Today's Top 20 Health IT StoriesRSS
  1. Part of Lahey Health layoffs due to cost of EHR rollout

    On Wednesday, Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Health announced it is laying off 130 people at three hospitals to help close the budget gap. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. 5 best practices for hiring IT workers

    As healthcare organizations expand their IT departments, the talent pool for such jobs isn't keeping up. As such, the competition to attract IT workers is rather high. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. 7 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    The following health IT vendor contracts and go-lives were announced within the last week.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Clinical mobility: Improving EHR access  

Are your clinicians overburdened with using different technologies and interfaces to interact with your EHR systems, and with finding ways to effectively communicate with others as part of a collaborative care team?
  1. Pediatric telemedicine consults save $4,600 per use, study finds

    For children in rural emergency departments, telemedicine consultations can help significantly lower costs and reduce the number of patient transfers, according to a study in Medical Decision Making. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. ONC permanent task groups to be replaced by time-limited task forces

    The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT is restructuring its committee organizations. The ONC plans to eliminate the Health IT Standards Committee's permanent workgroups and instead assemble "targeted, time-limited" task forces. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. House lawmakers potentially affected by CareFirst breach

    Lawmakers in the House of Representatives may be among the 1.1 million individuals whose information was breached by the cyberattack on CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, according to a Politico report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain to launch Epic EHR

    SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain in Mexico, Mo., plans to go-live on Epic's EHR June 5, according to a Mexico Ledger report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Five rights of clinical communication

The Five Rights of clinical communication can improve operational efficiency and boost the patient experience by putting nurses back to the patient bedside. Find out how the right strategy can empower nurses and physicians to collaborate more effectively and securely.
  1. Bellevue Hospital employee illegally disclosed 3,300 patients' information

    Bellevue Hospital Center in New York, operated by New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., has notified approximately 3,300 patients that their protected health information has been compromised after a hospital employee sent an email attachment containing PHI to a relative's email account. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. 3 New Jersey hospitals also affected by MML data theft

    Three more hospitals are notifying patients that their protected health information has been compromised after an employee of a third-party contractor improperly accessed and disclosed patient information, a breach that has affected hospitals in Pittsburgh, New York and now New Jersey.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. MD Anderson to pilot Apple Watch project

    The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in New Jersey has partnered with Polaris Health Direction to launch a pilot project using Apple Watch aimed at coaching breast cancer patients, according to Apple Insider.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Using tech to fill gaps: A process-centric framework for change

    In 2011, the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital sought to implement strategies to eliminate operational waste and improve overall efficiencies. The hospital decided to focus on nursing and pharmacy to find ways to quicken the process of sending orders to the pharmacy and then getting the medications back to the patient. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  1. Patient engagement: Results from a focus group

    In the past, I have found patient engagement to be a delicate topic to broach with healthcare executives because it starts with a recognition of the futility of our healthcare system — a recognition that traditional healthcare services alone are insufficient to dramatically and sustainably improve patient outcomes. That resistance to patient engagement as a tool is becoming less and less widespread.  By Paul Merrild, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, athenahealth -
  2. For an effective communication strategy, think like a nurse

    When was the last time you heard a nurse yell while on the clock? It may happen more frequently than you think. By Staff -
  3. CareFirst falls victim to cyberattack: Industry experts respond

    On Wednesday, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced cyberattacks gained access to the payer's database and compromised the personal data of 1.1 million individuals.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. Meaningful use payments pass $30B mark

    As of March 2015, CMS has paid out more than $30 billion in meaningful use payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals participating in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  5. Epic EMR leads small practice market share; McKesson updates CDS solution; and Jeb Bush loves his Apple Watch — 9 key notes on health IT companies

    Here are nine recent news updates on key health IT companies. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  6. New York City HHC reports possible PHI disclosure of 90,000 patients

    A former New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. employee improperly accessed and transmitted files containing protected health information, prompting the health system to notify nearly 90,000 patients their data may be compromised.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  7. Milford Regional Medical Center achieves HIMSS stage 6

    HIMSS Analytics has recognized Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center for its EMR system use, awarding the hospital stage 6 designation on its EMR Adoption Model. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  8. Already a $17B industry, telemedicine poised for explosive growth

    It would be an understatement to say telemedicine is growing in popularity and prevalence in the healthcare industry — the market for video consultations is on a path of exponential increase. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  9. Patient groups seek MU alignment to be ACO requirement

    In comments submitted to CMS' CMO and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality Patrick Conway, MD, the Coalition for Better Care outlined recommendations that the group believes should be central to the next generation of accountable care organizations. By Akanksha Jayanthi -