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AHA raises concerns about interoperability provisions in 21st Century Cures Act

The American Hospital Association expressed concerns about the interoperability provisions in the 21st Century Cures legislation in a letter sent to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

4 issues providers face when adopting telemedicine services

Telemedicine implementation comes with many considerations, the least of which is figuring out where to start, according to panelists at the Institute for Health Technology Transformation conference in Boston.

Hack attack on CareFirst compromises info for 1.1 million consumers

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield on Wednesday announced that it was the target of a cyberattack that compromised information of about 1.1 million current and former consumers, as well as individuals who conducted business with the company online. The attack was discovered last month during information technology security efforts conducted in the wake of other recent high-profile cyberattacks on fellow payers Anthem and Premera discovered earlier this year.

John Halamka: Charter organization to ensure interoperability doesn't make sense

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, speaking out against a bill included in the 21st Century Cures Act that would result in the dissolution of the Health IT Standards Committee, offers up several ways to accelerate the interoperability of electronic health records in a recent blog post.

Rapid growth projected for global telemedicine market

The global market for telemedicine technologies is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent from the $17.8 billion spent on hardware, software and services through 2020, according to a new report from RNCOS.

Allscripts lays off 250 employees

Electronic health record vendor Allscripts is eliminating 250 jobs, which represents 3.5 percent of its global workforce.

Coast Guard called to task for insufficient health data privacy

The U.S. Coast Guard has made progress in developing a culture of privacy, but still faces challenges because it lacks a strong organizational approach to resolving privacy issues, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General.

Kaiser CIO: Tech and high-quality care go hand in hand

Kaiser Permanente's mission is to deliver high-quality and affordable care, and that can't be done without effective use of technology, says Dick Daniels, Kaiser's executive vice president and chief information officer.

Alabama rolls tide forward for implementing interstate licensure compact

The Federation of State Medical Board's Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is ready to be formally implemented with the addition of Alabama to the roster of states supporting the legislation.

Seattle Children's CISO: Focus on security and compliance will follow

A good information security program will bring the organization into compliance with security mandates, making it unnecessary to pursue better compliance. But it's a nuanced difference.

Electronic pillbox boosts remote care for diabetics

A telehealth program for patients with poorly controlled diabetes showed encouraging results, though it involved a small sample made up primarily of African-American women, according to research published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

UPMC patient data illegally accessed by third-party vendor

Information of patients treated at Pittsburgh-based UPMC's emergency departments was accessed and copied by the employee of a third-party vendor.

Hospital CIO: Train clinicians, physicians on ICD-10 now

Despite attempts to once again derail ICD-10, with about 140 days to go it seems implementation will nonetheless happen Oct. 1. That means it's time to train employees on the new code set.

IEEE publishes medical device security guidance for software development

IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative is addressing medical device security with a new set of software development guidelines.

AMA backs play to eliminate ICD-10

The American Medical Association has come out in support of legislation proposed late last month by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) that aims to ban the use of ICD-10.

Alabama seventh state to adopt interstate licensure compact

The Federation of State Medical Boards Interstate Licensure Compact is one step closer to reality, with Alabama becoming the seventh state to adopt the measure, according to a post at Healthcare Dive.

Telediabetes 'warrants prominent place' in healthcare

Telemedicine intervention to help people with diabetes has the potential to help patients with glycemic control, reduce body weight and increase exercise.

4 ways healthcare should use current IT to innovate

Innovation in the healthcare space should move forward using the IT capabilities already in play through "human-centered design thinking," Lyle Berkowitz, M.D., writes at his "Change Doctor" blog.

Optum pulls out of Healthcare.gov project

Optum, the technology wing of UnitedHealth Group tasked with buoying HealthCare.gov after its rocky start, is discontinuing its work on the government run insurance website after declaring "mission accomplished" on Thursday.

Researchers: Health application design must include target audience

Health website designers need to critically evaluate their assumptions about usability, especially for older populations, according to research published at eGEMS (Generating Evidence and Methods to improve patient outcomes).