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Jonathan Linkous has resigned as CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the group announced on Aug. 7, after leading the organization since it was founded in 1993.

Implementing a new electronic health record (EHR) system will thin a hospital’s financial margins in the first year, according to a report released by credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service, but they usually return to normal afterward.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has selected Harold “Hal” Wolf III, an alum of the Chartis Group and Kaiser Permanente, as its new president and CEO.

Edward Marx will take over as the new chief information officer at Cleveland Clinic, effective Sept. 1.

Neal Patterson, the co-founder and CEO of health IT giant Cerner, died July 9 at age 67, according to a company statement.


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CMS Issues Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday issued guidance for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that need a temporary hardship exemption to implementation of stage 2 meaningful use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

ONC Survey Reveals Government’s Vested Interest in HIT Security

A survey conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finds that people who don’t trust security measures for EHRs are much less likely to support electronic health information exchange (HIE), a key goal of the ONC.

Premier Says Its Platform Helped U.S. Hospitals Save $11.65 Billion and 136,375 Lives

Over five and a half years, the approximately 350 hospitals that have participated in Premier Inc.’s QUEST collaborative beat national averages for costs and mortality through use of the QUEST methodology and integrated analytics, the Charlotte, N.C., company says. The savings so far have added up to $11.65 billion and 136,375 deaths prevented through evidence-based standardization of health care services, according to its figures.

Charles Christian, CIO, St Francis Hospital: HIT Is Enabler, Not Population Health Panacea

After working in health IT (HIT) for 30-plus years, no one could accuse Charles Christian of being a Luddite. However, as a participant in a half dozen health information exchanges (HIEs) at his former post in Indiana—and even more transitions in federal health policy—Christian is not naïve about what HIT can and cannot do when it comes to managing population health.

Christopher J. Donovan: Leveraging Data for Enterprise Business Initiatives

Data governance and discipline are keys to building a modern, maximally efficient enterprise business intelligence (EBI) platform for health care. The actual technology must be secondary to the organizational activities that go into building an EBI platform designed to serve the business information needs of the organization. The data, not the technology, should be the point of control.

Bring on the BYOD: Providing Mobile Access to Patient Data

When it comes to mobile access to patient data, CIOs have two choices: Provide a secure access method, or continue to plug the hole in the dike with their fingers—and pray. With smartphone use among physicians at 98%, according to a 2012 report from Spyglass Consulting, attending and referring physicians who find themselves locked out of mobile access to patient data are likely to be looking for workarounds to circumvent hospital policy.

The Health Information Exchange: Key Lessons in Building a Network for Health Information Sharing

The health information exchange (HIE) is a critical next step in the digital transformation of health care. With the government’s meaningful use (MU) program driving electronic health record (EHR) adoption, health systems are now challenged to create a network that connects providers together to maintain continuity of care for patients. Motivated

EMR 2.0: Mining the EMR for Meaning

The modern electronic medical record (EMR) is a gold mine of data for the health care executive, but that gold too often goes un-mined. At Illinois-based NorthShore University HealthSystem, accessing the mother lode of usable information begins with a database of about two million patients and 100 million transactions.

Strategic EMR Adoption in Dallas: 5 Lessons Learned

A hundred years ago, the founding principle of Children’s Medical Center Dallas (CMCD), Texas, was the radical notion that children required specialized health care. Today, in a metropolitan area that is expected to experience a pediatric patient growth rate of more than double the national average, coordinating the various mechanisms that deliver

Rx for a Sick System Leverage Health IT to Improve and Extend Care

Robert Pearl, MD, has a story about a follow-up conversation with his adult daughter after encouraging her to consult a physician about a seemingly minor problem she had been experiencing with one of her fingers. “She said she had taken my advice,” notes Pearl, who serves as CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. “I answered that I was happy to hear