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HIMSS15: Telemedicine adoption model provides a standard for planning, evaluation

A telemedicine adoption model, similar to one used to compare trauma centers across the United States, was unveiled at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago last week.

New technology may make blood tests convenient, painless

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison a new tool may make it easier for patients to pull blood samples from home.

Healthcare organizations rally behind New York plan to boost broadband

More than 30 healthcare providers and organizations are supporting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to expand broadband access across the state.

Telemedicine a high 2015 priority for healthcare execs

Telemedicine is maturing from a specialty service into a mainstream form of healthcare, according to REACH Health's first annual telemedicine survey.

HIMSS15: Data-informed post-acute care choices save Advocate Health Care $200M

Advocate Health Care is using data analytics to risk stratify their entire patient population--a departure from the traditional approach of focusing on the most costly-to-treat patients. Execs from the country's largest ACO outlined the program at a HIMSS session this week. 

Times editorial board slams medical information blocking

Interoperability of electronic health information is often blocked by developers of the tools or "greedy medical centers that refuse to send records to rival providers," and the federal government must take steps to fix the problem, according to a post by the editorial board of the New York Times.

Healthcare providers: Brace for record-breaking HIPAA violation fines

Some whopping fines for HIPAA violations could be handed down later this year, according to a privacy attorney, who adds that OCR has a "significant pipeline of unprecedented settlement agreements." 

HIMSS15: Marshfield Clinic shares secret to population health management success

Successful population health management blends predictive analytics, chronic care management, a timely feedback mechanism and measurable outcomes. It's a tall order, to be sure, but at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago, the Marshfield Clinic offered some insight into making it all work.

Telehealth reimbursement language may be left off 21st Century Cures bill

Expansion of telemedicine services reimbursed by Medicare may be left out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's 21st Century Cures bill, according to a Politico article citing industry sources.

Better family history data could improve patient treatment plans

Though family history plays an important role in the recommended treatment for individual patients, too often physician bias and lack of time and accuracy stymie the collection of that information, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association

HIMSS15: IT infrastructure critical to payment, delivery reform, ONC's Karen DeSalvo says

While the interoperability of electronic health records is a high priority for the federal government, it really only is a means to an end, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago Thursday morning.

Kaiser Permanente to grow IT workforce in Georgia by 900

Kaiser Permanente is setting its sights on Georgia for health IT, announcing it will create about 900 tech jobs in Atlanta over the next four years.

Usability, interoperability remain barriers to HITECH goals

The HITECH Act has stimulated adoption of digital infrastructure in healthcare to improve care and reduce costs, but problems with usability, interoperability and the fee-for-service paradigm require further government action, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

HIMSS15: Technology drives George W. Bush's optimism for healthcare's future

Former President George W. Bush told attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago on Wednesday that the role of technology is the reason he's optimistic about the future of healthcare in the United States.

ONC touts 'significant' boost in health data exchange by hospitals

From 2008 to 2014 the healthcare industry saw major growth in the adoption of electronic medical records and the ability to exchange information.

Precision medicine must pair real-time, searchable databases with genomics

Precision medicine will require robust clinical databases of patient medical histories that physicians can use together with genomic data to tailor individual treatments, according to a commentary published in the journal Nature.

HIMSS15: Ed McCallister calls innovation a natural behavior at UPMC [Q&A]

Before taking the reins as CIO for the provider side at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Ed McCallister served in the same capacity on the payer side of the organization. Having both points of view, he said, has helped him to view patients more as consumers.

SGR passage: Reactions positive from HIT stakeholders, but questions loom

While early reaction from the health IT community to the sustainable growth rate bill passed overwhelmingly by the Senate late Tuesday has been fairly positive, questions remain about what lies ahead for providers, Congress and federal agencies.

Washington, Minnesota push to advance telehealth through reimbursements

The legislatures of Washington state and Minnesota are advancing bills requiring insurance companies to pay providers for telemedicine services on parity with that of in-person visits.

HIMSS15: ONC grant to boost community health data sharing efforts

Community health exchange is set to receive a financial boost thanks to a Health and Human Services Department initiative announced Tuesday afternoon at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago.