Culture change key to successful patient engagement, say providers, innovators

Successful patient engagement by provider organizations is as much about culture change as updated technology, according to stakeholders speaking last week at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's annual consumer summit in the District of Columbia.

Prescriptions may soon be made using algorithms

Some trends set to come in healthcare will include the ability for health data to be autopopulated, prescriptions based on algorithms and big brands controlling precision medicine, according to Scanadu CEO Walter De Brouwer.

Look beyond healthcare industry for patient engagement inspiration

In an effort to improve patient engagement, providers may benefit from looking for inspiration beyond U.S. healthcare, or even the industry altogether.

Why Teladoc could be on shaky ground

Teladoc shares fell last week after a report that Highmark is now renewing its contract with the telemedicine company.

3 growth areas for patient engagement in healthcare

Patient engagement has been one of the key trends in healthcare and health IT in 2015 and a new Deloitte survey examines where engagement is growing the most and what it means for the industry.

Precision Medicine Initiative's security, privacy challenges

President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative poses security and privacy issues, but they're not all new challenges, Kirk Nahra, partner at the law firm Wiley Rein LLP, says in an interview at

ONC to develop patient-generated health data policy framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will develop a policy framework for identifying best practices, gaps and opportunities for the use of patient-generated health data in research and care delivery through 2024, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo announced Thursday.

Hospitals tout success on Day 1 of ICD-10 transition

Day 1 of ICD-10 use was a relative success, according to several hospital IT and information management leaders who spoke to FierceHealthIT.

Healthcare cybersecurity preparedness: Why it must start at the top

Too often, security is seen as a technology rather than an initiative that should start at the top, according to a new report.

NIH to award $38 million more in BRAIN Initiative grants

In a second wave of funding this year, the National Institutes of Health will be awarding $38 million more to projects as part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative.

Mercy Health takes telemedicine farther with virtual facility

Healthcare organizations are continuing to take telemedicine to the next level. Case in point: Mercy Hospital's new virtual telemedicine facility.

VA OIG: Palo Alto Healthcare System vendor partnership put patient data at risk

The Palo Alto VA Healthcare System put patient health information at risk during a pilot program with an outside vendor meant to improve its IT capabilities, according to a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General.

WEDI to keep ICD-10 issue reporting tool live post-Oct. 1; CMS will monitor switch in real time

ICD-10 D-Day is here, and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange says its searchable ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database will be available after the transition.


Stakeholders' proposal lifts restrictions on telemedicine coverage for Medicare beneficiaries

Stakeholders across the healthcare industry joined together to ask Senate lawmakers for support of a proposal that would lift "outdated restrictions" on use and reimbursement of telemedicine services for Medicare patients.

HHS info system to help healthcare stakeholders prepare for disasters

A new information system set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help healthcare stakeholders prepare for and manage impacts of disasters in the U.S.

Why constant communication will be vital to post-ICD-10 transition success

Continuous communication and education, particularly for coders, will be key to ensuring a successful transition to ICD-10, according to various stakeholders speaking this week at the American Healthcare Information Management Association's annual meeting in New Orleans.

Providers mull adoption of speech recognition tools

The use of speech recognition in healthcare is growing, with about 30 percent of providers considering adopting the tech.

Kathy Giusti: Lack of interoperability impedes precision medicine efforts

Precision medicine relies on patients being able to have easy access to their health data, but in the industry today that's easier said than done, according to Kathy Giusti, founder and executive chair of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Reports slam OCR's poor oversight of HIPAA covered entities, breach followup efforts

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights needs to improve both its oversight of HIPAA covered entities and its followup on reported breaches, according to a pair of reports from the Office of the Inspector General.

Thousands of critical medical devices open to attack

Medical devices used by healthcare organizations are vulnerable to attack and left exposed online--thousands of them, according to security researchers.