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Global telemedicine technology market to hit $43 billion by 2019

Spurred by drastic growth in "telehome" technology adoption, the global telemedicine tools market will likely reach $43.4 billion within five years, according to a new report published by Wellesley, Massachusetts-based BCC Research.

University of Utah uses software to drive quality improvement

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center touts success with a value-improvement framework that uses software to assess direct costs of patient care as part of quality improvement efforts. It discusses the experience in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

CHIME, HL7 applaud ONC road map, JASON task force recommendations

Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as step in the right direction. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program focuses on how data can improve health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is setting its sights on improving healthcare through data and information.

Q3 sees drop in VC health IT funding, but rise in number of deals

The amount venture capital funds in healthcare IT raised in the third quarter of 2014 slowed from the record breaking numbers hit in Q2, but saw a record number of deals.

CMS to invest $114 million to boost rural ACOs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making $114 million available to encourage Accountable Care Organizations in rural and underserved areas to take on greater financial risk.

Federal advisers share comments, concerns about draft interoperability road map

In presenting an updated version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's draft interoperability road map to a joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Standards committees on Wednesday, Erica Galvez, ONC's interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, made clear that many efforts going forward will be about balance and tradeoffs.

Research data warehouse project shows promise, but issues remain

Health researchers highlight some vital lessons from building a data warehouse to help care for safety net populations in a paper at eGEMS. The Community Health Applied Research Network, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, organized 18 community health centers (CHCs) into four research nodes, each with an academic partner, aimed at furthering patient-centered outcomes research.

Digital health revolution 'has failed'

While the health industry is thriving, the digital health revolution has failed, according to Anna McCollister-Slipp, co-founder of Galileo Analytics and member of the judging panel for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.

ICD-10 would help US better track Ebola

If Congress had not pushed back the deadline for implementing ICD-10 last spring, the United States now would have a specific code for tracking Ebola, according to an infographic from the Coalition for ICD-10 published at HIT Consultant.

Hospital CIOs rarely make leap to CEO

When it comes to moving up the ranks, chief information officers rarely climb the rungs to becoming CEOs.

If Google walks and acts like a healthcare company...

For a company whose founders claim they have no interest in healthcare, Google certainly has a lot of irons in that particular fire.

OCR scrutiny expected for use of PHI for marketing

Attorney Brad Rostolsky expects the Office for Civil Rights to expand HIPAA enforcement to areas including inappropriate sale of protected health information for marketing.

ONC interoperability road map draft outlines governance, certification standards goals

An updated draft version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 10-year road map to interoperability, published online late Monday, outlines goals for governance and certification standards and calls for "unprecedented collaboration" in ensuring that technology can seamlessly support the health of patients on a day-to-day basis.

Technology leads to growth of healthcare accelerators

A majority of healthcare accelerators are focused on digital health, according to a report from the California Healthcare Foundation.

HIMSS seeks specific guidance from NIST on cybersecurity framework

The healthcare industry needs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to get specific about how to implement its cybersecurity framework, HIMSS writes in a letter to NIST Acting Director Dr. Willie E. May.

Lucia Savage joins ONC as chief privacy officer

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Tuesday announced that Lucia Savage has been named the agency's new chief privacy officer.

Google tests video chats for health symptom searchers

Google, once again, is venturing into the health and wellness space, this time via video chats.

FDA's Schwartz: Devices without vendor support 'enormous challenge' for cybersecurity

Medical devices no longer supported by the manufacturer present "an enormous challenge," the FDA's Suzanne Schwartz, M.D., tells HealthcareInfoSecurity.com in an interview.

5 qualities of great hospital CIOs

Passion and balance are some of the keys to being a successful chief information officer, according to Stephanie Reel, vice president for information services at Baltimore-based John Hopkins Medicine.