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Data strategies, regulatory support vital to growth of global connected health markets

Developed and developing markets around the world, including the United States, are facing major challenges in the healthcare space. National economies are burdened with rising healthcare costs, made more severe by aging demographics for citizens and inadequate legacy infrastructure. In many markets, access to healthcare services and quality of care are inconsistent. However, healthcare markets everywhere are changing.

Salesforce aims to improve patient management via Health Cloud

With the launch of its new Health Cloud platform Wednesday, San Francisco-based software company Salesforce aims to help doctors better manage patient care.

OCR reaches $750,000 settlement with Cancer Care Group following 2012 breach

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has fined Indiana-based radiation oncology practice Cancer Care Group $750,000 for potential HIPAA violations stemming from the 2012 theft of a laptop that contained information for 55,000 patients.

Use of telemedicine results in 'modest' travel cost savings for VA

While the use of telemedicine by providers in the Veterans Affairs healthcare system can significantly cut travel distance and time for patients, money saved by the agency through travel payment reductions is only "modest," according to a new study.

Partners CISO: Educating employees among biggest security challenges

Partners HealthCare in Boston is undergoing a new EHR implementation and automating many security processes, but the hardest part of securing patient data remains the human element, Jigar Kadakia, chief information security and privacy officer, says in an interview with Healthcare IT News.

Forthcoming AHRQ funding to focus on patient safety

A new round of project funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will focus on providing strategies and tools for improving patient safety in ambulatory care and long-term care facilities.

Texas Medical Board considers revisions to on-call services telemedicine rule

Changes to an on-call services telemedicine rule are under review by the Texas Medical Board.

Funding cuts hamper initiatives to ease med device regulation bottlenecks

Two initiatives are in play to address bottlenecks created by the need for device makers to adhere to mandates by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services--however, funding cuts have kept the programs from reaching their full potential, according to a Health Affairs policy brief.

AHRQ: How clinical registries advance personalized medicine

Projects funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are harnessing big data to answer questions such as the best knee replacement for a particular patient and how to effectively treat a child's inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new issue brief.

Despite ICD-10 challenges, many providers optimistic they'll meet deadline

With one month left until healthcare organizations must begin using ICD-10, 57 percent of respondents to a recent survey say they still are not on track to meet the Oct. 1 deadline. Of that 57 percent, however, 85 percent say they'll be ready on time, according to healthcare billing company Navicure.

3 ways healthcare CIOs can avoid an FTC lawsuit over security

Chief information officers need to take steps to mitigate potential lawsuits from the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies resulting from cybersecurity incidents, according to attorneys Richard Raysman and Francesca Morris.

How to apply the ideal chronic care management system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Chronic Care Management Services (CCM) guidelines should take telemedicine to another level to provide collaboration between providers and the ability to anticipate and ward off potential problems. But such a concept must mesh with current practices and integrate current and future technologies.

VA's Yammer troubles won't deter HHS use of platform

A recent report called the Department of Veterans Affairs' use of social network Yammer improper, but that's not stopping the Department of Health and Human Services from using the tool.

Google teams up with Sanofi on diabetes treatment

Google is continuing a push to make its mark on diabetes treatment by partnering with European pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

Rule change enables e-prescribing of all controlled substances nationwide

All controlled substances now legally can be electronically prescribed in any state, nationwide, after Vermont enacted updated administrative rules on Aug. 28.

Health IT tools lack proof of effectiveness

There are myriad apps, tools and technologies entering the healthcare marketplace--but most lack proof that they are helping consumers battle disease and stay healthy.

How new laws, guidelines impact the telehealth landscape

Coverage for telemedicine services has been rapidly growing across the U.S., and new laws and rules surrounding the technology will create new opportunities and challenges, Nathaniel Lacktman, an attorney at Foley & Lardner, writes in a post at Health Care Law Today.

Colorado Board of Medicine adopts flexible telemedicine guidelines

New telemedicine guidelines adopted by the Colorado Medical Board pave the way for more flexible and expanded use of the technology in the state.

CMS names William Rogers ICD-10 ombudsman

Emergency room physician William Rogers, who currently serves as director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was announced Thursday as the agency's ICD-10 ombudsman.

Telehealth may help patients control hypertension, but engagement a barrier

Telehealth is an acceptable tool for controlling and monitoring hypertension, but problems persist when using the technology in these cases, according to a study conducted by researchers in England.