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DeSalvo, Fridsma discuss 'evolution' of HIT standards committee

Members of the Health IT Standards Committee at a meeting in Washington, D.C., Thursday discussed a future that involves a shift at the top and other proposed changes, including more interaction with the Health IT Policy Committee.

KLAS: Business intelligence healthcare market boasts no clear leader

A clear market leader for healthcare business intelligence tools has yet to emerge, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS.

CMS official: We were ready for ICD-10

The ICD-10 delay that went into effect earlier this month won't be a total "killer" for implementation of the more advanced coding set, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services representative speaking to members of the American Health Information Management Association on Wednesday.

Tech could improve care for medically complex, low-income patients

Focus groups concentrated on a key Medicaid population--medically and socially complex, low-income patients--revealed areas for which connected health initiatives could bring improvements, according...

FBI warns healthcare of vulnerability to cyberattacks

The FBI has issued two warnings this month that healthcare organization systems, including medical devices, could be vulnerable to cyberattacks. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to...

State HIE helps providers pinpoint ER 'super-users'

Technology--ranging from data analytics tools to geomapping software--is helping officials from the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services connect "super-users" to the right kind of medical care.

Rand: Stress value with new medical technology

The federal government should provide incentives for pharmaceutical companies and device makers to produce products that help cut spending and ensure that the benefits of costlier advances justify their added expense, according to a new Rand Corp. report.

Analytics use in healthcare still 'immature'

While a growing number of health providers are turning to data analytics to help improve care and lower costs at their facilities, the use of analytics in healthcare remains relatively immature, according to a recent survey from HIMSS Analytics.

OCR levies $2 million in HIPAA fines for stolen laptops

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights has levied combined fines of nearly $2 million against two healthcare organizations to settle potential HIPAA violations from unencrypted laptops that were stolen.

HIT data integrity failures top patient safety concerns

While data integrity failures within health IT systems only ranked fourth on the ECRI Institute's list of top healthcare technology hazards published last fall, when it comes to patient safety concerns, they rank No. 1.

Health industry lacks 'security advocacy'

The healthcare industry needs more "security advocacy" for privacy to improve, according to Susan Widup, a senior analyst and co-author of Verizon's latest data breach investigations report, published this month.

Focusing health IT on improving minority health gaps

Health IT must be available, affordable and sustainable in underserved communities to improve the health of people with higher rates of poverty and chronic disease, write two officials from Morehouse School of Medicine in a recent post to Health IT Buzz blog.

Cyber attack simulation exposes need for better collaboration, preparedness

The planned cyber attack simulation CyberRX revealed a need for healthcare organizations to better engage their stakeholders in their preparedness plans and to be more open about best practices to help the industry as a whole improve.

Privacy, security constant themes in DeSalvo's 2014 agenda

What's vital for 2014 on National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo's agenda? Privacy and security, she said in a recent interview.

Filling in the blanks in population health

Hospitals are trying to manage population health using incredibly incomplete data--in some cases, data from an inpatient visit perhaps once a year, writes Paul Roemer, CEO of Pale Rhino Consulting in...

Data-driven approach heads off alarms at Boston Children's

Seeking a way to confront a "quiet cacophony" of beeping, alarming bedside monitors, Boston Children's Hospital has tapped into predictive analytics to forecast changes in patients' conditions before alarms sound.

Self-assessment study finds need to better educate patients

A study of an Internet-based health risk assessment illustrates the need to better educate patients at risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), according to an article at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Privacy attorney: Documentation for HIPAA audits must be meticulous

With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.

How to avoid roadblocks to successful HIE

Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.

Financial tools seeping into population health management

The definition of population health management (PHM) differs depending on whom you talk to. But the lines are blurring between PHM and financial management, according to a blog post at Chilmark...