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Court prevents HIE contractor from destroying data

A federal court in Illinois has ruled against a health information exchange contractor that had planned to destroy patient data as it goes out of business, according to Law360.

Don't ignore data management when setting sights on new initiatives

It is imperative for healthcare organizations to ensure that their provider data is well-managed, even as sights are set on new initiatives, Julie A. Dooling, senior consultant at Just Associates Inc., writes at the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

What healthcare can learn from Minecraft for care coordination

Making healthcare systems more like the video game Minecraft could help to improve coordination of care, but exclusion of patients from decision-making, the billing process and implemenataion of unique systems get in the way.

CMS shares IT requirements for CPC+ program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on a webinar Thursday, laid out IT requirements for practices and vendors looking to participate in the agency's Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, announced earlier this month.

Maine becomes second state to require e-prescribing of controlled substances

Maine now requires e-prescribing of all controlled substances, a move that comes a month after New York became the first state to do so.

CHIME to FDA: Collaboration on med device security between vendors, providers critical

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives lauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its work on medical device cybersecurity in a recent letter, but also says that increased collaboration between manufacturers and providers is critical.

Use of data to improve care could draw more women to HIT leadership

The number of women in top health IT roles is growing, and the use of data to improve clinical care could help lure more women to the field, according to Health Data Management.

Machine learning can help detect presence of cancer, improve public health reporting

To support public health reporting, the use of computers and machine learning can better help with access to unstructured clinical data--including in cancer case detection, according to a recent study. 

ICIT: Endpoint security crucial to ransomware protection

Endpoint security, while not a "sliver bullet solution" to cybersecurity issues in healthcare and other industries, is a vital component to any multi-layered protection strategy, according to a brief published by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.

Hackers hit vendor of Patient Treatment Centers of America, gain access to data for 19K patients

A hacker hit data servers run by a vendor used by Patient Treatment Centers of America and Interventional Surgery Institute, accessing records of patients at the healthcare facilities, according to a HIPAA security notice.

Orthopaedic clinic to pay $750K HIPAA fine after failing to make BA agreement

An orthopaedic clinic must pay $750,000 after a potential HIPAA violation in which it gave protected health information to a third party without a business associate agreement in place.

Why security requires a data-driven approach

Healthcare organizations must take a data-driven approach when it comes to security efforts, David Severski, manager of the information security program at Seattle Children's Hospital, tells Healthcare IT News.

States' diverging telehealth policies cause for confusion

Washington state now covers store-and-forward remote monitoring, while Oklahoma has stopped reimbursing for such services--both clear examples of states' diverging policy directions when it comes to telemedicine, according to a recent report.

Karen DeSalvo steps down as chair of HIT Policy Committee; AMA's Kathleen Blake to serve as co-chair

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo will no longer serve as co-chair of ONC's Health IT Policy Committee.

Christiana Care's Terri Steinberg: Analytics vital to successful population health

For Christiana Care CHIO Terri Steinberg, the key to successful population health management is balance in three areas: people to run the program, analytics to offer real-time updates and a robust electronic health record system. Without one area stabilized, the others are likely to falter.

WEDI: Seamless data exchange key to closing patient care gaps

Gaps in patient care will persist until patient health data can be shared between providers, and not closing such gaps "contributes to adverse patient outcomes and inappropriate care," according to a report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

Report: Providers must adopt sophisticated tech, stronger policies to prevent duplicate patient records

To improve patient identification matching and lessen the chance of errors, more sophisticated technology will be necessary, according to healthcare experts, but human error will never be fully eliminated.

Healthcare No. 1 target for cyberattacks in 2015

Healthcare hit the No 1. spot for cyberattacks last year, though no industry was immune from such incidents, according to an IBM cybersecurity report.

Radiologists less optimistic about virtual consult workflow than referring physicians

While virtual consultations (VC) with radiologists were seen as a boon to patient care by referring physicians at NYU Langone Medical Center in a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the feeling was not exactly mutual for radiologists.

Anthropology background a boon for Susannah Fox in role as HHS CTO

Susannah Fox, chief technology officer for the Health and Human Services Department, is not a technologist, but an anthropologist--and that makes her a great pick for the job, Dave Chase, CEO and founder of health IT company Avado, writes in a contributed piece to Forbes.