For Providers

Shortage of Project Managers Sends Businesses Scrambling

When it comes to project management, many organizations find themselves understaffed and that’s putting them at a competitive disadvantage, according to a study by ESI International.

Project managers are in short supply, and that will leave many organizations woefully disadvantaged as the economy rebounds, according to a recent study by project management training company ESI International.

Health IT leaders must 'adapt or die'

Healthcare organizations struggling with information technology must “adapt or die,” according to a recent article in CIO magazine.

Thanks to electronic health records, patient data is now in repositories, and CIOs must make sense of all that data and protect it.

Skip Snow, a senior analyst with Forrester research and advisory firm, told CIO about five technology imperatives for U.S. healthcare providers—here are three:

App support kills off 38 percent of IT budget for top firms

Application support and maintenance is now costing 38 percent of the IT budgets of the Global 2000 companies—an increase of 29 percent, according to a new study.

IT services company HCL recently surveyed 300 CIOs on how much they are spending annually on app support and maintenance. The study found that on average, top firms spend approximately $11.3 million each.

2013 WEDI Report Released Today - Will Serve as a New Roadmap for Health IT

Ten Key Recommendations That Will Shape the Next Generation of Healthcare Information Exchange

 Reston, VA – December 5, 2013 – Today, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Foundation, a leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve healthcare information exchange, in partnership with industry leaders, released the 2013 WEDI Report.  The culmination of a nine month public-private effort with more than 200 subject matter expert volunteers, the 2013 WEDI Report will serve as a new roadmap for Health IT over the next decade.

IG 101: What is Information Governance

Unlike most businesses and industries, in a simplified view healthcare is really about life and death, where data and information can be considered the lifeblood of any organization in providing healthcare services. Healthcare information a critical resource that must be understood and utilized appropriately in order to provide safe, effective, and high-quality care.

CMS Meaningful-use deadline pushed back one year

The CMS is giving providers another year to show they’ve met the Stage 2 criteria of the federal government’s incentive program to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. That means the start of the next phase will be pushed back a year. 

Stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and Stage 3 won’t begin until at least fiscal year 2017 for hospitals and calendar year 2017 for physicians and other eligible professionals that have by then completed at least two years at Stage 2, the CMS said Friday.