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Telemedicine enables endocrinologist visits for diabetic prisoners

Telemedicine is a viable option for treating diabetes among prison populations, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health.

eHealth Initiative: New payment models driving population health

Value-based payment models aren't going away, making population health initiatives ever more critical, Tricia Nguyen, executive vice president for population health at Texas Health Resources, said during a webinar presenting results from the eHealth Initiative's latest population health survey. 

Breach of eye care facility vendor may have put PHI of 87K at risk

The breach of a management software third party vendor to Eye Associated of Pinellas, may have put the personal health information of tens of thousands of patients at risk.

FHIR continues to move ahead in industry

The application programming interface, created by Health Level Seven International, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is continuing to move forward, with a normative version in the works, according to an article at HealthData Management.

Andy Slavitt: Interoperability not like 'sending a man to the moon'

Interoperability in healthcare is not as big a feat as sending a man to the moon, says Andy Slavitt, and technology should be able to do the things "that it already does for us every day."

Concerns linger amid OpenNotes success

While recent research shows the OpenNotes initiative has helped improve patient-doctor relationships and clarify misunderstandings, some concerns remain, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) outlines.

Andy Slavitt heads to Silicon Valley to push for investments in Medicaid IT

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt is continuing his efforts to get health IT companies and investors to invest in the Medicaid program with a visit this week to Silicon Valley.

White House publishes Precision Medicine Initiative data security framework

The White House has released its final Data Security Policy Principles and Framework for the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Telehealth may aid in medical tourism, but barriers abound

Medical tourism, with the assistance of telemedicine in the U.S., holds a great many opportunities, as well as myriad challenges, according to Yan Alicia Hong, Ph.D., of the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University.

Reporting structure for HHS CISO focus of congressional hearing

Under legislation proposed last month by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Billy Long (R-Mo.) in the wake of continued cyberattacks on the healthcare industry, the president would appoint a chief information security officer (CISO) for the Department of Health and Human Services. However, witnesses at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday focusing on the bill voiced concern about potentially politicizing such a position.

Electronic surveillance helps Alabama hospital reduce sepsis deaths

A Huntsville, Alabama, hospital was able to reduce sepsis-related deaths by 53 percent through a program focused on staff education and an electronic surveillance system, according to research published at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Medical University of South Carolina Health, Royal Phillips partner on patient monitoring innovations

A partnership between the Medical University of South Carolina Health and Royal Phillips will focus on transforming patient monitoring over the next eight years.

Geisinger working toward real-time use of patient data

Geisinger Health System is pressing forward in using patient data in real time, according to John Kravitz, senior vice president and CIO of the organization.

Healthcare orgs ask CBO, MedPAC to use alternative data to evaluate telemedicine use for Medicare

Healthcare organizations, in a letter Monday, called on the Congressional Budget Office and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to use alternative data sources to create cost estimates and analysis of telemedicine use in Medicare.

CMS enlists 'data guardians' to create security awareness

Rather than rely solely on security staff, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recruited "data guardians" to keep its employees on their toes.

Mass General to build virtual portal to educate Down syndrome patients

A new virtual portal will help Massachusetts General Hospital educate patients with Down syndrome who may not have easy access to information or to a primary care physician.

Poor need ongoing help with online health resources

Simply providing Internet access isn't enough to equalize access to online health information for the urban poor, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

ACLU files complaint after genetics company refuses users full records

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint on behalf of consumers who used Myriad Genetics, claiming the company withheld genetic information from users, according to an announcement from the ACLU.

Medical devices for women's health need more rigorous clinical trials before FDA approval

Some health devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in obstetrics and gynecology were based on clinical trials that were not rigorous enough, according to a study out of Northwestern Medicine.

Hackers return for more money in ransomware attack at Kansas Heart Hospital

Hackers are demanding a second ransom from Kansas Heart Hospital after the organization paid to have access to its systems restored last week.