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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Good, bad and ugly: the ultimate analysis of the government’s latest health IT strategies

Good, bad and ugly: the ultimate analysis of the government’s latest health IT strategies

March 24, 2015 11:17 pm by | 2 Comments

This analysis was written by Micky Tripathi and John Halamka.On Friday March 20, CMS released the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 3 and ONC released the 2015 Edition Health Information…


Where does the ONC go in a post-Meaningful Use world?

Where does the ONC go in a post-Meaningful Use world?

March 1, 2015 11:15 am by | 1 Comments

As Meaningful Use winds down and incentive dollars are fully spent, what is the optimal role for ONC going forward?Some pundits have suggested that ONC step aside and return all…



Healthcare CIOs: Don’t give up! Instead, make innovation part of the daily routine

Healthcare CIOs: Don’t give up! Instead, make innovation part of the daily routine

February 25, 2015 1:00 pm by | 1 Comments

CIOs are at a challenging crossroads in their careers.   Regulatory burdens, security threats, and changing reimbursement models have led to a demand for change that seems overwhelming.   As…


In my own words: the story behind the athenahealth-BIDMC collaboration

In my own words: the story behind the athenahealth-BIDMC collaboration

February 4, 2015 8:45 am by | 0 Comments

BIDMC has self-developed its core clinical information systems for many years.  We certified all our applications for the 2011 and 2014 ONC criteria, attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 1 and…


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…