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  • How to juggle competing priorities: 3 CIOs share best practices

    CIOs' roles have expanded far beyond being simply the head of IT. CIOs are now an increasingly indispensible member of the C-suite, a leader relied upon to both lead hospitals' swelling IT departments as well as help their organizations find success in an increasingly technology-driven world. 
  • 4 health IT startup funding announcements

      In the second quarter of 2014, health IT companies raised $1.8 billion in venture capital over 161 deals, more than double the amount raised in the first quarter of this year and the first time the sector has raised more than $1 billion in a single quarter. 
  • Senate subcommittee to meet about MU3

    Workgroups within the Senate finance and health subcommittees have plans to discuss the meaningful use program with the goal of providing feedback and recommendations to the ONC as the agency prepares for stage 3, according to a report in Politico. 
  • Stakeholders continue to blast C-CDA architecture

    Representatives from several industry groups aired their grievances about the new clinical document exchange standards at a recent meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee's Standards and Implementation workgroup. 
  • Study: Patients more likely to lie when physicians use EHRs

    Worries about privacy or security may keep some patients from being honest about their medical history when they see their physician entering the information into a computer, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 
  • VA overhaul bill includes telemedicine expansion

    After weeks of negotiating, lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached an agreement on legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system. The $17 billion plan includes expansions of telemedicine services to help improve care access and reduce the wait times that have been the center of the scandal that's rocked the department in recent months. 
  • Bill lays groundwork for creation of national clinical data registries

    A new bill before the House Energy and Commerce Committee would require HHS to develop recommendations on how national clinical data registries could be implemented in the U.S. and how they could improve patient care. 
  • Essentia Health patients angered over sharing of information to marketers

    Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health has acknowledged a patient information breach after several patients complained that their names and addresses were given to a marketing firm without their consent, according to a Jamestown Sun report. 
  • Healthcare robot market to be worth $3.7B by 2018

    By 2018, the healthcare robot systems market is expected to be valued at $3.76 billion, according to a Markets and Markets news release. 
  • Healthgrades, athenahealth partner to offer online appointment scheduling

    A new partnership between Denver-based Healthgrades and Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth allows consumers to schedule appointments online. 
  • Study: Physician communication increases following EHR implementation

    The value and usability of the electronic health record is an often-debated topic in the health IT industry. In a recent Medscape survey, 35 percent of respondents said the EHR improves the ability to respond to patient issues, but 70 percent of respondents said the EHR decreases physician face-to-face time with patients. 
  • 4 shortcomings of HIPAA in the era of reform

    As healthcare reform forges on, some players in the healthcare industry have voiced concerns that other key pillars in the field, such as HIPAA, are becoming outdated, according to a report in The Morning Consult. 
  • Biggest health IT stock gains, losses so far in 2014

    Stock prices in the health IT sector declined 10 percent overall in the first half of 2014, according to a report from Healthcare Growth Partners. 
  • 5 trends in virtual desktop infrastructure

    More and more healthcare organizations are using virtual desktop infrastructure, according to a report from IT security firm Imprivata. 
  • What's next in big data: Data lakes

    A growing demand for unaltered and unformatted data, especially for research and analytics efforts, has introduced "the lake" into the health IT lexicon, according to a report from the Brookings Institution. 
  • athenahealth, dental health record vendor expand partnership

    Cloud-based health IT vendor athenahealth is expanding its strategic partnership with Harry Schein to incorporate the latter's Dentrix Enterprise electronic dental record system into the athenaNet electronic health record platform at community health centers, including federally qualified health centers. 
  • Health IT employee satisfaction: 10 key findings

    Overall, health IT consultants appear to be slightly more satisfied with their job than full-time health IT employees, according to a survey from Healthcare IT Leaders, a health IT consulting and staffing firm. 
  • Healthcare analytics market to grow 25% annually

    The global healthcare analytics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 25 percent over the next five years, according to a report from Research and Markets. 
  • Are hospitals misusing HIPAA?

    While HIPAA was enacted to protect the protected health information of patients, it appears hospitals are incorrectly citing HIPAA as a protection of their own interests, argues Charles Ornstein, a ProPublica healthcare journalist, in a report co-published on NPR. 
  • 6 recently launched mHealth apps

    The following mHealth app launches were reported within the past two weeks.