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HIEs team up on strategic collaborative

To enhance the exchange of ideas and business improvements for health information exchanges, 20 HIEs have formed the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative.

As health data volume grows, CIOs must prioritize governance strategies, analytics

Technology is creating more ways to collect and analyze health data, but as the amount of information grows, chief information officers in the industry must figure out how to make that flood of data actionable.

Context vital for implementing healthcare innovations

Implementing healthcare innovations calls for better understanding of the relationship between them and the context in which they will be used, according to an article at Health Affairs.

Patients willing to share health data, but only for a good reason

Patients are becoming more willing to share their health information publicly, but there is one caveat: It has to be for a good reason.

2015 to be 'year of education and training' for ICD-10 efforts

Despite the seemingly constant threat of another delay to ICD-10, hospitals and physician practices would be wise to forge ahead with implementation, writes Deborah Grider, a healthcare consultant and current president of the Indiana Health Information Management Association.

Why alternate payment models could be a boon for telemedicine

Reimbursement for telemedicine services is one of the main roadblocks to the use of the technology. While payers have been reluctant to wade into the fray, new payment models offer promise for expanded use of telehealth, according to an article at the American Journal of Managed Care.

Ed Marx outlines key elements of HIT governance policy

Ed Marx, chief information officer of Texas Health Resources, compares the need to develop your own governance model to cultural differences--it has to work for your own organizational culture.

Omnibus bill keeps ONC funding at same level as 2014

The Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed Congress over the weekend will fund the Office of the National Coordinator for Health at the same level as last fiscal year with a budget of just under $60.4 million. After the bill passed the House last week, the Senate approved it Saturday night.

Study: Telehealth can save $100 or more per visit

As telehealth services grow throughout the country, they provide both improved care and ways to cut costs. The average estimated cost of a telehealth visit saves a little less than $100 compared to the estimated cost for in-person care, according to a new study.

Women in healthcare IT must lead the way for others

Women continue to make a big impact in many industries, including healthcare, but when it comes to them holding leadership positions there is still progress to be made.

Congressional committee to hold ICD-10 hearings in 2015

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) called ICD-10 "an important milestone in the future of healthcare technologies," in a statement this week on implementation of the coding set.

FDA pushes forward with UDI system development

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pressing "full steam ahead" to develop a unique device identifier system for medical devices, according to Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

mHealth Summit 2014: App developers must make things easy for providers

To ensure high provider engagement in the use of mobile health technologies, developers must keep their concepts simple and straightforward, according to Shivdev Rao, a physician advisor in residence at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Technology Development Center.

Employee health information compromised in Sony Pictures hack

A recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures has sent not only personal emails and employee salary information out across the Web--but sensitive health information as well.

HHS' Bryan Sivak: We're still at the same tip of the iceberg for health data analysis

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak believes that, despite all of the strides made in health IT over the last few years, data collection efforts have hit a lull.

Citrus Valley Health's Martin Kleinbart: Data sharing is about trust

With diabetes prevalent at a rate more than twice the national average, Citrus Valley Health Partners in Orange County, California, set out to create a health information exchange as a means to better manage and coordinate care for its population. To that end, Chief Strategy Officer Martin Kleinbart spoke exclusively to FierceHealthIT about Citrus Valley's efforts.

NIH grants enable use of big data to study sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Big data will play a role in understanding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) thanks to grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

mHealth Summit 2014: ONC pondering mHealth for Meaningful Use Stage 3

In looking toward the third stage in Meaningful Use, the inclusion of patient-generated data is something ONC is thinking about, according to Jodi Daniel, director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Former Sen. Bill Frist: No more excuses on health IT framework

A flexible, risk-based framework is necessary to keep healthcare technology moving forward and to enhance innovation, according to former Sen. Bill Frist, who is is currently senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Hospitals want Congress to keep ICD-10 on track

Any attempts to delay, again, ICD-10 compliance would be a waste of time and money, and should be opposed, eight healthcare organizations--including the American Hospital Association and the Premier healthcare alliance--stressed to members of Congress in a recent letter.