How providers can make the most of ICD-10's specificity

Any codes that will be expanded in ICD-10 hold promise to enhance research and process improvements, and health information management specialists can help make the most all the new code set has to offer, according to American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)-approved ICD-10 trainer Cathie Wilde.

Ruling gives FTC more power over policing cybersecurity

A recent appeals court ruling puts more power in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission when it comes to policing corporate cybersecurity.

How HIMSS is working to improve patient matching

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has long been involved in efforts to improve patient matching, according to Lisa Gallagher, the organization's vice president of technology solutions.

3 ways patients can safeguard PHI

As breaches at hospitals grow, and patients increasingly are seeing their personal health information compromised, there are ways not just hospitals, but consumers themselves can keep their information secure.

Google Flu Trends site shuts down

The Google Flu Trends website has shut down, members of the Flu Trends team announced. The team now will send its flu and dengue data from its search signals directly to partners including Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Texas law supports school-based telemedicine

A new law in Texas going into effect Sept. 1 will allow school-based telemedicine visits for children covered by Medicaid, reports The Texas Tribune.

PCAST: How the government can advance R&D in health technology

In an assessment of the state of research and development in IT in the United States, a new report gives recommendations for refreshed R&D investment and coordination -- including in the healthcare technology realm.

Life sciences team to split from Google X, form separate company under Alphabet

Alphabet's life sciences team, which has been in charge of development of a smart contact lens, among other innovations, will split from Google's X lab and become its own entity under the new holding company.

OIG to VA: Online collaboration tool an insecure time-waster

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General has chastised the VA for the improper use of the use of the Yammer social network, according to a recent report.

Chronic disease, elderly patients to fuel growth of home health technologies market

Increased use of remote medical consultations to improve healthcare for chronic disease and elderly patients, particularly as cost models shift in the industry, will fuel steady growth of the global home health technologies market, according to a new report.

AHRQ director: We continue 'to make substantial investments in research' on health IT

While the future of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality remains unclear after draft congressional spending bills for 2016 proposed eliminating funding for the agency, director Richard Kronick, Ph.D, touted the work the organization does in healthcare and health IT in an interview.

John Halamka: 3 areas healthcare should address in 2016

It's already almost time to plan for a new year, and as 2015 heads toward its final stretch, stakeholders in the healthcare industry already are looking at what areas to focus on in 2016.

How the role of CISO in healthcare will mature

The role of chief information security officer will continue to mature, and has already seen great change as people in the position move to a more risk-based approach to tackling security challenges.

Study calls for more education about Blue Button

Blue Button can improve information-sharing between providers, but patients need more education about how it can boost care coordination, according to a study published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research.

Health breach lawsuit dismissals could prove relevant to similar cases

An appellate court's decision to uphold a pair of class-action lawsuit dismissals related to a 2013 hospital data breach could prove relevant to similar current lawsuits.

Intel sets sites on personalized treatment plans with Collaborative Cancer Cloud

With an eye on creating personalized treatment plans for patients in one day, Intel is creating a new program with the help of Oregon Health & Science University and other universities in Massachusetts and Texas.

Data integration a struggle for health and human service agencies

Health and human service agencies across the country find data integration to be one of the biggest challenges they face, according to a new report.

Hospitals face readmissions head on with help from health IT [Special Report]

From the minute a patient is admitted to the hospital and for months after he or she leaves, providers are committed to ensuring a return visit doesn't happen--and health IT is aiding in that effort.


In this special report, find out how provider organizations view technology's role in preventing readmissions, what programs they have under way to battle the problem and the challenges they face. Special Report

Data executives can help hospitals save lives, cut costs

According to recent research from the National Quality Forum, providers are struggling to make good use of their data. Challenges cited in the report include leveraging data for benchmarking and quality improvement and ensuring data are meaningful and clinically relevant.

All of those hurdles represent patient lives and money being left on the table. To that end, health systems would be wise to consider hiring a chief data officer.

FDA's infusion pump warning sends 'powerful message' on risk management

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's warning to healthcare organizations to stop using a line of infusion pumps because of cybersecurity flaws is only one of the regulatory developments affecting medical device makers and pharmaceutical firms, according to attorney Anna Spencer.