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New Report Assesses The Financial Health of HIT Companies


New Report Assesses The Financial Health of HIT CompaniesOn Monday, Medical Economics – a leading business publication for physicians in the United States – released a new report ranking the top 100 health information technology (HIT) companies with complete electronic health records (EHR) systems.

According to the details shared with mHealthWatch, an estimated 729 companies offer EHR systems targeting healthcare providers.

Though experts say the market is ripe for consolidation, the financial health of these companies remains the most important determinant for product development, innovation and the ability to meet the next challenges of interoperability posed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) EHR incentive program for Meaningful Use 2.
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National Coordinator of ONC Stepping Down


National Coordinator of ONC Stepping DownDr. Farzad Mostashari is stepping down as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this fall.

Farzad, a leader in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) for the last four years, stunned many with the unexpected news of his pending departure.

No reason was given for the resignation, however, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confirmed the news.
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Infographic: Assessing The Impact of Health Information Technology


Infographic Assessing The Impact of Health Information TechnologyThe growing sophistication of health information technology continues to dramatically impact all aspects of modern healthcare.

From boosting patient education to fostering colleboration among physicians and caretakers, the statistics are clear and compelling – health IT is changing healthcare for the better.

Fittingly, a new infographic from HealthIT.gov highlights how America’s healthcare providers are now using EHRs and Health IT to “achieve meaningful use and help to improve their patients’ care and health.”

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ONC & Health 2.0 Launch Three New Developer Challenges for Health IT Innovation


The folks behind the Health 2.0 Conference together with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Innovation (ONC) have launched three new “Investing in Innovation” (i2) Initiative competitions that challenge developer communities to develop innovative health information technology (HIT) solutions.

Like many of the previous competitions we’ve seen from various government agencies and private organizations, the new i2 programs promote the use of technology to “drive better outcomes, engage users in their health and improve healthcare quality.”  The three new challenges being introduced are the “Health Innovations in Commuting Challenge,” “Discharge Follow-Up Appointment Challenge” and the “EHR Accessibility Module Challenge.”

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Information Week: Top 9 Health IT Stories of ’11


As we close out 2011, we can look back at all that happened in terms of health IT over the last 12 months.  While it was an exciting time for the healthcare industry and its advancement towards digital and mobile technology, 2011 also brought about many challenges and lessons for healthcare organizations of all shapes and sizes as we enter the new year.

InformationWeek published an excellent roundup of the top 9 health IT stories of 2011, spanning everything from providers rushing to integrate Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems to qualify for the government’s Meaningful Use financial incentives, to the proliferation of mobile health apps, and the pitfalls of not securing sensitive patient data that resulted in a few high profile data breaches.

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2012 PHI Security Predictions: More Data Breaches, Litigation, Social Media Risks top the List


ID Experts, a Portland-based provider of data breach solutions, has published a new report entitled “Top 11 Trends for 2012 in Healthcare Data,” with many of which relating to mobile access to healthcare information and the security risks involved.

Before looking ahead to 2012, ID Experts offered their summary of the last 12 months by saying “2011 was the year when most physicians had mobile devices, when healthcare became one of the most-breached industries, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) cracked the whip with investigations and multi-million-dollar fines for organizations that didn’t meet their patient privacy obligations.”

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Obama Administration Takes New Steps to Encourage Doctors & Hospitals to use Health IT


It was announced recently that the Obama Administration has taken new steps to encourage doctors and healthcare organizations to adopt and start leveraging new healthcare IT.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the government is now making it even easier for doctors and other health professionals to adopt health IT and receive incentive payments that were previously made available under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

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