Dr. John D. Halamka

Dr. John D. Halamka

Dr. John D. Halamka is chief information officer and dean for technology at Harvard Medical School who writes at Life as a Healthcare CIO.

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These actual discharge papers show meaningful use in action on MassHIWay

These actual discharge papers show meaningful use in action on MassHIWay

September 24, 2014 3:02 pm by | 0 Comments

My 83 year old father-in-law returned from a recent outpatient visit to his primary care provider with two customized handouts  - a transition of care summary detailing problems/meds/allergies and an…


Thumbs up for usability after early experiences with the iPhone 6

Thumbs up for usability after early experiences with the iPhone 6

September 21, 2014 5:09 pm by | 3 Comments

I’m truly not an “Apple fanboy.” I’m a believer in “do-acracy,” rewarding people and companies that create useful products which save me time.I stay objective about every company.  I recently…



Beth Israel uses Glass and EHR data in the ED to make time-sensitive treatment decisions faster, smarter

Beth Israel uses Glass and EHR data in the ED to make time-sensitive treatment decisions faster, smarter

April 9, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

I’m now able to publicly write about the work that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been doing with stealthy start up, Wearable Intelligence. We’ve been working over the past…


ICD-10 — What next?

ICD-10 — What next?

April 2, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

After the senate vote  on HR 4302  last night , I sent an email to the CIOs of payers and providers in Massachusetts, suggesting that we need to capture the…


Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship Application: what happens to my incentives and penalties?

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship Application: what happens to my incentives and penalties?

March 13, 2014 9:17 am by | 0 Comments

Many people have emailed me about the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship application for hospitals and eligible professionals.The most common question is – if I apply for hardship, what happens…


QR codes on patient room doors integrates Google Glass into hospital care

QR codes on patient room doors integrates Google Glass into hospital care

March 12, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Over the past few months, Beth Israel Deaconess has been the pilot site for a new approach to clinical information technology, wearable computing.In the Emergency Department, we’ve developed a prototype…


A Primer on Meaningful Use and HISPs

A Primer on Meaningful Use and HISPs

March 6, 2014 8:22 am by | 0 Comments

The Massachusetts State government offers low cost HIE services including Direct transport to all the stakeholders of the Commonwealth.    Recently. Micky Tripathi wrote this FAQ which is so good…



I read the Voluntary 2015 EHR certification criteria so you don’t have to

I read the Voluntary 2015 EHR certification criteria so you don’t have to

February 24, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

There’s nothing like a crisp New England winter evening, a roaring fire, a cup of cider, and a 242 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to fill your Friday night.I’ve summarized…


For patient device generated data, we need to support innovation

For patient device generated data, we need to support innovation

February 5, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

At last week’s Meaningful Use Workgroup meeting, Leslie Kelly Hall and I reviewed the HIT Standards Committee recommendations for patient generated healthcare data from online applications and devices.We offered guiding…


5 pieces of advice for the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology

5 pieces of advice for the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology

January 22, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on Jan. 13, 2014.   After my brief discussion with her last week, I can already tell she’s…


Meaningful use and certification improvements

Meaningful use and certification improvements

December 6, 2013 8:35 pm by | 0 Comments

Recently, HHS circulated the following important announcement:”CMS to Propose New Timeline for Meaningful Use Implementation and ONC to Propose New Regulatory Approach to CertificationI wanted to make sure you were…


Commanding Vs. Leading

Commanding Vs. Leading

December 4, 2013 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

When I first became a CIO, my role involved writing applications and managing architecture at a detailed level.   Over the past 17 years, my role has become much more…


Obamacare’s impact on the national healthcare IT timeline

Obamacare’s impact on the national healthcare IT timeline

November 20, 2013 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

I’ve recently written about healthcare.gov and the lesson that going live too soon creates a very unpleasant memory. As I work with healthcare leaders in Boston, in New England, and throughout the country, I’m seeing signs that well resourced medical c…


Meaningful Use Stage 2 data: Certification versus attestation

Meaningful Use Stage 2 data: Certification versus attestation

October 28, 2013 10:40 am by | 0 Comments

Of all the Meaningful Use Stage 2 questions I’m asked by vendors, HISPs, and providers, many involve confusion between certification and attestation.As I’ve written about several times, the certification criteria…


Health Insurance Exchange launch: ‘Haste makes waste’ says committee member

Health Insurance Exchange launch: ‘Haste makes waste’ says committee member

October 24, 2013 8:30 am by | 0 Comments

CIOs face many pressures – increase scope, reduce timelines, trim budgets.     After nearly 20 years as a CIO, I’ve learned a great deal about project success factors.When faced with go live pressures, I tell my staff the following:”If y…