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Cedars-Sinai goes all-in on Apple HealthKit

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has become the latest provider organization to link its electronic medical records system to Apple's HealthKit software.

Rush University Medical Center VP: Bad guys winning when it comes to security

How healthcare providers mitigate cybersecurity threats has changed greatly over the years, but one thing that has stayed the same is the importance of user education, accoridng to Rush University Medical Center Vice President of IT Operations and Associate CIO Jaime Parent.

Researchers examine balancing privacy risk, utility of de-identified health data

Researchers have shown how easy it is to re-identify patients in de-identified data, yet de-identified data can lose its value as more identifying factors are stripped out.

Pentagon digital service team to tackle VA EHR transfer, other IT projects

A new digital service team is coming to the Department of Defense that will build partnerships with the private sector on IT and data problems.

GAO: Medicare smart cards would bring benefits, challenges

The use of electronically readable cards in Medicare could help with the administrative process, but would have a limited impact on eliminating fraud, according to a report publicly released April 24 by the Government Accountability Office.

House to merge cyberthreat info-sharing bills

The House has passed a second cyberthreat information-sharing bill, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act, which will be combined with the House Intelligence Committee's Protecting Cyber Networks Act before being sent to the Senate.

Young physicians see promise for fully connected health ecosystem

Physicians under the age of 40 are more likely to believe the industry will reach a fully connected technology environment soon, while those older than 40 think that move is at least five years away, according to a survey by MedData Point.

Interstate medical licensure compact will save physicians time, effort

The interstate medical licensure compact is getting closer to being formally effective--with many in healthcare touting it as a way to advance care across state lines, especially through telemedicine services.

Remote monitoring cuts hospitalizations for heart failure patients

Remote monitoring for heart failure patients resulted in fewer hospitalizations and deaths than a similar group of patients receiving usual care during a four-month study, but the benefits didn't last beyond the study period, according to an article published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

4 keys to HIPAA audit prep

With the delay of the Office for Civil Rights HIPAA audits, organizations would be wise to not push compliance further down the priority list. Yet many are woefully unprepared for both data breaches and the audits, according to Mark Fulford, a partner at LBMC Security & Risk Services.

Report forthcoming on security incidents at Healthcare.gov

The Government Accountability Office said it plans to release a report later this year on security incidents at the federal health exchange website, Healthcare.gov.

RSA president Amit Yoran: Security a 'mindset problem'

Security is an issue in every market and every industry, with healthcare as no exception. At the RSA Conference this week, RSA President Amit Yoran spoke about the future of security.

Medicare contractors experience year-over-year improvement to info security programs

Gaps in Medicare contractors' information security programs decreased in 2013 from the year before, according to a new report published this month by the Office of Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department.

GAO: VA, other federal agencies, must address cybersecurity weaknesses

Much work remains at federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to shore up systems against persistent cyberthreats, according to the Government Accountability Office.

David Bowen: DHMSM infrastructure, sustainability a top priority [Q&A]

While health IT and military pundits alike are waiting with bated breath for the Department of Defense to end speculation and announce the winner of its coveted $11 billion Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, the heavy lifting is just starting for the Defense Health Agency.

FDA releases guidance to clarify use of clinical trial data collected outside US

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance on clinical trial data in an effort to make it easier to apply data collected abroad in the United States.

Telemedicine reimbursement, broadband growth gain bipartisan support on Capitol Hill

Telehealth advocates gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday to push for the advancement of the service through reimbursement and broadband growth to reach patients in rural areas.

VA sees sharp drop in PHI breaches in March

The number of veterans impacted by data breaches fell by 65 percent in March compared to February, according to a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Asian, US providers share similar IT adoption concerns

From concerns about costs to validation and effectiveness, providers in Asia share many of the same worries as their U.S. counterparts when it comes to implementation of information technology in healthcare.