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Hospital CIOs: ONC leadership exodus raises questions about federal HIT priorities

Hospital CIOs expressed concern that the sudden announced departures of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider potentially leave federal health IT efforts in limbo.

Telehealth empowers in-home nurses, patients

Telehealth is becoming an essential tool for empowering nurses out in the field as they care for their patients, according to Visiting Nurse Services of New York telehealth program manager Alice Rainford-Miller.

Outlining the core components of a learning health system

Despite widespread support for a learning health system (LHS)--one in which the care of each patient leads to improvement for everyone--creating such a system on the national level remains a challenge. At a National Science Foundation workshop, participants tried to pin down exactly what creating such a system entails.

New CHIME organizations to support healthcare technology, application officers

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives this week launched a pair of organizations geared toward representing chief technology officers and chief application officers in healthcare.

Harry Greenspun: In a Jetsons world, docs' offices resemble the Flintstones

While personal health data abounds, it won't help patients make the right healthcare decisions if they don't know what to do with it, according to Harry Greenspun, M.D., senior adviser at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

Karen DeSalvo steps down from ONC post; Jacob Reider to leave in November

Karen DeSalvo will step down from her role as National Coordinator for Health IT, effective immediately, to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider also will step down in late November.

HLC's Mary Grealy: Interoperability mandate in next SGR bill wouldn't surprise me

In discussing the bevy of hurdles impeding the path to interoperability in healthcare at the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference this week, Mary Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, which represents chief executives from healthcare companies and organizations nationwide, outlined several steps and principles necessary to guide that transition.

UCSF researchers log 2.5 million patient alarms in one month

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco monitored one month's worth of alarms at the facility to determine the alarm causes, as well as potential solutions to fatigue.

DHS to investigate med devices, hospital equipment for cybersecurity issues

Medical devices and hospital equipment are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after suspected cybersecurity flaws that could allow the tools to be hacked.

AMA's Steven Stack on ICD-10: The sky's not falling, but at times it feels like it

For health IT, it is both the best of times and the worst of times, according to the American Medical Association's President-Elect Steven Stack.

Karen DeSalvo: Interoperability won't come easy

At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo reiterated the challenges and goals associated with implementing ubiquitous interoperability throughout the healthcare industry.

Courts toss two California hospital breach lawsuits

Though data breaches tend to be costly for healthcare providers--the cost of the Community Health Systems breach, for instance, has been estimated to be as much as $150 million--patients who sue don't necessarily win, as two California Hospital cases bear out.

FDA computer network vulnerable to data breaches

A penetration test of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's computer network conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General uncovered several vulnerabilities.

4 goals of the federal Health IT Safety Center

Goals for the new federal health Information technology safety center, an idea initially proposed by the Institute of Medicine in a report published in November 2011, are outlined in a new article published this week the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Medical identity theft proves lucrative in myriad ways

With healthcare breaches becoming routine, there's a thriving black market for medical identity information. And criminals are using the information in a variety of ways, according to a Fortune article.

Penn Medicine uses clinical systems data to reduce sepsis mortality rates

Penn Medicine's decrease in sepsis mortality rates.is credited to its use of data analytics, according to Healthcare IT News

To manage health IT effectively, spread the responsibility

Managing health IT effectively requires strong governance and shared decision-making, according to consultant Dick Taylor, M.D., in an article at InformationWeek.

Computer-assisted coding market 'ripe' for growth as ICD-10 looms

As hospitals prepare to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding by October 2015, computer-assisted coding (CAC)tools will become increasingly important, so much so that, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, they have the highest growth potential out of 25 support service applications.

NIH grants funds to research impact of social media on treatment of substance abuse

Research exploring how social media can be used to advance prevention and treatment of substance abuse has received a boost from the National Institutes of Health.

Partners CIO: Analytics will help care teams effectively adjust treatment

Healthcare analytics will ultimately move beyond being predictive to becoming prescriptive--helping healthcare teams change course as necessary, according Partners HealthCare Chief Information Officer James Noga.