Category Archives: Health IT News and Developments

Give a Little Health IT Thanks this Holiday Season

Grumpy Cat may not support more coordinated care, but the health IT community is definitely on board. Last week, healthcare brands, advocates and professionals shared messages of gratitude for what they feel is working in digital health. This practice was started … Continue reading

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It’s the Journey, not the Destination

An Appreciation of An HIT Pioneer, Dr. Morris Collen, And The Current State Of Meaningful Use Journeys always produce transformations.  We are never the same at the end as we were at the beginning. Muddy Waters started his transformation on … Continue reading

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Health IT Is Only a Portion of the Solution – Addressing Human Factors Are Key  

Many headlines appeared today citing the failure of health information technology in relation to a patient with Ebola being released from a US hospital.

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Wearing Your Heart(Beat) on your Sleeve: Smartwatches & Biometrics as Communication

How are our user experiences, personal lives, and the culture affected by the ongoing evolution of the human/computer interaction? There are rhythms in my life that bring with them a deep, abiding peace and soulful sigh. The rise and fall … Continue reading

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A CCHIT Conversation – Challenges of ONC HIT Certification

by Alisa Ray, Executive Director, CCHIT   As many readers of this blog know, CCHIT is no longer certifying EHR technology in the ONC HIT Certification Program.  Rather, we are devoting our efforts to helping our health IT community navigate the … Continue reading

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For the Thought of a Bite of Chocolate

All Jan Scheuermann wanted was to have a bite of chocolate. That is not true. There were many more things Jan wanted, like to lift up her children, like to hold her husband’s hand, even to pump her fist in … Continue reading

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Health IT Regulation Remains HIMSS Focus

This week, HIMSS submitted its third set of comments in 12 months on the topic of FDASIA. FDASIA, or the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, was signed into law in July of 2012, and expandedthe FDA’s authorities by … Continue reading

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Latest Meaningful Use Numbers – What they Mean for You and Me

UPDATE 5/21: Just hours after this blog post was posted, CMS and ONC released a proposed rule addressing some of my concerns.  Click here to access HIMSS’ fact sheet on the proposed rule that would change the meaningful use stage timeline … Continue reading

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FDASIA Stakeholders Meeting Kicks Off

On Tuesday, May 13, I had the pleasure of representing HIMSS at the FDA/ONC/FCC meeting with Stakeholders to discuss the draft FDASIA Report proposing a Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk Based Framework for Regulating Health IT.

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HIMSS14 – News We Can Use … ONC Patient Matching Report Provides Call to Action

Findings from the ONC Patient Matching Current State Report emphasize that although provider and other organizations have developed ways to improve the accuracy of matching patient records, these methods have not been adopted uniformly across the industry.

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