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The disturbing truth behind the Premera, Anthem attacks

As details continue to emerge following the recent hack attacks on payers Anthem and Premera--in which information for close to 90 million consumers combined may have been put at risk--perhaps the most disturbing revelation of all is that, in both instances, neither entity appears to truly take security seriously.

With ICD-10 now on Congress' radar, it's put up--not shut up--time

It seems as if finally--after three delays and endless back-and-forth arguments about merits, costs and complexities—the transition to ICD-10 will happen this October. To briefly recap:

  • First, the deadline was set for October 2011. Then this happened in January 2009
  • Then, the deadline was set for October 2013. Then this happened in February 2012
  • Then, the deadline was pushed back to October 2014. Then this came out of left field last spring

Will the fourth time be the charm?

ONC budget request sends a strong message about the growing importance of health IT

Federal health information technology efforts received a proverbial shot in the arm last week when President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for FY2016 last week.

How health IT security evolved into an industry priority

As recently as last spring, privacy and security appeared to be a back-burner issue for many in the healthcare industry. For instance, a planned cyberattack simulation conducted in April by the...

CES 2015: What health innovations caught your eye?

Much of the tone regarding healthcare at this year's international Consumer Electronics Show focused on ensuring the safety of consumer data shared via wearable devices and other technologies, with both HIMSS (via its Personal Connected Health Alliance) and the Federal Trade Commission speaking out about looming privacy risks.

Still, that didn't take away from the bevy of innovative new tools on display in Las Vegas last week.

Telemedicine success hinges on willingness of states to improve the current landscape

Throughout 2014, telemedicine continued to make inroads for patient care efforts. For instance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in its final physician fee schedule rule posted last fall, agreed to cover a majority of services proposed in July, including psychotherapy and annual wellness visits.

Will ONC ever see a budget increase?

With the recent passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill in Congress, federal lawmakers sent a message to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health IT still is not very high on our...

FierceMedicalImaging: Our final issue

A little more than two years after publishing our first issue, this week's issue of FierceMedicalImaging will be the last.

The growing importance of breast density notification laws

Five years ago, the state of Connecticut became the first to require that women be told they have dense breasts and that insurance cover ultrasound scans for those women. Since then, another 18 states have enacted similar laws, and Congress is considering similar legislation, as well.

At RSNA 2014, a celebration of the past and a look to the future

Last week's meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago was the organization's 100th annual get together, and as such was celebrated with a proud look at the past of both the RSNA and the field of radiology. But the meeting also was about the present--and more importantly the future--of radiology.