It was, as always, an eventful year for the health information technology industry, everywhere from hospitals to physician practices, vendor headquarters to the halls of Congress. 2014 was marked by big stories about ICD-10, privacy and security and patient safety. It saw one of the biggest mergers in recent years, and pointed to new avenues ahead for interoperability and data exchange.
As we prepare for another busy year ahead, we look back on Healthcare IT News' 10 most popular stories of 2014.
- Don't dismiss the healthcare industry as one of the last to innovate quite yet. When it comes to adopting cloud technology, it is actually ahead of the game, according to a new report.In fact, according to the Dell-conducted survey, which took the pulse of technology adoption levels across multiple industries, the lion's share of mid-sized healthcare organizations – some 96 percent of them – are using or seriously considering using the cloud.HIPAA breaches not only take a hit to your organization's reputation and can result in an administrative nightmare. They can also cost a pretty penny, as one Boston-based hospital is realizing this month.
As chief data officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Eugene Kolker has a fairly unusual job title – especially for this industry. "In healthcare it's extremely, extremely rare," he says. But that may be changing.
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"To my knowledge, I was one of the first couple" CDOs in healthcare, says Kolker, who took on that position at Seattle Children's way back in 2007.