ONC's DeSalvo continues to stress moving beyond Meaningful Use

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo made no bones about the direction she and ONC would like to see federal health IT efforts take in a keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Policy Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.

Deven McGraw: HIPAA likely doesn't cover Apple Watch

FierceHealthIT spoke with Deven McGraw (pictured), a partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and longtime member of the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee, about privacy and security concerning Apple Watch and HealthKit. 

Hospital execs: Meaningful Use, interoperability discussions can't be separated

Provider-based health IT professionals stated their case for why they need more flexibility for Meaningful Use Stage 2 during a briefing at the Russell Senate Building in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Coverage, reimbursement remain barriers to telehealth use, health industry leaders testify

Coverage and reimbursement of telehealth, especially for Medicaid and Medicare, was the topic of choice during a roundtable discussion held by the U.S. Senate Special Commission on Aging on Tuesday.

Healthcare takes cautious approach to new technology

Early adopters of technology are more likely to lead in revenue growth and market position, according to a study conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and sponsored by Verizon, though healthcare tends to take a cautious approach.


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