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FSMB refutes 'false and misleading' statements on telemedicine compact

In the wake of "false and misleading public statements" about the Federation of State Medical Boards' interstate licensure compact, FSMB is releasing a fact sheet to refute such comments.

Report serves as a 'call to action' on bringing innovative devices to market

A report released this week by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) focuses on why it takes so long to bring innovative devices and drugs to market.

Philly's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital turns to telemedicine to boost quality

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia is investing in virtual medical service as a means to provide care in the least-costly setting.

ONC unveils Interoperability Roadmap for public comment

The Office of the National Coordinator has released for public comment its shared nationwide roadmap for interoperability.

Thomas Mason named ONC's next chief medical officer

A new chief medical officer has been named to the Office of the National Coordinator for health IT--Thomas Mason, M.D., will start in the position Feb. 23.

Industry professionals create framework for measuring HIT value

Healthcare professionals have created a framework for measuring health information technology with a goal of making "HIT evaluations more relevant to the current needs of the healthcare system," according to a paper published at the American Journal of Managed Care.

Med device groups: Obamacare tax puts jobs on the line

Two groups this week took aim at the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax that went into effect in January 2013 as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act  in new reports painting the tax as an impediment to jobs.

How Baptist Health Care is using HIE to benefit patients

Health information exchanges have come under fire both inside and outside of the healthcare industry, but Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Florida, has seen positive results. 

Survey: Most primary care docs find medical imaging valuable

The use of medical imaging is beneficial to patient care, a majority of primary care physicians say.

Hospitals to Congress: 21st Century Cures telemedicine provisions don't go far enough

Provisions on improving Medicare's telehealth policy featured in a recently released discussion document by the House Energy and Commerce Committee are a step in the right direction, but don't go far enough, according to a letter from the American Hospital Association to committee chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

FTC report on IoT calls for update to HIPAA standards

A Federal Trade Commission report on how to reduce the security and privacy risks for consumers posed by the Internet of Things has drawn criticism, even by one of the FTC's own commissioners. The report is based on a November 2013 FTC workshop.

Consumer interest in telemedicine continues to rise

In yet another survey indicating rising consumer interest in telemedicine, 75 percent of patients who have not used telemedicine are at least "moderately interested" in it, according to a new report.

Legislators aim to send 21st Century Cures bill to Obama by year's end

With a goal to send a bill to President Barack Obama's desk by the end of the year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has released a discussion document on its proposals and is looking for feedback from industry stakeholders.

How health IT security evolved into an industry priority

As recently as last spring, privacy and security appeared to be a back-burner issue for many in the healthcare industry. For instance, a planned cyberattack simulation conducted in April by the...

Court dismisses LabMD's challenge to FTC case

The Federal Trade Commission is moving forward with its case against LabMD, an Atlanta-based cancer-screening laboratory, after an alleged healthcare data breach in August 2013.

Keep cybersecurity in mind during hospital mergers, acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry are continuing to grow exponentially, and with them comes the need to keep patient information secure as systems merge.

Inspector General slams VA's IT oversight

More than five years after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new system to manage its IT projects, its still lacks the required discipline and accountability for effective oversight, according to a new inspector general report.

Telemedicine helps veterans manage chronic conditions

As the veteran population in the U.S. grows older and sicker, the use of telemedicine is helping those with chronic conditions manage their care from home, according to a case study published in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Why ICD-10 and cybersecurity must go hand in hand

As the ICD-10 implementation date draws near, providers should not let cybersecurity fall to the wayside, according to industry experts.

Jacob Reider to med societies: Be part of the solution to HIT progress

It's time for the American Medical Association and more than 30 other organizations urging change in the electronic health record certification process to be part of the solution, former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider said in a blog post.