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Privacy attorney: Documentation for HIPAA audits must be meticulous

With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.

How to avoid roadblocks to successful HIE

Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.

Financial tools seeping into population health management

The definition of population health management (PHM) differs depending on whom you talk to. But the lines are blurring between PHM and financial management, according to a blog post at Chilmark...

Report: Use Stage 3 to create a robust health data infrastructure

Meaningful Use Stage 3 should embrace interoperability at its core to foster creation of a truly interoperable health data infrastructure, according to a report conducted by JASON, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology.

To prevent patient readmissions, stop playing 'whack-a-mole'

What's the key to managing readmission risks? Not playing whack-a-mole by quickly combatting problems as they arise, according to Ray Hess, vice president of information management at West Chester, Pa.-based Chester County Hospital.

HIMSS Analytics: Top hospital apps focus on operational efficiency

Bed management, enterprise resource planning and financial modeling applications are expected to be some of the hottest on the market among hospitals, according to a new report from HIMSS Analytics.

CHIME, AHIMA: Limit ICD-10 delay to one year

The latest delay to the ICD-10 transition will be both disruptive and costly for healthcare delivery innovation and must not last beyond a year, says a coalition of healthcare organizations, including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Health Information Management Association.

Offshore outsourcing a risk to personal health information, OIG report warns

State Medicaid agencies that outsource administrative functions to foreign contractors could be putting personal health information at risk, warns a report from the Office of the Inspector General. 

HealthCare.gov wasn't Sebelius' only IT project, just the most high-profile

When U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned last week after five years of service, I wanted to know what members of FierceHealthIT's Editorial...

Survey: CIOs are driving digital change and innovation

CEOs are giving CIOs some more credit where credit is due, according to a new survey from Gartner, Inc., which found that CIOs are thought of as the title most responsible for driving digital innovation and change at companies.

Privacy could 'crash' big data if not done right

Privacy has the potential to crash big data before there's a chance to get it right, and finding the right balance is key to future success, experts argued at a Princeton University event earlier this month.

Another record-setting quarter for VC investment in HIT

Venture capital funding for health IT continued at "an astonishing pace" during first quarter of 2014, with the sector raising its highest infusion of cash in a single quarter to date,...

Savvy new players expected to shake up healthcare

Innovative companies drawing from ideas that transformed the retail, technology and telecommunications sectors are poised to siphon off tens of billions of dollars from traditional healthcare's...

HIPAA audits to be narrower with fewer site visits

When the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights resumes HIPAA audits this fall, its own staff will conduct what it's calling "desk audits" of a narrower focus and comprehensive on-site audits "as resources allow."

ECRI rallies stakeholders with focus on HIT patient safety

The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization is calling for collaboration on patient safety to create a "a non-punitive learning environment" to bring about improvement.

Heartbleed: What is the impact on health IT?

When it comes to maintaining the safety of health information technology and patient data, encryption is almost always one of the first recommendations made by security experts. That's why news this week about the "Heartbleed"computer bug--which compromised Web encryption program OpenSSL, opening "hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft"--is so disturbing for the industry.

Nurses often view teleheath as threatening, disruptive

Some healthcare professionals may view telehealth as threatening and as a result, organizations should work to minimize potential disruptions, according to a new study published in BMC Health Services Research.

5 ways Google Glass will innovate healthcare

Google Glass--no longer just a hopeful idea or cool trend--is slowly but surely disrupting healthcare for the better as various innovaters come up with creative ways to use the technology and get results

Hospital CIOs on Sebelius resignation: We must stay the course with federal IT efforts

Hospital CIOs serving on FierceHealthIT's Editorial Advisory Board, said they will continue to stay the course with their health IT efforts in spite of the sudden resignation of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

HHS CISO: Healthcare orgs need to beef up basic security practices

A recent cybersecurity drill found that healthcare organizations to be more willing to share information and best practices, Kevin Charest, chief information security officer at the U.S. Department...