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What non-HIPAA covered entities must know about protecting PHI

Even companies that are not HIPAA-covered entities need to know how to protect the employee health data they possess, according to attorney Susan A. Miller.

American Society of Clinical Oncology tool to use large swaths of data to improve cancer care

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is creating a tool that will allow it to cull patient data from millions of electronic health records in an effort to improve cancer care, according to an announcement on the platform.

White House cybersecurity plan a step in right direction, but needs work

President Barack Obama's cybersecurity plan, announced during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, is a good step forward but still has its flaws, according to David M. Upton, a professor at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

Patients increasingly open to video doctor visits

Patient acceptance of telelhealth services is growing, with 64 percent of patients recently surveyed by Harris Poll on behalf of telehealth company American Well saying they are willing to consider a video chat with their doctor instead of an in-person visit.

Strategy and innovation advisors wants predictive analytics included in HIT strategic plan

The Health IT Policy Committee's strategy and innovation work group, on Thursday, outlined draft recommendations for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.

ONC work group: HIT strategic plan lacks consumer focus

While the Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Work Group praised efforts put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to update its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the group's members say the framework does not go far enough when it comes to consumers.

Hospital CISOs gain visibility as threats grow

As security threats against healthcare organizations proliferate, the role of chief information security officers is gaining more visibility

Hospital CIOs share experiences, issues with interoperability

Although most healthcare chief information officers have implemented certified electronic health record systems and the required standards, many remain frustrated in their quest for interoperability, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.

Researchers turn to Twitter to predict heart disease rates

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are turning to an unlikely source to predict rates of heart disease: Twitter.

Obama touts cybersecurity, personalized medicine efforts in State of the Union address

While health IT wasn't directly mentioned in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, two proposals touted--on cybersecurity and personalized medicine--have the potential to alter the landscape of the industry to varying degrees.

Docs to ONC: Ease administrative burden of health IT

The American Academy of Family Physicians is urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to ease the burden on physicians trying to comply with federal health IT goals.

Michael McCoy named first chief health information officer at ONC

Michael James McCoy, M.D., will soon become the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's first chief health information officer.

CDI system pays off for Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center

To bring in more revenue, Arizona-based Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center decided to build a computer-assisted clinical documentation improvement system from the ground up--and the effort paid off.

Erroneous med errors 'sail through' CPOE systems

Nearly 80 percent of erroneous medication orders could be entered in computerized physician order entry systems, and more than half "sailed right through," with little or no difficulty or warnings, according to research published at BMJ Quality & Safety.

Why another ICD-10 delay could threaten national security

Though some medical groups keep pushing for yet another delay in ICD-10, Juliet Santos of consultancy Leidos Health, argues that another delay could be a threat to national security.

In wake of CMS departure, Tavenner praised for 'steady hand'

In the wake of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner's recently announced resignation, several healthcare organizations are praising her work at the agency, much of which focused on innovation in the industry.

Health execs expect to see population health ROI within four years

A majority of healthcare executives foresee a return on investment in population health management programs within three to four years, according to a survey by KPMG.

Privacy experts decry delay of HIPAA audits

With no start date set for the next round of HIPAA audits, some worry that it could be like "the boy who cried wolf."

Texas prisons turn to telemedicine to reduce costs

Telemedicine is not only revolutionizing how people receive healthcare at home, but it also is being used in a wide array of locations--including prisons.

FDA draft guidance tackles regulation of general wellness devices, medical device accessories

Draft guidance documents published Friday morning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in compliance with actions outlined in its FDASIA Health IT Report, propose both to regulate medical device accessories based on risks they present when used as intended with their parent devices and not regulate products intended only for general wellness.