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Congressman wants investigation into Community Health Systems breach

Fallout continues to expand in the wake of the Community Health Systems breach reported last month, with a federal legislator calling for an investigation into the matter.

Analytics key to population health management at St. Vincent's

Analytics tools are the key to advancing change and achieving population health management goals at St. Vincent's Health Partners in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

HIMSS to Congress: 3 actions to improve health IT

HIMSS has presented three "Congressional Asks"--formal requests to Congress to accomplish specific goals to advance health IT.

5 reasons tech adoption is sluggish in healthcare

Robert Pearl, M.D. examines in Forbes the five factors that impact technology adoption in healthcare.

Federal advisers outline 'least-regret' approach for query recommendations

The Nationwide Health Information Network Power Team--a subgroup of the federal Health IT Standards Committee that advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT--on Wednesday outlined a "least regret" approach to query recommendations for the 2017 electronic health record technology certification edition.

How hospital CIOs learn from data, security breaches

Security breaches and privacy protection are the current biggest buzzwords in the healthcare industry, and two Boston-based CIOs recently offered up some advice on how their facilities are working to keep data safe.

Providers: Apple Watch, HealthKit intriguing for patient care, but challenges persist

As Apple looks to team with provider organizations and other health technology vendors on efforts relating to its forthcoming HealthKit platform and its new wearable device, Apple Watch, it will be interesting to see how much traction it gains among clinicians. To that end, we queried our FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board for their thoughts on Apple's new offerings.

Telemedicine beneficial in management of chronic diseases, lowering costs

There are many uses for telemedicine to manage chronic diseases, and no matter the process, the technology offers beneficial results and costs reductions, according to a recent study.

Ebola scare, HAI crackdown to boost sales of infection-control software

U.S. hospitals say they're not prepared to treat a deadly infection like Ebola, and while they've put infection-control technology on the back burner, that's quickly changing, according to a survey from Black Book.

Researchers: Use evidence to create an effective big data health policy

Though big data offers the potential to improve healthcare and cut costs, developing winning public policy will require making the case with real-life examples showing how data-sharing led to improvements, according to a new Health Affairs article.

Implementation of Web portal delays HIPAA audits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has delayed its second round of HIPAA audits while it works to get a web portal up and running through which entities can submit information.

HIMSS' Joyce Sensmeier: 'We are all stakeholders in advancing interoperability'

For true interoperability to occur in the healthcare industry, stakeholders must recognize the barriers, according to Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of Informatics for HIMSS.

Asynchronous virtual visits adept for routine care

Asynchronous virtual visits are allowing clinics associated with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to keep tabs on chronic-care patients while freeing physicians to spend time on sicker ones.

10 Influential Women in Health IT in 2014

Whether serving as government officials, clinicians, educators or researchers, women continue to play a major role in the evolution of health IT both in the U.S. and around the world. Once again, we asked our readers to nominate who they thought to be the most influential women in health IT for our third annual list. View list

How to engage baby boomers in healthcare technology

As baby boomers age, their increasing need for care will place a high demand on the healthcare industry. Advances in technology may help ease that burden, but only if developers use the right tools and platforms, according to a recent study.

Nations should learn from each other on health IT strategies

The use of health information and communications technologies to improve chronic care "is still in its early days," according to research at Health Affairs comparing approaches used in Australia, Canada, Denmark and the U.S.

ATA reports grade state telemedicine policies

A pair of state policy reports on telemedicine, released this week by the American Telemedicine Association, show gaps in coverage, reimbursement, practice standards and licensure across the U.S.

Stakeholders concerned licensure compact fails to boost telemedicine access

The Federation of State Medical Boards' finalized model interstate licensure compact, unveiled last Friday, does not do enough to boost telemedicine access in a meaningful way, according to James Turner, senior policy counsel for the Health IT Now Coalition.

HIMSS privacy lead: When working in healthcare security, 'be like a sponge'

As threats quickly change in healthcare, those looking to a career in privacy and security in the industry should "be like a sponge," says Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Karen DeSalvo: Everyone can weigh in on path to interoperability

ONC is focused on gaining as much input as possible on how to make true interoperability happen, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo said in a recent conversation with Sam Ho, M.D., executive director at United Healthcare and chairman of eHealth Initiative's Board of Directors.