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  • 6 Recent Health IT Vendor Contracts and Go-Lives

    The following is a roundup of recent health IT vendor contracts and go-lives reported within the last week:  
  • UPMC Reports 27,000 Victims of Data Breach

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC has reported the number of employees affected by a data breach at its facility has risen from 322 to 27,000, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.  
  • Citrus Valley Health Partners Has Already Attested to MU2 Year 1: Here's How

    On March 31, Citrus Valley Health Partners, a three-hospital system headquartered in Covina, Calif., completed its 90-day attestation period for year one of meaningful use stage 2, making the health system one of the first in the country to reach this milestone. 
  • 4 Emerging Health IT Companies Leveraging the Power of Big Data

     Electronic medical records, patient monitoring devices and other technological advances are bringing more and more data into the healthcare industry. The challenge for the industry now is to use that data to lower costs and improve care. 
  • The Life of a Healthcare CIO: Mercy's Gil Hoffman

    In collaboration with CHIME, Becker's Hospital Review's "Life of a Healthcare CIO" series features leading hospital and health system CIOs from across the country who are sharing their experiences, best practices and challenges. 
  • 3 Hospitals That Have Hosted Hackathons

    hack·a·thon (n.): An event, often spanning a period of days, in which programmers and others involved in software, Web or app development come together to create new products, usually under a common theme or in an attempt to solve a problem. 
  • Survey: Consumers Are Using Monitoring Apps, But Not Sharing Results With Physicians

    About 70 percent of consumers use fitness, calorie-counting or similar apps to help monitor their well-being, according to a survey by mobile solutions vendor Mobiquity. However, 60 percent of these users don't share information or trends gleaned from these apps with their healthcare providers. 
  • athenahealth Q1 Results Miss Analysts' Expectations, Stocks Drop

    Stocks of health IT vendor athenahealth fell slightly in Thursday's trading after the company reported earnings of $0.12 per share for the first quarter of 2014, lower than analysts' expectations of $0.17 per share, according to a report in The Street. 
  • How Sutter Health Uses Tablets to Improve Care Coordination

    In 2012, Sutter Care at Home, an affiliate of Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, began providing Android tablets for staff to use to access read-only copies of patients' electronic health records. 
  • New Report Calls for MU3 to Foster Interoperability, National Health IT Architecture

    A report recently released by JASON, an independent group of science and technology experts that often advises the federal government, calls on HHS to use meaningful use stage 3 to promote a standardized, national health IT architecture that would be a significant step toward interoperability. 
  • Epic Rollout Causes UNC Health Care to Temporarily Reduce Patient Load

    UNC Health Care, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., will temporarily reduce the number of patients seen at its facilities while the launch of the system's new Epic electronic health record system is underway. 
  • Is Big Data Paralyzing Healthcare?

    Healthcare is a data-driven industry. Healthcare providers collect information from patients to analyze and arrive at a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment. Health systems look at data on a larger scale to identify areas for clinical improvement, or areas in which their hospitals excel. On an even larger scale, healthcare providers aggregate data from a wider geographic or cultural spread to determine overarching trends.  
  • Virtua, CHOP Successfully Link Epic and Siemens EHR Systems

    Recently, Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia expanded their existing relationship by connecting their EHR systems to allow providers from both systems to seamlessly share patient information.  
  • New App Gives Patients Access to Mayo Clinic for $50 a Month

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic has released a new app that allows consumers to pay $50 a month to access many of the hospital's resources, according to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal report.  
  • 5 Recent Health IT Funding Announcements

    The first quarter of 2014 broke records for health IT funding, as venture capital firms poured $858 million into both startups and established companies. 
  • Study: Cost Largest Barrier to e-Prescribing Adoption Among Physicians

    Recent studies have shown e-prescribing to have a host of benefits, including a more streamlined workflow for physicians, a reduction in errors that result from misread handwritten prescriptions and increased patient satisfaction. However, the costs associated with e-prescribing have kept many ambulatory physicians reaching for pen and pad, according to a literature review in Perspectives in Health Information Management. 
  • OIG: Outsourcing Administrative Functions Offshore Places PHI at Risk

    By sending claims outside of the U.S. for processing, state Medicaid agencies are increasing the risk of compromising beneficiaries' protected health information, according to a report from HHS' Office of the Inspector General. 
  • Report: Consumers Will Have Bought 112M Wearable Devices by 2018

    By the end of 2014, more than 19 million wearable devices will have been shipped to consumers. That number is projected to reach 112 million by the end of 2018, according to research from IDC. 
  • Data Breach Threat: 22% of Healthcare Workers Share Their Passwords

    Across industries, about 35 percent of IT leaders and professionals believe no password-sharing occurs within their organization, according to a recent survey by IS Decisions. 
  • The Fundamentals of Vendor Security

    Granting vendors network access is a common necessity for most healthcare organizations. But, as a spate of recent data breaches — the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration among them —has demonstrated, security concerns are compounded when external partners are granted access.