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Hospital CIO-vendor relationships must be less mambo, more tango

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 increases diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy

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 boost adherence of blood pressure, cholesterol meds

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.

3 emerging threats to healthcare privacy and security

​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 costs: Lower than expected?

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 embrace sharing doc notes with family, caregivers

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.

ONC outlines 10-year vision for HIT-enabled quality improvement

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.

eHealth Initiative roadmap calls for alignment of HIT regulatory efforts

Interoperability and Meaningful Use efforts need to be aligned with other healthcare regulatory and industry initiatives, according to the eHealth Initiative, which on Thursday unveiled its 2020 roadmap for transforming health IT.

How low health literacy, technology leave elderly behind

The Internet is quickly becoming the go-to place for health information, but those who are not well-versed in understanding health matters, and especially those who are elderly, are being left behind, according to a recent study.

NIST releases draft guidance on sharing cyberattack info

Healthcare providers can help one another when it comes to cyberattacks by sharing information with one another during and after and attack, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology has created draft guidelines on how organizations can handle those relationships.

Pediatric emergency telemedicine: 5 barriers to success

Telemedicine is an underused technology in pediatric emergency settings, where it could "in theory, improve the quality of ... care at small hospitals, facilitate effective triage ... and reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary transport," according to researchers from RAND and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, whose work was published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

AMA backs compact for multistate licensure to ease use of telemedicine

The American Medical Association this week pledged its support for a compact developed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to make it easier for physicians to obtain licenses in multiple states.

Medical research needs transparency, more robust peer review

Big data projects by themselves won't effectively transform medical research without a cultural change rewarding transparency and cooperation, according to an article published at the Journal of Medical Internet Research focused on rooting out unreliable research.

Doc: ICD-10 delays teach medical professionals to embrace apathy

According to James Libecco, a single practitioner at Akron Skin Center in Ohio, the multiple delays to ICD-10 are teaching those in medicine to embrace apathy.

How health IT can help to keep patients insured

Health information technology--in particular, electronic health records and health information exchange--can be a conduit for keeping patients insured, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Center for Health Research maintain in an article published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Survey indicates telemedicine adoption growth among healthcare execs

Executives in the healthcare industry are not shying away from implementing telemedicine policies, despite setbacks caused by regulations and reimbursement policies, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner LLP.

OCR releases new guidance on HIPAA privacy rules for emergencies

HIPAA privacy protections are not suspended during an emergency, the Office of Civil Rights reminds covered entities and business associates in new guidance with the Ebola outbreak in mind.

CHIME, HIMSS to Burwell: Health IT not a part-time job

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society want Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Karen DeSalvo as National Coordinator for Health IT should she continue to split her duties between ONC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.

ONC privacy chief Lucia Savage excited, focused for task ahead

The healthcare industry has recently shows concern over the repercussions of the leadership exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Lucia Savage, the new chief privacy officer, however, reports "a lot of excitement and focus" at the agency on moving beyond just adoption of technology to more effectively harnessing technology to improve patient outcomes.

AMA's Robert Wah channels Yoda on HIT's future

While American Medical Association President Robert Wah referred to "Star Trek" in his inaugural address in June, he called upon the spirit of "Star Wars" in his address to the House of Delegates at the AMA Interim Meeting last week in Dallas. More precisely, the edict from Master Yoda: "Do. Or do not. There is no try."