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CMS: Third round of ICD-10 testing boasts 90 percent acceptance rate

Claims from 90 percent of the more than 1,200 submitters who participated in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' third ICD-10 acknowledgement testing week were accepted, the agency has announced.

Board members at healthcare organizations lack understanding of cybersecurity risks

Directors on corporate boards in all industries have trouble understanding the risks that cybersecurity presents, but none more so than those in healthcare.

CHIME calls on Senate committee to push for patient ID matching, quality measure reporting

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives address the need for patient identification, quality measurements and more in recent recommendations to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

VA's Stephen Warren: Cybersecurity a 'cultural' responsibility

Outgoing Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Stephen Warren shared the agency's streamlined cybersecurity strategic objectives on a call with reporters July 1, stressing the importance of maintaining security while simultaneously ensuring mission delivery.

Leapfrog Group CEO: HIT funds should go toward ensuring systems are safe

Technology is meant to make work at hospitals easier and improve patient care, but often installing new systems can go awry and many health administrators lack experience with the new tools, according to Leah Binder, president and CEO of the nonprofit Leapfrog Group.

Digital health market continues to 'mature' in 2015

The digital health market continues to mature as we move into the second half of 2015, with Fitbit's IPO and a focus on personalized medicine leading the way, according to a mid-year report from StartUp Health.

Healthcare gets poor rating for application security

The healthcare industry fares poorly compared to other industries in reducing application security risk, according to a report from application security vendor Veracode.

Teladoc IPO raises $157 million

Telehealth platform company Teladoc, on Tuesday, announced that its initial public offering would be priced at $19 per share.

ICD-10 training: How one hospital shifted away from dual coding

Engaging in dual coding as the deadline to transition to ICD-10 moves closer to reality is not an optimal strategy, according to Walter Houlihan, director of health information management and clinical documentation at Springfield, Massachusetts-based Baystate Health.

Joseph Kvedar: Connectivity key to 'knit together' health data

As patients continue to receive care outside of the standard hospital setting--such as at home and retail clinics--connectivity will be key, according to Joseph Kvedar, M.D., director for the Boston-based Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health.

IoT to fuel revolution in digital healthcare

The Internet of Things in the healthcare industry will fuel a revolution that could result in nearly $305 billion in savings for the industry in the near future, according to Business Insider, which cited a new report from Goldman Sachs.

Despite provider prioritization of cybersecurity, incidents remain prevalent

While professionals in the healthcare industry say cybersecurity has grown as a business priority at their organizations, a large amount also admit that their facilities have seen a significant security incident recently.

Robotic-assisted tele-rounding effective for NICU patients

Robotic-assisted telemedicine is an effective way to perform bedside rounds for ill infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units, new research concludes.

FDA's approach to med devices 'pretty close to optimal'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process for medical devices is "pretty close to optimal," according to a paper by Wharton healthcare management professors Matthew Grennan and Robert Town.

How health systems can help physician practices prepare for ICD-10

Many physician practices are ill-prepared for ICD-10, and health systems must ensure the right tools are in the hands of those who need them most, according to Bill Reid, senior vice president of product management and partners at SCI Solutions.

From data to EHRs, clinician offers 'modest technology agenda'

While big data, electronic health records and patient engagement tools are seen as the big solutions to improving healthcare, there are more modest goals clinicians eye to provide better care, says Gurpreet Dhaliwal, a staff physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Why the 21st Century Cures Act is unsafe legislation

The 21st Century Cures Act contains good ideas for streamlining development and evaluation of new drugs and devices, but other provisions could lead to an approval process that is less safe, according to a perspective article in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Newspaper calls for resignation of Iowa Board of Medicine members who voted to ban telemedicine abortions

On the heels of a ruling from Iowa's Supreme Court striking down a ban of telemedicine use for abortions previously made by the state's board of medicine, the public is losing faith in the board, according to an editorial in the Des Moines Register.

Louisiana creates campaign to educate residents about health IT

A new campaign by Louisiana has the goal of educating residents in the state about health information technology.

FDA issues draft guidance on UDI 'marking'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance on the "marking" feature for medical devices with a unique device identifier as part of a medical device postmarket surveillance system.