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Patient de-identification needs to balance privacy, value of analytics

Data analytics are making an impact on the healthcare industry, but concerns remain over patient privacy and security—so the industry is turning to de-identification as a way to keep information private.

VA to issue RFP for new scheduling system

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week plans to issue a Request for Proposal for the development of a new scheduling system. In June, VA CIO Stephen Warren told a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee that the agency would turn to the private sector to find replacement technology.

Research touts 10-year success of telestroke units

Telestroke units helped increase the number of rural patients treated and deliver treatment faster, according to a 10-year evaluation published in the journal Stroke.

Community Health Systems breach cost estimates as high as $150 million

The Community Health Systems breach exposing 4.5 million patients' data in 29 states is expected to be costly--the total bill could be somewhere between $75 million and $150 million, according to a calculation at Forbes.

Todd Park to step down from US CTO post

After five years in the District of Columbia, Todd Park--who initially served as the first chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services before being named U.S. CTO by President Obama in 2012--is heading to the other side of the country.

6 success factors for HIE participation by a health system

The participation of health system leadership and timely and accurate communication are among the biggest factors contributing to the success of hospital participation in a health information exchange, according to research published this month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research – Medical Informatics.

Health system adapts NIST framework to meet security risk needs

Data breaches have become the "inciting incident" that--much like in a story--precipitates the plot, writes Christopher Paidhrin in a blog post for HealthcareInfoSecurity.com. Now, he says, that incident must lead to a refocusing of thinking and behavior in IT security.

Mac McMillan: 'Disparate' health privacy requirements overwhelming for providers

As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights ramps up its audits of healthcare entities in the coming months, there is a sense among some that there will be a flood of fines levvied compared to actions that have already been taken. Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, actually foresees trouble looming at the state level for providers, as well.

Why data analytics is vital to healthcare improvement

Current healthcare literature says that without robust analytics technology, healthcare organizations can't fully achieve the goal of affordable, high-quality care, good intentions notwithstanding. The data is there, but the healthcare industry does not have an evenly distributed knowledge of how to use it effectively.

At Penn State, telemedicine boosts stroke care to rural patients

In July 2012, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, a 563-bed Children's and university hospital in Hershey, Pennslyvania, launched a telemedicine network to provide stroke care to rural patients in Central Pennsylvania. The hub-and-spoke network, which started off with five initial partners, now has doubled in size, and, according to neurologist Raymond Reichwein, is set to add four more partner hospitals over the next six months.

Computer bug 'Heartbleed' likely source of Community Health Systems data breach

Hackers likely used the computer bug Heartbleed to gain access to the data of about 4.5 million patients at Community Health Systems--and the FBI is warning other hospitals they could be at risk, too, Reuters reports.

How to cut time spent on queries as ICD-10 approaches

The official compliance date for ICD-10 is a little more than a year away and as healthcare organizations work toward implementation they have many concerns--especially the toll it will take on costs and productivity.

Mac McMillan: Health IT security compliance does not equal safety

FierceHealthIT recently spoke with Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, about the current state of healthcare security. In part 1 of this two-part interview, McMillan discusses what he thinks hospital CIOs need to focus on.

How Mass General uses predictive analytics to bolster patient care

The use of predictive analytics has helped to improve the efficiency of care delivered by providers at Massachusetts General Hospital. In particular, a search-engine tool developed in 2007 known as the Queriable Patient Interface Dossier (QPID) has been key to those efforts.

Judge upholds ban on telemedicine abortions

A ban on the practice of telemedicine abortions in Iowa, approved by the state's board of medicine last summer, has been upheld by a district judge.

Using the Facebook model to spur HIE adoption

Health information exchanges are like Facebook for doctors, according to a Brookings article: They want to be where their friends are.

Emotional, behavioral intelligence key to hospital CIO success

When it comes to leading a healthcare organization, success lies in the "ability to demonstrate emotional and behavioral intelligence," says David Miller, CIO at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

FDA's latest API focuses on medical device adverse events

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an Application Programming Interface to make data on medical device adverse events more accessible to the public.

The tall task of patient engagement

Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results.

Net neutrality and healthcare: Providers must take a stand

Healthcare needs leaders in the network neutrality debate who can bridge the needs of clinical practice and technology to ensure the Internet continues to serve the public good, according to a blog post at Health Affairs.