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Sebelius fields accusations, questions on HealthCare.gov in testimony

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who's become the face of the HealthCare.gov controversy, blamed contractors for HealthCare.gov's launch as she fielded questions and accusations from Congress today. "CMS has a track record of successfully overseeing the many contractors our programs depend on to function. Unfortunately, a subset of those contracts for HealthCare.gov have not met expectations," Sebelius told the House Energy and Commerce Committee today.

3 building blocks to good ACO data analytics

Starting with the right kind of data is critical to the success of an accountable care organization (ACO), Naveen Srabu, product management director for Liaison Healthcare Technologies, told an audience at the AHIMA Convention in Atlanta.

athenahealth, with Quantros, to add patient safety reporting

The Watertown, Mass.-based cloud-based health technology company athenahealth has announced it will add patient safety reporting to its workflow, according to Healthcare IT News. athenahealthwill...

HealthCare.gov blame game continues

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner apologized during testimony this week for the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov, but that's about all she could manage to say as lawmakers during the hearing continued to bicker about the website and the Affordable Care Act during the hearing.

WebMD to add patient portal through Avado acquisition

WebMD, which so far has focused on healthcare content, is adding patient engagement technology with the acquisition of Avado for an undisclosed sum. Avado's patient portal is designed to help...

Canadian attitude towards EHRs may be healthier

As an American and Canadian dual national, I found this EHR Intelligence article about dueling surveys as amusing as it was informative. It seems that Canadians are much more receptive to EHRs than...

Lack of skills, commitment waste power of big data analytics

An organization's ability to leverage big data often is hampered by a lack of technical knowledge from the C-suite on down, according to a new study from the IBM Institute for Business Value. The...

Clicks count: How to make your hospital's website work for you

By 2016, more than half of traffic to hospital websites will be on mobile devices. So, it may be a good time to make sure your hospital's site is optimized for mobile.

TELE-MED bill wins support from AHIMA, 63 other groups

A group of 64 organizations and businesses has sent a letter to Congress in support of the TELEhealth for MEDicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2013, calling the bill "a solid step in expanding access to care while lowering costs for consumers through telehealth." Those signing the letter to bill sponsors Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., include the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Health IT Now Coalition, The Rural Broadband Association, Wellpoint and Verizon.

ECRI Institute unveils health IT hazard reporting system

The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization has created a health IT hazard reporting system incorporating Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) common formats and a tested, standardized...