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Geisinger's Nicholas Marko: Why health systems need chief data officers [Q&A]

While data and technology in healthcare have a synergistic relationship, by no means should they be considered the same thing, according to Geisinger Health System Chief Data Officer Nicholas Marko.

CVS Health, St. Luke's University Health Network to integrate EHRs

Prescription and visit information from CVS Health clinics can now be integrated into electronic medical health records of patients at St. Luke's University Health Network.

Medical residents embrace use of telemedicine

A majority of medical residents would be willing to conduct visits with patients through telehealth services, according to a Medscape study.

Health IT ripe for IPOs

New regulatory policies and digital transformation are growing the health IT market in 2015, which is making IPOs a more attractive option.

Telemedicine useful for treating depression in older patients

Telemedicine can be a useful tool for senior who suffer from depression, according to a recent study.  

ICD-10 could lead to 6-fold increase in codes used by radiologists

The transition to ICD-10 could have radiologists seeing up to a 6-fold increase in the number of codes they use, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Modernized regulatory structure needed for genomic research

For President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative to be successful, policymakers must modernize the regulatory system so that big data analytics can be effectively used in genomic research, according to a white paper from the Center for Data Innovation and Health IT Now.

CVS, IBM collaborate to improve care management

CVS Health and IBM have teamed up to combine predictive analytics and Watson technology to improve care management services for patients suffering from chronic disease.

Pen mightier than computer during outage at BJC HealthCare

For 20 hours a hospital system that provides care in Southern Illinois and Missouri was without power to its computer systems, causing employees to turn to pen and paper to record patient information.

Help Fierce recognize influential women in health IT

Each year, FierceHealthIT shines a spotlight on women who play a major role in the evolution of health IT. Our annual list--compiled with the help of reader nominations--includes individuals at the...

Big data from EHRs bolsters drug research

With the help of big data, researchers have discovered that the combination of two drugs can significantly lower patients' blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Docs in Europe have mixed reactions to mHealth, digital tools

Doctors throughout the United Kingdom, France and Germany have mixed feelings about digital health technologies, with one in five saying that lifestyle apps are a fad, according to a recent report.

HIPAA technical controls no silver bullet for securing patient data

Putting too much trust in technical controls could be a big mistake in a provider organization's security strategy, according to Jeffrey Wilson, director of information services in assurance and IT security at Albany Medical Center.

How CIOs can ensure budgets include room for innovation

Although the opportunity for innovation in the healthcare technology space is unlimited, the money for new projects and ventures often is not, particularly for hospitals and health systems.

Cancer data sharing drives collaboration between California health department, St. Joseph Health

St. Joseph Health and the California Department of Public Health are teaming up on a project to collect and share cancer data.

IT touted in CMS initiative to improve substance abuse treatment

The use of health information technology to enhance care coordination is part of a new initiative announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week to improve access to substance use disorder treatment options.

New ONC grants to boost data exchange, population health efforts

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will award $38 million in grant funding to 20 entities to help boost the adoption of health information exchange technology, improve population health strategies and update training materials for use of health IT tools.

Privacy advocate Deborah Peel: Government HIT initiatives strip patients of data control

Privacy advocate Deborah Peel calls government health IT initiatives "more of the same old, same old measures to increase the spread and use" of personal data while taking control out of patients' hands.

BPC calls on Congress to 'modernize' device, drug development

A new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center provides policy actions that Congress can undertake when it comes to reducing the time and cost of developing drugs and devices and delivering them into the healthcare marketplace.

OIG attorney outlines health documentation best practices

As the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General continues to crack down on fraud, copying and pasting text in electronic health records remains one of the easiest ways to run into trouble, according to Felicia Heimer, a senior attorney with OIG.