VA CIO says new scheduling system will roll out by 2017

Contrary to previous reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will deploy a new scheduling system by 2017.

FDA pubs cybersecurity guidance for med device makers

In a final guidance document published Oct. 1, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency outlines measures it believes medical device manufacturers must take to ensure the safety and security of their tools in the face of growing cyberthreats.

HIMSS: Road to coordinated care has become rocky

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reached out to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week to create a plan to address health IT issues facing the nation's healthcare system.

AHIMA issues information governance framework

AHIMA has released a framework for healthcare information governance at its annual convention in San Diego, calling for commitment to managing information as a strategic asset.

Digital health investments continue to rise

As the final quarter of 2014 gets underway, digital health funding continues to grow at a rapid rate, already surpassing the about $2 billion raised in 2013.

Open Payments database launches amid increasing criticism

The much-maligned Open Payments database has launched, though it's far from glitch-free.

FDA's device-approval processes under fire

Two new studies published at JAMA Internal Medicine criticize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's processes for approving medical devices.

Breach preparedness activities up in healthcare, other industries

More companies have become focused on data breach preparedness in the past year, according to a new survey from the Ponemon Institute, though many companies remain deficient in governance and security practices that would strengthen their preparedness plans.

Health professionals fear .health, .clinic Web domains will mislead consumers

Soon, health websites may end with .health instead of .com Web domains, and that has some in the healthcare industry worried that consumers could be scammed.

Initial NIH BRAIN Initiative investments total $46 million

The National Institutes of Health will put forward $46 million to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative in its first wave of investments for the project.

Researchers examine fingerprint scanning to boost vaccination accuracy

Electronically recording and tracking the fingerprints of infants and toddlers holds the potential to improve the volume and accuracy of immunization coverage, according to a Michigan State University study.

Fierce Innovation Awards call for entries: Prove your Fierceness

I'm pleased to announce the launch of our second annual Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition, which recognizes game-changing health IT solutions that enable safer, more cost-effective...

House bill would boost telehealth for ACOs

A new bill introduced in the U.S. House would boost Accountable Care Organizations' flexibility to use telehealth and remote patient monitoring and would provide reimbursement for those services "in a manner that is financially equivalent to the furnishing of a home health visit."

Facilities receive grants to grow resources for telehealth

More than 100 communities in 42 states will receive grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support care in rural areas, including funding to grow resources for telehealth solutions and help communities build networks of care.

New VA scheduling system won't be fully deployed until 2020

Though the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to award a contract for a new scheduling system within months, that system won't be fully functional at VA facilities nationwide until 2020, reports Nextgov.

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Texas Health Resources' Ronald Mehring: Teamwork crucial to tackling HIPAA audits

With HIPAA audits looming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, provider organizations are working tirelessly to ensure that when the federal government comes knocking, they won't be caught off guard. For Ronald Mehring, chief information security officer at Dallas-based Texas Health Resources, one of the most important aspects to preparation is teamwork.

Surescripts adds 100 health systems to network

In the past year, Surescripts, the nation's largest health information network, has added close to 100 health systems to its network.

Key lessons on building out infrastructure from Beacon Communities

The 17 organizations taking part in the $250 million Beacon Community project each built out their data-sharing capabilities in different ways, but faced similar challenges, according to an assessment published at eGEMs.

GAO: Federal agencies increase cloud use; still spend more on non-cloud tech

Government agencies, including the Health and Human Services Department, are still devoting more of their IT budget to non-cloud computing services, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.