The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking another step toward improving its data collection and management with the creation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics. The new office will be led by Niall Brennan, who will become CMS' first chief data officer.
Home visits, telemedicine and digital health all will be ubiquitous as healthcare reform continues to take hold, according to University of Pennsylvania-based health economist Ezekiel Emanuel.
Physicians are equating the use of health IT with reduced capacity to see more patients just as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is providing coverage for more Americans, a new survey finds.
The information of some patients at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston has been compromised after a laptop and cellphone were stolen from a hospital physician. The armed robbery took place off the hospital's campus, and during the incident, the physician was forced by the assailant to give up passcodes and encryption keys to the devices, according to BWH.
In light of a recent report from the Government Accountability Office criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs' cybersecurity efforts, the agency plans to add $60 million to its information security budget.
A group of 15 organizations--including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Health Information management Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America's Health Insurance Plans--is urging congressional leaders to ensure that no future delays to ICD-10 implementation take place.
Healthcare providers' and consumers' views closely align when it comes to the promise digital technology holds for care, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The transition to personalized healthcare delivery and incentives for health information exchange are expected to significantly increase the adoption of cloud services in healthcare, according to a new Frost & Sullivan analysis.
A key to preventing security breaches at a hospital is having controls in place that allow as little information to leave the system as possible, according to two IT leaders at Medical Center Health System.
Though the Department of Veterans Affairs has taken action to address previously identified IT vulnerabilities, it has not done enough to prevent future problems, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The health industry has come a long way in recent years when it comes to data security, but it still lags far behind others when it comes to having the right prevention measures against cyberthreats, according to Mark Ford, principle of Deloitte Cyber Risk Services.
First, Google Flu Trends was touted as a potential epidemic detection tool. Then researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine developed a Twitter screening method for delivering real-time data on flu cases to determine which publicly available tweets were linked to actual infections. Now, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico say that tracking Wikipedia page views can forecast the spread of influenza and dengue fever.
While ICD-10 might have codes that seem excessive--like injury via turkey--without its comprehensive codes, doctors will "never detect the one-in-a-million disease when it matters," according to resident physician in family medicine William Rusnak.
The ideal healthcare CIO-vendor relationship should be a tango, according to Daniel Morreale, president at New Jersey HIMSS, who said he has come to think of that partnership as a dance because it takes a sequence of steps to enhance the product, the process and the outcome.
Telemedicine has shown to help diagnose diabetic retinopathy in patients, particularly those who are do not have easy access eye care, according to a study at JAMA Ophthalmology.
Automated calls can help patients to remember to to refill their blood pressure and cholesterol medications, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.
New risks have upped the ante for HIPAA security and privacy officers and increased fines have many on edge. Particularly in the aftermath of the Community Health Systems (CHS) breach, which put 4.5 million patient records at risk across 29 states and 206 hospitals, last year's risk assessments look woefully inadequate for many healthcare systems and practices. What's worrying privacy and security officers this year?
ICD-10 implementation costs may not be as burdensome as previously thought for small physician practices, at least according to a post in this month's Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.
Patients are increasingly using technology to share their health information with family or friends, and access to information is causing them to pay better attention to their care, according to a recent study.
Creating a learning healthcare system will require more closely aligning the tools, teams and goals of clinical decision support (CDS) and clinical quality measures (CQM) efforts, according to a blog post at Health IT Buzz. The Office of the National Coordinator has released a paper outlining its 10-year vision for harnessing health IT for quality improvement, which it describes as interdependent with its efforts to achieve interoperability.