Entries by Alexander Craddock

New Healthcare Developments from HIMSS17

The massive meet-up known as HIMSS17 drew more than 42,000 healthcare IT professionals to Orlando during the last full week of February. Attendees learned the latest on artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies — and how they may impact the sector — along with crucial updates on information security and electronic health records (EHRs). The […]

NetDirector Exceeds Demanding Security Standards with SOC2 and HIPAA Certifications

TAMPA, Fla., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has recently completed work with A-LIGN to undergo rigorous and valuable security certifications. NetDirector was recently awarded attestations in compliance with HIPAA and SOC2 Type II standards, the leading security standards in Healthcare and Mortgage Banking, respectively. The SOC 2, or […]

Healthcare Data That Makes a Difference

Physicians and hospitals in Kansas are pilot-testing a new analytic tool that gives them access to clinical data for patients across all providers linked to the state’s health information exchange (HIE). The technology enables providers to pull reports from a dashboard package built around high-risk patients, preventive care initiatives, readmissions and disease registries. The aim […]

Is Interoperability Disruption Inevitable in Healthcare?

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) closed out 2016 with a cautionary message regarding future interoperability challenges. CHIME’s Board of Trustees raised concern over “persisting lack of interoperability among and across our disparate health system” in a December 16 letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Andy Slavitt. While generally […]

Healthcare Data in 2017

IT executives in healthcare face an expanding array of challenges in 2017 as the industry takes initial steps away from transactional-based, fee-for-service models and toward reimbursements tied to measures of value and quality. The clock has started ticking on Medicare reform’s implementation, with provider performance data gathered this year providing the basis for physician payments […]

Healthcare Year in Review: The Data Perspective

As 2016 comes to a close, major developments in health information technology reveal continuing storylines for the year to come. Here’s a brief overview of progress made and ongoing opportunities for health information exchange to surmount pending challenges. Value-based care Medicare and commercial insurers are moving quickly toward valued-based payment models, leaving fee-for-service behind. Nonetheless, […]

EHR Satisfaction is Up, but Interoperability and Support Issues Persist

EHR Satisfaction is Up, But Interoperability and Support Issues Persist Satisfaction with electronic health record (EHR) systems is on the rise, according to a recent survey of healthcare professionals across a broad range of facilities. However, system interoperability and support operations raised some red flags among respondents. The 340 responses compiled by Healthcare IT News […]

Why is Interoperability Progress So Slow?

A little over a year ago, a group of electronic health record (EHR) vendors and providers gathered to map out objective, transparent measures of health information exchange. Research firm KLAS and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) shortly thereafter released a joint study of more than 240 provider and 15 vendor organizations. The […]