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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.

NIST cybersecurity framework needs more guidance on implementation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework would be "more useable and more prescriptive" for healthcare entities if it gave more specific guidance on implementation, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Lee Kim.

Prescription drug database poised to become law in Pennsylvania

A bill to create a prescription database to deter doctor shopping and prevent overdoses is headed for the Pennsylvania governor's desk after passing both houses of the state General Assembly last week.

3 ways health IT startups can stand out

Healthcare IT is a booming industry for startups, with $5 billion invested into digital health this year alone. But with so many companies entering into health IT, startups have to find ways to stand out from the rest. New companies will have to find unique technologies and unique ideas to make an impact, according to an article at CIO.com

Mergers and Acquisitions: 3 steps to integrate health IT systems

As the healthcare industry continues to consolidate, leading chief information officers (CIOs) find that developing a template or common approach to marrying disparate systems saves time and minimizes headaches.

Technology can help hospital exec streamline tax reporting methods

It's the time of year to prepare for tax reporting. This year, don't let your vendor master file contribute to the madness of tax reporting. Inconsistencies in vendor master files are typically the root cause of tax reporting headaches

Global telemedicine technology market to hit $43 billion by 2019

Spurred by drastic growth in "telehome" technology adoption, the global telemedicine tools market will likely reach $43.4 billion within five years, according to a new report published by Wellesley, Massachusetts-based BCC Research.

University of Utah uses software to drive quality improvement

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center touts success with a value-improvement framework that uses software to assess direct costs of patient care as part of quality improvement efforts. It discusses the experience in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

CHIME, HL7 applaud ONC road map, JASON task force recommendations

Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as step in the right direction. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program focuses on how data can improve health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is setting its sights on improving healthcare through data and information.

Q3 sees drop in VC health IT funding, but rise in number of deals

The amount venture capital funds in healthcare IT raised in the third quarter of 2014 slowed from the record breaking numbers hit in Q2, but saw a record number of deals.