officers.
HIMSS12 attendees were disappointed when details of Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules weren't revealed on Tuesday, and they were surprised to hear that changes will be made to Stage 1 rules.
Author and consultant Ken Blanchard advises healthcare CIOs at HIMSS12 to lead their teams with a clear vision and respect for others' ideas.
New survey finds that most U.S. consumers want their doctors to
use electronic health records--but believe that widespread adoption
will lead to more personal information being lost or stolen.
Among the hundreds of health IT presentations, demos, and vendor offerings at HIMSS12 next week, don't miss these highlights.
Participation in new accountable care organizations isn't for the faint of heart. But healthcare providers that have their IT acts together have a good head start.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reexamining timeline for conversion to ICD-10 medical codes.
Leapfrog Group's 2011 list of 65 top hospitals in U.S. highlights facilities that use health IT to prevent deadly dosing mistakes.
Take an early look at 14 of the most interesting health IT products and services that will be displayed at the annual HIMSS conference, happening this month in Las Vegas.
Failure to meet upcoming deadlines could mean major disruptions in claims payments for healthcare organizations.
iPhone app coming soon; patients also can securely access health records and email docs via mobile-friendly version of Kaiser website.
Change Healthcare provides companies' employees with a Web portal, data analytics, personalized text messages, and email alerts to help them find lower-cost healthcare services and prescription drugs.
Meet Rhode Island Quality Institute's CIO and see why Medicare thinks other states could learn from his big ideas.
Meaningful Use programs, healthcare reform, and the public's love of mobile devices could add up to patients finally getting fully involved in their own care.
2011 was a challenging year for healthcare IT professionals. Providers rolled out electronic health record systems to qualify for the government's Meaningful Use financial incentives. Meanwhile, mobile health apps took off, e-prescribing increased, health info exchanges got a start, and some organizations suffered data breaches. On the plus side, more health IT jobs became available.
Since everyone is making forecasts for 2012, here's my take on how health IT will fare in the next administration.
FDA clearance of GE Centricity mobile app lets radiologists use smartphones and tablets to make diagnoses from remote locations or in the field.
High school students take online classes and gain experience with a variety of tech tools to prepare for a career in a booming sector.
Patients can benefit by getting a variety of healthcare information electronically--as these seven options prove. The tools also help healthcare organizations comply with the HITECH Act Meaningful Use requirements.
Cloud-based offerings like new ADP Advanced MD can ease healthcare providers transitioning to new electronic data format standard for claims transactions.
Doctors and nurses have been swept away by smartphones and tablets, but they create one gigantic headache for IT managers. Here's some practical advice on how to cope.
Kids with rare, deadly neuroblastoma cancer could be first to benefit from new clinical trial focused on finding more effective, personalized treatments.
Seven states, eight e-health records vendors, and three health information exchange providers agree to support interoperability standards that also could make health data exchange easier nationally.
From talking robots to mobile apps that take some pain out of ER visits, health IT innovations abounded at Partners Healthcare's Connected Health Symposium. Take a look.
South East Michigan Health Information Exchange joins Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange, also helps Social Security Administration improve eligibility processes.
Project seeks to identify factors contributing to health outcomes of pediatric patients with asthma, autism, and diabetes.
President Obama's former national coordinator for health IT, Dr. David Blumenthal, shares his thoughts on progress with meaningful use of electronic health records, and what's next for healthcare reform.
If your healthcare organization hasn't embraced electronic prescribing, it's time to get going. Consider this cross-section of today's array of e-prescribing tools .
The feds seem to have learned from the problems they created with stage 1 criteria. Now they're doing their due diligence.
In developing countries, low cost wireless biometric sensors and cell phone technologies are being developed to monitor and screen patients.
The feds have already paid out $653 million in incentives to clinicians who've implemented electronic health records. For some providers, the work wasn't so hard after all.
Nebraska Health Information Initiative adds more than a dozen critical access hospitals while some U.S. health information exchanges struggle.
Cook Children's, Microsoft, Athenahealth, and drug makers Merck and Sanofi Pasteur develop system that allows smartphones to scan vaccine label information into e-health records.
It's too soon to know whether U.S. healthcare providers will jump on the IT bandwagon, but one thing's for certain: the U.K.'s health IT project was too top-heavy.
Duke and Verizon will focus on scaling up promising health IT innovations and using the network to reach a mass market.
Search on a health term and you often find data on the extremes, either too generic or too complex. Medify database aims to fix that.
So few Americans are interested in creating a digitalized PHR that Google had to close its service. But there are ways to get the public interested.
Not every clinical app is right for the cloud, but these two case studies offer some insights into what does work.
Phytel's suite of care management tools uses e-medical record
data to identify gaps in patient care.
The demand for health IT skills and experience is fueling career advancement and job opportunities at all levels, according to recruiters and hiring managers.
Some healthcare providers are still hesitant to put patient data and clinical apps in the cloud. Here's how they cope with their angst.
It shows a hospital wringing value out of an electronic record system that took years to implement. One in a series of profiles of InformationWeek 500 innovators.
American Well and Numera partner to help doctors better track chronically ill patients and initiate early intervention when needed.
Among dozens of vendors selling technology products and services to health information exchanges, no clear player dominates, study says.
Doctors can view images for referred, potential patients, without having to trade film, disks, or order new tests.
Many health information exchanges have had a hard time remaining in business, but a new report from the National eHealth Collaborative spotlights winning strategies.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act prevents some small and midsize IT services firms from pursuing new healthcare business opportunities, says a CompTIA report.
The number of HIEs in the U.S. is growing, but many struggle to maintain a healthy business according to a report from eHealth Initiative.
Demand and pay for health IT talent surges, according to online career site Dice.com.
Health IT tools can help patients take responsibility for their health, but technologists need to meet them halfway with imaginative, easy to use programs.
Private investors provided $61 million to Essence Group Holdings Corp. to expand its Lumeris cloud-based technology products and services for accountable care organizations.
Employer consortium Dossia takes cues from social networking and games as it vies to boost usage of its personal health record site.
Health IT experts at this week's InformationWeek Healthcare IT Forum tried to figure out the best data sharing strategies as Meaningful Use requirements evolve.
The next stages of the HITECH Act's Meaningful Use regs are coming, as are painful transformative challenges for healthcare providers.
Microsoft and Google are working behind the scenes to let users of the soon-to-be-retired Google Health site transfer electronic personal health records to Microsoft HealthVault.
What doomed Google's online personal health record system? For starters, consumers haven't bought into the basic idea.
A proliferation of health IT training courses means anyone from a hospital chief medical officer to a solo practitioner's nurse now has more ways to learn the basics.
ACPE certificate program aids physician leaders in understanding the lingo, technology, processes and challenges involved with implementing e-health records and other health IT.
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on a project to use predictive modeling to weed out fake Medicare claims before they're paid.
Quest, and its IT subsidiary MedPlus, are the first vendors to officially participate in a HHS effort to support e-health record adoption rates among healthcare providers in underserved, minority communities.
The startups, which have promising mobile or web-based health apps, will receive grants, office space, and mentoring from business and health industry professionals.
App developers and mobile device makers better pay close attention because the FDA says it's looking for "greater regulatory clarity."
Health technology use appears to be the secret sauce that brings medical systems to the top of the pack in a Thomson Reuters study.
Individuals would know who accessed their e-health information as well as details about the data disclosed.
Growing demand and a new appreciation for HIT professionals means these experts are no longer the "computer geeks" no one wants to hang out with.
Giving clinicians the ability to electronically request prior authorizations for certain medications will simplify a time-consuming, sometimes frustrating process.
The consortium of large employers is looking to make it easier for employees to use its online health records.
The new programs may eventually warn patients with chronic disorders of an impending emergency, or let them upload data directly to a personal health record.
The e-health records system will be used to help provide care at eight outpatient clinics run by the city's department of public health and several correctional facilities.
As pay-for-performance programs take center stage, you'll need expert data-gathering skills to get fully reimbursed.
Health IT spending plans in U.S., U.K., and Canada are being pumped up by government programs, reports Ovum.
Interactive Healthline BodyMaps tools introduced by Healthline and GE let users navigate 3-D images of human body, and eventually view how diseases progress.
If accountable care organizations are being set up to improve healthcare and lower costs, rules that put severe restraints on telemedicine reimbursement seem counterintuitive.
Digitized patient record and medical imaging systems consume more electricity, but reduce paper use, patient travel, reliance on plastics used in traditional X-ray films and other waste, said a Kaiser Permanente report.