HDM’s Top 12 news stories of 2018
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It was a tumultuous year for healthcare IT executives, as new pressures emerged to direct IT strategies. We annually review the stories that attract the most reader attention, and what follows are the articles that received the most readership over the year. They also provide a glimpse ahead to the issues that will loom as important in the year ahead.
The risks of Cerner’s DoD rollout
DoD rollout of Cerner EHR deemed not operationally effective or suitable

As questions arose about Cerner’s ability to deliver a functional product that meets the Department of Defense’s needs for its health system.
Most Powerful Women, 2018 edition
HDM announces Most Powerful Women in HIT honorees

HDM’s annual listing of the most powerful women in healthcare IT annually attracts industry wide attention. This article announced the 2018 winners.
EHR burden reduction
Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Verma, the businesswoman Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg
CMS proposed rule on EHRs seeks to reduce provider burden

Federal efforts to reduce the challenge of EHRs on providers are gaining momentum.
IBM Watson Health
What’s going on at IBM’s Watson Health?

Changes in efforts at the AI branch of IBM gained attention in 2018.
Amazon moves
David Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon.com Inc., speaks as the new Fire TV, from left, Echo, and Echo Plus devices sit on display during the company's product reveal launch event in downtown Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Amazon unveiled a smaller, cheaper version of its popular Alexa-powered Echo speaker that the e-commerce giant said has better sound. Photographer: Daniel Berman/Bloomberg
How Amazon’s digital health moves could affect providers

This story analyzes the emerging strategy of the technology giant to impact the healthcare IT industry.
Prior authorization bill
President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
House passes Medicare Part D electronic prior authorization bill

The bill promises to increase the use of IT in prescribing by physicians.
Google moves
Google announces Cloud Healthcare API to unlock health data

This article covers the use of an API that will better enable healthcare organizations to take advantage of its cloud.
Reducing coding burdens
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaks during a 'Conversations with the Women of America' event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Republican leaders in Congress are angling for another short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown at the end of this week while trying to keep a dispute over immigration separate from their attempts to get agreement on spending priorities. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
CMS proposed rule reduces Evaluation and Management coding burden

The agency wants to make changes in how physicians code typical encounters, typically aiding the use of electronic health systems.
VA’s EHR decision
VA finally pulls trigger and awards Cerner $10B EHR contract

The agency finally made its long-awaited decision to give Cerner a multi-billion dollar contract to replace its existing EHR system.
AMA pressure
AMA president calls for end to electronic health record abuse

The organization representing the nation’s physicians continues to exert pressure to reduce the burden of records systems on doctors.
Ransomware attack analysis
Erie County Medical Center
Erie County Medical Center: Anatomy of a ransomware attack

Managing Editor Greg Slabodkin gives insight into the cause and aftereffects of a devastating ransomware attack at Erie County Medical Center.
Cleveland Clinic and IT
Cleveland Clinic lays out its health IT strategy for future

One of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare organizations details what its plans are for the use of healthcare IT to deliver its vision for care.