USDA awards $23.4 million in grants to rural telemedicine projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $23.4 million in grants to 75 projects across 31 states as part of its USDA Rural Development's Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, according to an announcement.

LabMD decision could cause FTC to think twice about case selection, attorney says

Federal Trade Commission processes for seeking sanctions on companies violating data security practices very likely could be impacted by last week's dismissal of the agency's case against LabMD via an administrative law judge's initial ruling, according to attorney Reed Freeman.

New format to allow open exchange of brain data to further treatments

A new data format will allow open sharing of information about the brain, which scientists can use to create new treatments for brain disorders.

PwC: Technology a linchpin to primary care's future

Technology will be one of the key drivers when it comes to "revving" up the role of primary care, according to a recent PwC report.

3 ways the FDA furthers patient engagement in the med device process

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to include patients and caregivers every step of the way when it comes to development of new medical tools.

How cloud analytics-as-a-service can decipher NICU data streams

Researchers from the University of Ontario and IBM have been working on a health analytics-as-a-service framework by customizing an existing project for a neonatal intensive care unit.

Implementing ICD-10 was 'absolutely essential' to moving healthcare forward

The ICD-10 implementation date has come and gone, and having the new code set go live was "absolutely essential," according to Richard Averill, senior healthcare policy advisor for 3M and a member of the Coalition for ICD-10's governing board.

NPs, PAs top physicians in emergency department e-prescribing

Nonphysicians are e-prescribing the most at Children's National Health System's emergency department, according to a poster presented at the American Medical Informatics Association annual symposium in San Francisco.

AMA teams up with tech incubator to help entrepreneurs test innovations

A new interaction studio at Chicago-based tech incubator MATTER is giving healthcare entrepreneurs the chance to see how their products work in simulated spaces before sending them out into the world.

Software works as 'air traffic control for patients,' improves patient flow

Bed-management visualization software and workflow changes have helped SwedishAmerican Hospital in Illinois significantly cut the time it takes to get patients from the emergency department into a bed and to get outgoing patients discharged.

Security of home health tools lacks government oversight

While use of digital health tools at home--from genetic tests to wearables--can put personal health information at risk, the government currently has very few tools at its disposal to solve such issues.

PHI breaches not limited to healthcare organizations

In a report set to be released in full next month, Verizon Enterprise Solutions examines the scope and impact of protected health information breaches since 1994. Author Suzanne Widup and her colleagues analyzed 1,931 incidents involving more than 392 million records, but perhaps more surprisingly, discovered that 90 percent of industries--including nonhealthcare industries--have experienced such a breach. In an interview with FierceHealthIT, Widup said that what gave her the most pause was that diversity of industries impacted beyond healthcare. The public sector, she said, was especially represented in the findings.

Precision Medicine Initiative funding, advisory panel unveiled

President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative is moving forward, with the recent announcement of funding opportunities as well as panel of outside advisers.

Why healthcare needs a data-savvy workforce

The right workforce is needed in healthcare if big data is to make its mark on the industry, according to Mike Iskandaryan, senior program manager of business operations at UnitedHealth Group.

More enforcement likely in second round of HIPAA audits, attorney says

The second round of HIPAA compliance audits likely will include more enforcement actions, according to Anna Spencer, a partner at law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

AMIA urges changes in quality measurement, informatics policies

The American Medical Informatics Association is urging the federal government to rethink its informatics policies as it moves to value-based payment models.

Pew seeks support to advance UDI data use in claims forms

The Pew Charitable Trusts is asking the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics for support in advancing use of unique device identifier data in insurance claims forms.

Western Reserve CIO Pam Banchy: Flexibility required to balance large initiatives, day-to-day tasks [Q&A]

CIO Pam Banchy spoke with FierceHealthIT about how Western Reserve Hospital handles cybersecurity, what she enjoys most about the job and how she sees the role of CIO changing.

Judge dismisses FTC security enforcement case against LabMD

The Federal Trade Commission's data security enforcement case against Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory LabMD following an alleged 2008 data breach was dismissed Friday by an administrative law judge who said that the agency failed to prove the breach harmed, or could potentially harm, consumers.

Healthcare employees must know the role they play in keeping patient data safe

One key to keeping patient data safe is making sure that those who handle it know their responsibility for safeguarding the information, according to Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.