Rock Health: Digital health funding in first quarter up 87% from Q1 2013

Digital health funding in the first quarter of 2014 broke yet another record, with nearly $700 million pouring into the space, according to San Francisco-based digital health startup seed fund Rock Health.

IOM: Put social, behavioral data in EHRs

Social and behavioral health information should be included in electronic health records to give care providers the most complete patient data about the patient, the Institute of Medicine says in a...

As Windows XP security updates cease, what's next for healthcare providers?

Microsoft, on Tuesday, ended Windows XP security patches, no longer offering end-user support for organizations using the operating system, and possibly leaving systems vulnerable to breaches and attacks. So what does this mean for health IT professionals who still have Windows XP systems installed at their organizations?

How clinical data use benefits from academic-industry partnerships

As the use of electronic clinical data in care delivery increases, so, too, will carefully considered collaborations by academic institutions and health industry players, according to a recently published viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association. And despite skeptics' concerns about compromised results due to potentially distorted data, ensuring industry involvement in such efforts is not only beneficial to both sides, but also should be considered necessary, the authors say.

What's keeping telemedicine from reaching its potential?

Payment procedures must be figured out and more doctors and hospitals must be persuaded to offer telemedicine before telemedicine's potential can truly be met, according to Robin Farmanfarmaian, a founder of Silicon Valley's technology and humanities-focused Singularity University.

Query Health pilots boost population health data exchange

Three pilot projects have illustrated the potential of the Query Health initiative to handle population-level health queries across diverse clinical systems, according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched the initiative, a public-private partnership, in 2011 to develop standards and services to enable distributed, secure, standards-based population health measurement.

Why interconnectivity is vital to hospital CIO success

Pamela Dixon and Steve Nilsen, of recruiting firm SSi-Search, recently offered up tips for how hospital CIOs can lead effectively and dynamically.

Telehealth framework goes beyond just tech

A framework for evaluating telehealth programs must consider socioeconomic aspects--not just the technological--argue researchers in an article published online in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Trio of health data breaches rocks California patients

Three major data breaches rocking the state of California made headlines recently--one involving a computer infected with malicious software, one involving a former employee's illegal access and one involving theft of medical data from a contractor's office.

Study: Readmission-prediction software not ready to go solo

An automated method of identifying potentially preventable readmissions failed to prove accurate enough for it to replace manual review in a recent Kaiser Permanente study.

Is the health IT market on the brink of a bubble?

Two health IT companies that did particularly well in their initial public offerings (IPO)--IMS Health and Castlight Health highlight a booming sector. But could it all burst?

Failed joint EHR project still drawing heat from House defense panel

Lawmakers continue to berate the Department of Defense for its failure to produce an interoperable electronic health records system with the Department of Veterans Affairs--despite spending more than...

FDA, ONC officials reiterate focus of health IT framework

Details and official dates are still mum, and plenty of questions remain, but federal employees gave some detail on the long-awaited new report that creates a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT in a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

GAO report: CMS, VA need better breach response

Federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--continue to struggle with information security and need to improve their response to data breaches, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report.

ATA's tele-ICU guidelines aim to ensure patient safety

Draft guidance published by the American Telemedicine Association this week focuses on the use of telecommunications technologies in intensive care settings.

HHS publishes FDASIA framework for health IT

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, on Thursday, published the long-awaited proposed strategy and recommendations for a health IT risk-based framework mandated by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

Healthcare leaders boast higher digital IQ than most

Though technology is a top priority for executives around the globe, only one in five companies claim an excellent "digital IQ"--and healthcare execs are leading the pack, according to PriceWaterhouseCooper's sixth annual survey.

Brain atlas aims to find causes of autism, schizophrenia

A comprehensive three-dimensional atlas of the developing human brain that incorporates gene activity and other data is outlined this week in the journal Nature.

Heart failure patients open to tech but prefer docs to manage condition

While technology provides the opportunity for heart failure patients to more actively manage their symptoms, patients still look to their doctors for guidance in doing so, according to a small study...

Obama signs doc fix, ICD-10 delay into law

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed H.R. 4302, which was just passed through the Senate Monday, implementing a 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula that will prevent deep Medicare payment cuts for physicians and delaying ICD-10 until at least October 1, 2015.