Brian Eastwood

Senior Editor

Brian Eastwood is a senior editor for CIO.com with more than 10 years of experience writing, editing and producing content for newspapers and the Web. He is primarily responsible for working with CIO.com's contributors and columnists, who cover topics such as cloud computing, big data, development and architecture, personal tech, the IT channel, business applications, BYOD, consumerization and business / project management. Brian's specific area of interest and expertise is healthcare IT. Prior to CIO.com, Brian was an editor at TechTarget and a newspaper reporter in the Boston suburbs. Outside the office, Brian is a history buff with a particular interest in postwar Europe and a runner who recently finished his 10th marathon.

Community Health Breach Highlights Healthcare Security Vulnerabilities

New Hospital CEOs Tend to Be Outsiders, Were Rarely CIOs

New Hospital CEOs Tend to Be Outsiders, Were Rarely CIOs

Look at the hospital C-suite moves made so far in 2014 and you'll see that facilities tend to hire outside candidates for CEO and promote the COO if they do look internally. They all but ignore the CIO when filling the corner office...

Teaching Leadership to Healthcare CISOs Aim of New Certification

Teaching Leadership to Healthcare CISOs Aim of New Certification

Through a joint effort of the Health Information Trust Alliance and Southern Methodist University, healthcare IT security professionals can add leadership and management skills to their technical know-how.

Making Fitness Trackers Last Requires Coordinated Effort

Making Fitness Trackers Last Requires Coordinated Effort

If the future of healthcare is to be collaborative as well as data-driven, then fitness trackers need to improve on their 33 percent abandonment rate. That will require a bit of effort on the part of health insurers, patients and...

Why Hospitals Still Struggle to Sell Telehealth

Why Hospitals Still Struggle to Sell Telehealth

Yes, the technology can get complicated. Yes, licensure and reimbursement remain a regulatory mess. That said, telehealth is arguably one of healthcare IT's few 'easy wins' for physicians as well as patients. If your organization has...

Full-time Health IT Workers Aren't As Happy As Consultants

Full-time Health IT Workers Aren't As Happy As Consultants

Despite the benefits and job security, full-time healthcare IT employees are less likely than short-term consultants to say they are 'very satisfied' with their jobs and their pay. This means organizations must toe the line between...

Healthcare Industry Enters Meaningful Use Waiting Game

Healthcare Industry Enters Meaningful Use Waiting Game

The federal government is working on a rule to relax the requirements for stage 2 of meaningful use. Electronic health record users and vendors have little choice but to wait. That doesn't make them happy.

9 C-Level Titles Unique to Healthcare

9 C-Level Titles Unique to Healthcare

An industry that’s as unique as healthcare is bound to have some equally unique executive roles. Here are nine C-level titles that are either specific to healthcare or got their start in healthcare.

Wearable Tech's Dilemma: Too Much Data, Not Enough Insight

Wearable Tech's Dilemma: Too Much Data, Not Enough Insight

Analysts say as many as 130 million wearable tech devices will be sold by 2018. They promise to improve health, fitness and wellness. To have that impact, though, wearable tech must go beyond telling people things they already know.

Why Healthcare IT Spending Needs to Shift Its Focus

Why Healthcare IT Spending Needs to Shift Its Focus

Most healthcare IT spending emphasize architecture and electronic health records. This has the dual effect of adding little value and leaving little room for transformative innovation. With healthcare's business model on the verge of...

Does Meaningful Use Need an Overhaul?

Does Meaningful Use Need an Overhaul?

The meaningful use incentive program has stimulated electronic health record adoption in the United States -- but confusing, conflicting proposals to change and delay the program's next stages lead many to wonder if meaningful use...

Healthcare Cloud Use Prevalent, Poised to Spread, HIMSS Says

Healthcare Cloud Use Prevalent, Poised to Spread, HIMSS Says

Survey results from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's analytics arm says more than 80 percent of organizations use cloud services, primarily to host apps and data. Concerns remain, particularly around...

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