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HIMSS: Health IT hiring remains 'consistent'

Clinical application support continues to be a major hiring need for healthcare organizations, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's second annual workforce survey.

Updates to state licensing compact focus on patient protections

In an effort to expand the use of telemedicine across state lines, the Federation of State Medical Boards has released an updated version of its interstate compact for physician licensure. The updated draft includes proposed changes to strengthen patient protections and streamline the requirements for licensures across states.

Report: IT redefining management, sustainability of healthcare

Healthcare IT is poised to be the driver of healthcare transformation--redefining the management and sustainability of health, according to Healthcare Growth Partners 2014 mid-year review.

McDonald cites IT as critical to new era for VA

In addressing the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs earlier on Tuesday, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, talked about several IT initiatives he views as vital to turning the agency around.

Rush University program trains veterans for health IT jobs

Rush University Medical Center hopes to expand its program to help returning veterans attain skills in health IT and help other healthcare organizations replicate it.

Halamka: Patient-generated data 'next key frontier'

Patient-generated data is the next frontier in care coordination, population health, and clinical research, according to John Halamka, CIO at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Hospital CIOs: How to approach hiring your staff

Staffing in health IT departments is an ongoing issue for professionals in the industry, and this problem has chief information officers looking for ways to attract and retain the right workers.

CMS: Clinical decision support not limited to pop-up alerts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, evidently concerned about some of the negative outcomes involving intrusive pop-up clinical decision support alerts, has issued a tip sheet and answers a FAQ to clarify that the Meaningful Use incentive program is not limited to this type of notification.

Telehealth legislation seeks better coverage for chronically ill

Forthcoming legislation set to be introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) looks to expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine beyond what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed earlier this month in its update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Court orders dismissal of $4 billion Sutter Health privacy suit

A privacy lawsuit against Sutter Health has been dismissed by a state appellate court this week.

Sensor-based measurement can help boost healthcare teamwork

Sensor-based measurement holds the potential to shed light on ways to improve teamwork in healthcare, but a range of issues have to be worked out, according to a literature review published at JAMIA.

Health IT M&As grow in first half of 2014

Mergers and acquisitions across healthcare IT grew by 17 percent in the first half of 2014, compared to the second half of 2013, according to a recent report by Berkery Noyes.

ONC officials should get comfortable on the Capitol Hill hot seat

Ten years after its creation during the Bush administration, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT finds itself squarely in the crosshairs of federal lawmakers uncertain of the...

Study backs importance of robust analytics infrastructure for ACOs

Robust analytics infrastructure is one of the keys to success for accountable care organizations, according to a new study published in the journal Academic Medicine.

Telemedicine consults in Latin America prove useful for pediatric care

Physicians in Latin America who participated in pediatric consultations via telemedicine with researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC were "highly satisfied" with the service, according to a new study.

Stress health IT's role in care innovation, not adoption

Rather than stressing adoption of health IT, the industry should be focused on how technology can be part of innovative new strategies to improve care, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

New York-Presbyterian hopes tech startups can boost its IT efforts

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is making moves that it hopes will lead to better healthcare technology use, according to CIO Aurelia Boyer.

IT, patient-centered research key to pushing disease prevention efforts

Information technology will be crucial to pushing disease prevention efforts in healthcare, according to a recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

EHNAC launches ACO health IT accreditation program

Accountable care organizations are the focus of a new accreditation program launched this week by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a nonprofit standards development group.

HIT workers find jobs meaningful and challenging, but pay lags

Healthcare IT workers tend to be pretty happy with their jobs, though not necessarily with their salaries, according to a survey from consulting and staffing firm Healthcare IT Leaders.