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CHIME wants 'assurance' of med device interoperability

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives believes that, when it comes to medical device interoperability, not enough is being done to ensure such tools can connect with their electronic health record systems.

HIE analytics platform fuels St. Joseph population health efforts

An analytics platform built atop the state's health information exchange (HIE) allows St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor, Maine, to be proactive rather than reactive in its patient care, according to an article at Healthcare IT News.

Report: Lack of audit logs poses security risk for VA's electronic benefits system

While the Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress in implementing its electronic benefits management system, it failed to integrate audit logs into the project, making it impossible to detect and respond to security violations, according to a report from the VA Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

BCP to explore policies on patient data collection for research

The Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Innovation Initiative will soon start exploring policies surrounding the use of patient data collected during routine care visits.

Docs, hospital leaders dive into HIT entrepreneurial efforts

Many physicians and chief medical officers are diving into the world of health IT startups--not for prestige or money, but for fun and to have a hand in fixing problems in the industry.

Healthcare stakeholders mixed on MACRA rule's MU implications

Stakeholders throughout the healthcare industry shared mixed feelings on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services attempt to overhaul the Meaningful Use program for doctors via proposed rules implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 unveiled Wednesday.

Kansas VA office mishandled benefit appeals data

Managers at a regional Veterans Affairs office in Kansas directed staff to enter incorrect information in the appeals records of 36 veterans, though an audit was unable to determine whether this was a move to speed up the review process, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General.

Researchers: More studies needed to assess impact of remote patient monitoring

More research is needed to gauge the impact noninvasive digital technologies have on care outcomes, especially in the long term, according to a new study in Telemedicine and e-Health.

AARP: Caregivers a significant market opportunity for HIT innovators

With about 40 million Americans providing unpaid care to family members or loved ones, technology innovators could do more to help alleviate the stress and workload of that role, according to an AARP Project Catalyst report.

Providers must conduct monthly ICD-10 audits to ensure accuracy, compliance

Coding reviews and audits for ICD-10 continue to be of importance, especially as new codes continue to be added, according to auditor Victoria M. Hernandez.

AHA: Limited coverage, geographic restrictions pose major barriers to telehealth adoption

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must include telehealth in value-based payment models and lift geographic restrictions on its use, a new brief published by the American Hospital Association argues.

New York joins New Jersey drug-monitoring program

New York has joined New Jersey's prescription drug monitoring program.

Human error a leading cause of cybersecurity incidents

No person is perfect, and human error is cause for concern when it comes to security across most sectors--the healthcare industry being no exception, a Verizon Enterprise Solutions report finds.

VA's David Shulkin: Million Veterans Program a boon to Precision Medicine, Moonshot initiatives

Health technology and information pulled from individuals involved in the Million Veterans Program will help to propel both President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative and Vice President Joe Biden's National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, according to David Shulkin, of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Google Glass-powered startup receives funding from major health centers

Five health systems are putting their support behind a service that uses Google Glass to ease the workload on providers when it comes to electronic medical record documentation.

Health professionals mixed on nursing state licensure compact

Requirements that nurses be licensed in every state they want to work in are creating barriers to use of new forms of healthcare, including telemedicine, according to some industry professionals.

AMA joins IDEA Labs' efforts to boost healthcare innovation

The American Medical Association has teamed up with IDEA Labs, a student-run biotechnology accelerator, to develop new healthcare innovations.

Providers anticipate increasing investments in health technology

Providers have a favorable outlook when it comes to finances in 2016, with most executives anticipating increasing investment in health IT to lower costs and raise care quality, according to a recent survey.

For healthcare orgs, IT security, compliance efforts don't need to be siloed

With the rise of cyberattacks and the second round of HIPAA audits from the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights officially underway, healthcare organizations should rely on simultaneously maturing both their compliance and security strategies, according to Andrew Hicks, healthcare and life sciences practice director at risk management consulting firm Coalfire.

FDA officials: National system of evidence generation requires interoperability, connectivity

Interoperability of health information and connectivity between patients, clinicians, hospitals, health insurers and others are foundational elements for a national system of evidence generation for clinical decision research, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials Robert Califf and Rachel Sherman.