beastwood

beastwood

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 11th marathon.

Articles by beastwood

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How to Cultivate a Strong Healthcare CIO-CMIO Relationship

In addition to the typical tugs of war with finance, marketing and operations departments, healthcare CIOs must meet the needs of physicians. That's why it pays for the CIO and the chief medical information officer -- often the liaison between medical and IT staffs -- to be on the same page.
November 17, 2014
Feature

Inside AHIMA’s Framework for Healthcare Information Governance

Healthcare historically struggles with information governance. That's not surprising, given how much data there is and how many disparate sources it comes from. The American Health Information Management Association hopes to change that.
November 13, 2014
Why Is Healthcare IT Under Fire?
Opinion

Why Is Healthcare IT Under Fire?

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has lost several key figures in recent months. An economic report suggests that meaningful use may have been a waste of money. Why is healthcare IT under such duress?
November 10, 2014
Predicting the Role of Healthcare CIOs in 2020
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Predicting the Role of Healthcare CIOs in 2020

In a market as tumultuous as healthcare, there's little doubt that the role of the CIO will be dramatically different in just a few short years. Embracing partnership and collaboration will help today's healthcare CIOs continue to succeed tomorrow.
November 3, 2014
Healthcare CIOs Can’t Be Afraid to Innovate
News Analysis

Healthcare CIOs Can’t Be Afraid to Innovate

Kodak invented the very technology that led to its demise. There are lessons there for healthcare, where everything from wearables to robot surgeons threaten to disrupt -- for the better --the way the industry practices medicine.
October 29, 2014
Future Points to Healthcare IT as a Service
News Analysis

Future Points to Healthcare IT as a Service

Adopting social, mobile, analytics and cloud technology should save healthcare providers money in the long run. It should also help them use their EHR systems as a service, according to a joint report from EMC and MeriTalk.
October 23, 2014
News Analysis

5 Ways Digital Health Startups Can Break From the Pack

It's a good time to be a healthcare startup, as investors are pouring billions into the market. However, it’s a crowded field and to attract funding you have to stand out. Here are five tips to help digital health startups land venture capital.
October 20, 2014
Medical Device Security Benchmarks Emerging
News Analysis

Medical Device Security Benchmarks Emerging

In recent weeks, the FDA and the Center for Internet Security have released guidance documents on medical device security. While there are no hard and fast recommendations, given the diverse types of devices and environments in which they're used, there are benchmarks for manufacturers and purchasers.
October 15, 2014
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12 Tips for Responding to Rising Healthcare IT Security Threats

Healthcare faces a growing breadth and depth of security threats (both intentional and accidental). These 12 steps will help IT leaders prepare for, respond to and perhaps even stay ahead of the latest dangers.
October 13, 2014
Bad EHR Workflow Played Role in Ebola Patient’s Release
Opinion

Bad EHR Workflow Played Role in Ebola Patient’s Release

The first Ebola patient in the U.S. was initially discharged from the hospital when critical information entered in one part of the EHR system didn't appear in another. The incident is less an indictment of the hospital or its EHR vendor, though, and more of a commentary on the unfortunate state of EHR workflows.
October 6, 2014
Private Health Insurance Exchanges Poised for ‘Hypergrowth’
News Analysis

Private Health Insurance Exchanges Poised for ‘Hypergrowth’

Public health insurance exchanges removed nearly 10 million American adults from the ranks of the uninsured. However, the sites were plagued with problems -- and the second year of sign-ups may bring additional headaches. That leads some to suggest that private exchanges may have a brighter future if they get the technology right.
September 30, 2014
News Analysis

HIMSS Leadership Survey: Everything Old Is New Again

When HIMSS released its first health IT leadership survey in 1990, the industry buzzed with the potential of bedside systems, the online medical record and the computer-based patient record. Terms (and times) have changed, but the themes have not.
September 24, 2014
In Evolving Healthcare Business Model, Tech Plays Vital Role
News Analysis

In Evolving Healthcare Business Model, Tech Plays Vital Role

The healthcare industry's shift toward value-based, coordinated care won't succeed if providers, payers and patients aren't connected to the information they need to make better health and wellness decisions. Entities that fail to do so could put themselves out of business.
September 23, 2014
News

What’s Hot, Not in Healthcare IT Startups

Healthcare startups pop up just about everywhere these days. Experts from Health 2.0, Rock Health and StartUp Health weigh in on what types of tech get the most (and least) attention from health entrepreneurs.
September 10, 2014
Why Patient Portals Remain Healthcare’s Enigma
Feature

Why Patient Portals Remain Healthcare’s Enigma

In an era when consumers can do just about anything online, you'd think the patient portal would be a popular way to communicate with the doctor's office. You'd be wrong, though. What's holding patient portals back?
September 2, 2014
How Virtualized Apps, Devices Power Franciscan Missionaries’ Wellness Program
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How Virtualized Apps, Devices Power Franciscan Missionaries’ Wellness Program

Bringing a wellness program run largely by home-based clinicians to employers in rural Louisiana required Franciscan Missionaries to answer some questions about accessing applications and sharing data. Having a centralized and virtualized IT infrastructure in place eased the process.
August 27, 2014
Feature

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 -- but that might actually be a sign of respect.
August 20, 2014
Teaching Leadership to Healthcare CISOs Aim of New Certification
News Analysis

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.
August 18, 2014
Why Hospitals Still Struggle to Sell Telehealth
News Analysis

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 yet to see the light, here's what you need to do to sell telehealth.
August 4, 2014