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3 reasons for provider moderation in health IT use

While digital tools enhancing communication between physicians and patients has been proven an effective method for boosting medication adherence for some patients, their use should be approached with caution, according to Esther Choo, an assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.

2015 healthcare predictions: Growth in analytics, mobile, security risks

Big data continues to dominate the 2015 predictions for health IT from IDC Health Insights, though security plays a major role as well.

Digital health records: Toss them out and start over?

Despite the millions they've spent on digitizing medical records, many hospitals would be better off just scrapping their systems, according to an article at Hospitals & Health Networks.

Telemedicine effective for PTSD treatment of rural veterans

Telemedicine-based collaborative care was shown to be an effective means for providing psychotherapy care to veterans in rural areas suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to research published this week in JAMA Psychiatry.

HHS proposes more transparency for clinical trials process

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health have proposed new rules for clinical trials that clarify requirements for registering the trials and submitting trial results online at ClinicalTrials.gov.

Alert overload could prompt physician turnover

Primary care physicians who are dissatisfied with of electronic health record-based alert notification systems could just throw up their hands and quit if those systems are too intrusive, according to a study published at the American Journal of Managed Care.

GOP lawmakers grill Todd Park over Healthcare.gov glitches

Despite stepping down from his role of U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Todd Parks' Healthcare.gov woes are not over yet. Park testified in front of the House Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday, where GOP lawmakers grilled him over his claims that he did not know of any issues with the health exchange website before Oct. 1, 2013.

Niall Brennan to serve as new CMS chief data officer

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking another step toward improving its data collection and management with the creation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics. The new office will be led by Niall Brennan, who will become CMS' first chief data officer.

Telemedicine, digital health vital to med industry's transition into the future

Home visits, telemedicine and digital health all will be ubiquitous as healthcare reform continues to take hold, according to University of Pennsylvania-based health economist Ezekiel Emanuel.

HIT impedes physicians' ability to see more patients as insurance coverage grows

Physicians are equating the use of health IT with reduced capacity to see more patients just as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is providing coverage for more Americans, a new survey finds.

Brigham and Women's digital patient info stolen in armed robbery

The information of some patients at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston has been compromised after a laptop and cellphone were stolen from a hospital physician. The armed robbery took place off the hospital's campus, and during the incident, the physician was forced by the assailant to give up passcodes and encryption keys to the devices, according to BWH.

VA redirects $60 million to cybersecurity efforts

In light of a recent report from the Government Accountability Office criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs' cybersecurity efforts, the agency plans to add $60 million to its information security budget.

Organizations urge Congress to avoid further ICD-10 delays

A group of 15 organizations--including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Health Information management Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America's Health Insurance Plans--is urging congressional leaders to ensure that no future delays to ICD-10 implementation take place.

PwC: Provider, consumer views on healthcare tech closely align

Healthcare providers' and consumers' views closely align when it comes to the promise digital technology holds for care, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Personalized medicine, HIEs expected to boost cloud services

The transition to personalized healthcare delivery and incentives for health information exchange are expected to significantly increase the adoption of cloud services in healthcare, according to a new Frost & Sullivan analysis.

Hospital IT leaders: Keep private patient data on-site

A key to preventing security breaches at a hospital is having controls in place that allow as little information to leave the system as possible, according to two IT leaders at Medical Center Health System.

GAO: VA's cyber protections remain inadequate

Though the Department of Veterans Affairs has taken action to address previously identified IT vulnerabilities, it has not done enough to prevent future problems, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Deloitte's Mark Ford: Health industry must be less reactive, more proactive on security

The health industry has come a long way in recent years when it comes to data security, but it still lags far behind others when it comes to having the right prevention measures against cyberthreats, according to Mark Ford, principle of Deloitte Cyber Risk Services.

Wikipedia tracking helps with disease prediction

First, Google Flu Trends was touted as a potential epidemic detection tool. Then researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine developed a Twitter screening method for delivering real-time data on flu cases to determine which publicly available tweets were linked to actual infections. Now, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico say that tracking Wikipedia page views can forecast the spread of influenza and dengue fever.

Why ICD-10 is necessary for big data success in healthcare

While ICD-10 might have codes that seem excessive--like injury via turkey--without its comprehensive codes, doctors will "never detect the one-in-a-million disease when it matters," according to resident physician in family medicine William Rusnak.