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'To Err is Human' co-author Molly Joel Coye: Improvement on medical errors 'not enough'

The healthcare industry has made progress in reducing medical errors over the past 15 years, but it's not enough, according to Molly Joel Coye, M.D., chief innovation officer of UCLA Health and a co-author of the watershed "To Err is Human" report 

ECRI top hazards: Alarms, data integrity, cybersecurity, device recalls

For the fourth year in a row, alarm fatigue tops the ECRI Institute's Top 10 list of health technology hazards. Meanwhile, cybersecurity has elbowed its way up the list of threats--and recall management makes a debut appearance.

UM's Sue Schade: Women advancing in health IT careers, but there's more to do

More women are working in the health IT field, but there's still more work to do, says Sue Schade, chief information officer at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

Study: Barriers impact use of public health data

Despite an increase in health data collection--barriers remain to gaining and using the information to improve care, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Cybersecurity remains a priority for provider organizations

As cyberthreats in healthcare continue to grow, security remains a top priority for provider organizations, according to a new report published by IDC Health Insights.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Frank Federico: Technology can't dictate care

If implemented well, technology can do great things for healthcare, but providers can't let it dictate how to do their work, says Institute for Healthcare Improvement Executive Director Frank Federico.

For healthcare tech purchases, focus on value

In the shift toward value-based care, savvy chief information officers will focus on buying effective services, not mega-expensive hardware, according to Dick Escue, CIO of Valley View Hospital in Colorado.

Teaching hospitals can provide a unique testbed for innovation

Teaching hospitals can provide the resources and environment needed to effectively test out digital innovations and bring them to market, according to an article at Harvard Business Review.

MEDTECH proposal limits regulation of EHRs, decision support

Forthcoming legislation drafted by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) looks to exempt electronic health records and clinical decision support software from oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Beth Israel Deaconess to pay $100K in fines for 2012 data breach

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will pay $100,000 in fines as a result of a 2012 data breach in which a physician's laptop was stolen from the hospital.

Most patients willing to share health data with researchers, employers

A majority of patients would be willing to share their healthcare information with researchers, employers, health plans, and their own doctors, according to a new poll.

USDA awards $8.6 million in telehealth grants to rural areas

Rural communities are getting a boost to improve healthcare and educational services with the help of millions of dollars in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Payer consortium to help small practices switch to ICD-10

Payers have joined together to help smaller providers make the switch to ICD-10, reports ICD-10 Monitor.

3 reasons for provider moderation in health IT use

While digital tools enhancing communication between physicians and patients has been proven an effective method for boosting medication adherence for some patients, their use should be approached with caution, according to Esther Choo, an assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.

2015 healthcare predictions: Growth in analytics, mobile, security risks

Big data continues to dominate the 2015 predictions for health IT from IDC Health Insights, though security plays a major role as well.

Digital health records: Toss them out and start over?

Despite the millions they've spent on digitizing medical records, many hospitals would be better off just scrapping their systems, according to an article at Hospitals & Health Networks.

Telemedicine effective for PTSD treatment of rural veterans

Telemedicine-based collaborative care was shown to be an effective means for providing psychotherapy care to veterans in rural areas suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to research published this week in JAMA Psychiatry.

HHS proposes more transparency for clinical trials process

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health have proposed new rules for clinical trials that clarify requirements for registering the trials and submitting trial results online at ClinicalTrials.gov.

Alert overload could prompt physician turnover

Primary care physicians who are dissatisfied with of electronic health record-based alert notification systems could just throw up their hands and quit if those systems are too intrusive, according to a study published at the American Journal of Managed Care.

GOP lawmakers grill Todd Park over Healthcare.gov glitches

Despite stepping down from his role of U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Todd Parks' Healthcare.gov woes are not over yet. Park testified in front of the House Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday, where GOP lawmakers grilled him over his claims that he did not know of any issues with the health exchange website before Oct. 1, 2013.