Author Archives: Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

Trump’s executive orders have effects on health IT

Donald J. Trump

Donald J. Trump

Health IT is getting tangled up in several of President Trump’s executive orders, and with more expected to touch the industry, tech companies and health IT divisions of health care providers will likely face continued uncertainty over staffing and regulations.

The immigration ban

Tech giants including Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have been among the most vocal critics of Trump’s controversial (and possibly unlawful) immigration ban. Continue reading

Sluggish growth in health IT and other 2017 predictions

Image by Michael Sheehan via flickr.

Image by Michael Sheehan via flickr.

It’s time for annual predictions for health IT, and it’s no surprise that some are expecting slower growth this year as health providers focus resources on shifting winds expected for insurance coverage and reimbursement.

Black Book Market Research’s nine health care tech trends, drawn from surveys of health care executives, suggests “the brakes being pumped on advanced software acquisitions due to political and funding uncertainty that is menacing long term strategies….” Continue reading

CMS moves into the future, and looks back

Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

As we cover leadership changes at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), it is worth reflecting on the advancements at the federal agency in recent years – especially its increased focus on health information technology.

The CMS oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs, but its duties expanded over the past decade to include greater access to health information online, and to spurring technology innovation in the health sector.

Technology was a focus of outgoing Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt’s prepared final remarks to the CMS staff, delivered Thursday morning. Continue reading

These health tech buzzwords are out; cost control is in, so say investors

fitness-trackerWellness apps. Wearables. Middleware. Big data.

These buzzwords circulating around the health tech world are out, so declared a panel of health investors last week.

Products that reduce costs and/or improve efficiencies are in, they said.

The shift was striking after years of direct-to-consumer and wellness applications taking center stage at tech confabs and in the media.

Health reporters get pitches on digital health products all the time. Keeping up with what investors are looking for in new products and technologies can help us gauge the value of the pitch. Continue reading

The 21st Century Cures Act, health IT and data

GraphicStock

GraphicStock

The 21st Century Cures Act – passed overwhelmingly by Congress in recent days – will have broad implications on health IT and medical technology.

The $6.3 billion bill is probably best known for:

  • Accelerating the path to FDA approval of drugs and medical devices by giving the Food and Drug Administration new authority in this area; Continue reading