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Karen DeSalvo: Make public health infrastructure more data enabled

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo shared her thoughts on the potential of technology and an improved, data-driven infrastructure for public health efforts at the eHealth Initiative's annual conference in the District of Columbia Wednesday.

Medicare's telehealth, remote monitoring reimbursement changes could save $1.8B

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health.

Andy Slavitt echoes CMS IT message for rural health leaders

In looking back at the past year and what's in store for the year to come, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, in a speech this week to the National Rural Health Association, focused on many areas of the health industry, including the promising role of technology.

On-demand healthcare investment expected to reach $1B in 2017

Investment in on-demand healthcare companies--those that provide local near-real-time and 24/7 services--is expected to quadruple to $1 billion by the end of 2017, according to Accenture research.

Walter Reed uses 3-D printing to help wounded veterans

Providers are embracing 3D printing technologies in an effort to help wounded veterans do day-to-day tasks more easily, according to a Forbes article.

Report: Robust data analytics capabilities 'likely several years away'

Robust data analysis with be critical for health organizations as the industry moves from volume-based payment to a value-based system, but there's still a long road ahead for hospitals and health systems to get where they need to be, according to a market trends report from Chilmark Research.

HHS: Privacy laws don't bar fraud victims from seeing thieves' medical data

People who have their identities stolen have the right to review and correct their own medical records--including taking a look at medical records of the thieves themselves, the Obama administration has said.

Survey: Health informatics professionals confident in state of the industry

A majority of health informatics professionals responding to a recently published survey say they are confident in the stability of the field and their individual careers.

Online quiz game engages medical, nursing students in healthy competition

Doctors and nurses in training are testing their medical knowledge with an online quiz game that the University of Alabama at Birmingham says is going viral.

MGMA to add space in Denver's Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation hub

An innovation hub based in Denver is about to get a new addition courtesy of the Medical Group Management Association.

Health IT outsourcing to grow to $68.3B by 2020

Outsourcing for healthcare technology will grow in the next four years, and is set to reach $68.3 billion by 2020, according a report from Everest Group.

Medical device security research on the upswing

Healthcare professionals should look for an uptick in cybersecurity research for medical devices during 2016, security researcher Billy Rios says in an interview with HealthcareInfoSecurity.

OIG: Weaknesses in Utah Department of Health's Medicaid IT systems 'high impact'

Information systems used by the Utah Department of Health for its Medicaid program were left at risk, with numerous weaknesses in the technology discovered during a review of the agency by the Office of Inspector General.

Stakeholders weigh in on Senate HELP health IT bill

Several healthcare stakeholders, including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Health IT Now and the National Partnership for Women & Families have submitted comments on the Senate HELP Committee's draft health IT legislation, unveiled late last month. 

Partners Healthcare offers $1M to help employees make innovations a reality

Employees at Partners HealthCare could get a grant of up to $100,000 to make innovative ideas a reality.

IT budgets growing, but not to support EHRs

IT budgets continue to grow at hospitals and health systems--but that growth is not because of funds needed for electronic health records, according to an IDC Health Insights report.

NIST seeks vendor partners to work on wireless infusion pump security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for vendor partners to work on an example solution to securing wireless medical infusion pumps, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

Request for 'booth girl' perpetuates view of HIT as a man's world

The face of health IT is changing. What used to be an industry where men held most of the executive positions, women are breaking through that glass ceiling and taking seats at the leadership table.

Come March, tens of thousands of women will be in Las Vegas to attend HIMSS 2016.

However, despite the progress women have made in the industry, there's still an undercurrent of sexism.

ATA: Telemedicine reimbursement, access remain a mixed bag

Since May, many states dropped a letter grade when it comes to physician practice standards on telemedicine use, but there has been a "mix of strides and stagnation" when it comes to reimbursement for the services, according to two updated reports from the American Telemedicine Association.

CMS: For approval of Medicaid home health services, telemedicine counts for face-to-face visits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published a final rule clarifying requirements behind face-to-face encounters for Medicaid beneficiaries to be eligible to receive home health services; the rule outlines that telehealth can be used for such encounters.