News

Both Web- and phone-based cessation programs help smokers quit

Both Web- and phone-based programs are beneficial to helping smokers quit, with each boasting about the same success rates, according to recent research published in the journal Cancer.

Telemedicine effective for assessing seriously ill children

Doctors' assessment of seriously ill children through telemedicine was similar to bedside evaluations, according to a study published in Pediatrics.

ONC: HIPAA does not hinder interoperability

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act does not impede the interoperability of health data--and this is a point the Office of the National Coordinator is trying to drive home with a series of blog posts and fact sheets.

HHS proposed changes to rules on exchange of alcohol, drug abuse patient records

Proposed changes to rules on confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records would facilitate the exchange of information while ensuring privacy is protected.

MACRA, MIPS and more: What healthcare advocates see for the year ahead

At the eHealth Initiative's annual conference this week, lobbyists and healthcare advocates spoke about trends in the health IT industry and government policies.

Report: VA computer glitch canceled patient orders

A computer glitch that arose when the Department of Veterans Affairs switched to ICD-10 last October canceled a large number of patient consults and procedure orders, reports DisabledVeterans.org.

Data pipeline a critical need for healthcare industry

A data pipeline through which all information flows is critical for the healthcare industry, says Donald Voltz, M.D., of Canton, Ohio-based Aultman Hospital.

The OpenNotes movement: What comes next

After a recent $10 million infusion of cash into the OpenNotes movement, a post on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog outlines the path forward over the next three years.

Karen DeSalvo: Make public health infrastructure more data enabled

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo shared her thoughts on the potential of technology and an improved, data-driven infrastructure for public health efforts at the eHealth Initiative's annual conference in the District of Columbia Wednesday.

Medicare's telehealth, remote monitoring reimbursement changes could save $1.8B

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health.

Andy Slavitt echoes CMS IT message for rural health leaders

In looking back at the past year and what's in store for the year to come, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, in a speech this week to the National Rural Health Association, focused on many areas of the health industry, including the promising role of technology.

On-demand healthcare investment expected to reach $1B in 2017

Investment in on-demand healthcare companies--those that provide local near-real-time and 24/7 services--is expected to quadruple to $1 billion by the end of 2017, according to Accenture research.

Walter Reed uses 3-D printing to help wounded veterans

Providers are embracing 3D printing technologies in an effort to help wounded veterans do day-to-day tasks more easily, according to a Forbes article.

Report: Robust data analytics capabilities 'likely several years away'

Robust data analysis with be critical for health organizations as the industry moves from volume-based payment to a value-based system, but there's still a long road ahead for hospitals and health systems to get where they need to be, according to a market trends report from Chilmark Research.

HHS: Privacy laws don't bar fraud victims from seeing thieves' medical data

People who have their identities stolen have the right to review and correct their own medical records--including taking a look at medical records of the thieves themselves, the Obama administration has said.

Survey: Health informatics professionals confident in state of the industry

A majority of health informatics professionals responding to a recently published survey say they are confident in the stability of the field and their individual careers.

Online quiz game engages medical, nursing students in healthy competition

Doctors and nurses in training are testing their medical knowledge with an online quiz game that the University of Alabama at Birmingham says is going viral.

MGMA to add space in Denver's Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation hub

An innovation hub based in Denver is about to get a new addition courtesy of the Medical Group Management Association.

Health IT outsourcing to grow to $68.3B by 2020

Outsourcing for healthcare technology will grow in the next four years, and is set to reach $68.3 billion by 2020, according a report from Everest Group.

Medical device security research on the upswing

Healthcare professionals should look for an uptick in cybersecurity research for medical devices during 2016, security researcher Billy Rios says in an interview with HealthcareInfoSecurity.