A penetration test of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's computer network conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General uncovered several vulnerabilities.
With CMS doling out billions of dollars in Meaningful Use incentive payments, it is no surprise that providers are increasingly at risk of being audited to see if they actually were entitled to the money. And the stakes of being audited are high: A provider that fails just one element of a Meaningful Use audit not only must return the entire incentive payment for that year, but also is automatically scheduled for another audit of another participating year.
So how can providers reduce the risk that they'll be subject to a Meaningful Use audit? Read our latest special report to learn more. Special Report
Strategic radiology spending: What providers must know
How do hospitals know when it is time to acquire a new piece of imaging equipment, or replace an old one?
First, they must have a comprehensive understanding of the state of their imaging equipment inventories in order to have any kind of capital acquisition or replacement program that makes strategic sense, according to Robert Maliff, director of the applied solutions group at the ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that researches the best ways to improve patient care.
In a new special report, FierceMedicalImaging examines the various factors that impact strategic spending by medical imaging providers. Read more...
For a company whose founders claim they have no interest in healthcare, Google certainly has a lot of irons in that particular fire.
This past week, it was reported that the search engine giant is testing out a new Helpouts feature that enables users searching for illness symptoms to talk, in real time, to doctors about their concerns and to get clarity on their searches. During a trial phase, Google will cover the cost of chats for patients.
It's the latest in a long line of health-related ventures, despite the assertion by co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page that the industry is a "painful business to be in." Read more...
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Karen DeSalvo will step down from her role as National Coordinator for Health IT, effective immediately, to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider also will step down in late November.
Hospital CIOs expressed concern that the sudden announced departures of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider potentially leave federal health IT efforts in limbo.
Telehealth is becoming an essential tool for empowering nurses out in the field as they care for their patients, according to Visiting Nurse Services of New York telehealth program manager Alice Rainford-Miller.
Despite widespread support for a learning health system (LHS)--one in which the care of each patient leads to improvement for everyone--creating such a system on the national level remains a challenge. At a National Science Foundation workshop, participants tried to pin down exactly what creating such a system entails.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives this week launched a pair of organizations geared toward representing chief technology officers and chief application officers in healthcare.
While personal health data abounds, it won't help patients make the right healthcare decisions if they don't know what to do with it, according to Harry Greenspun, M.D., senior adviser at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
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