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Atul Gawande: Simple steps, not tech, will improve healthcare

Health technology often is touted as being the catalyst to better healthcare, but surgeon Atul Gawande says the real change lies in simpler things--such as asking better questions and making clinicians wash their hands.

State licensure problems plague telemedicine

Obtaining state medical licenses is a time consuming process and a big barrier to the use of telemedicine across state lines, and according to the authors of a new report, the time to find a solution is now.

NIH head: Technology will help drive Precision Medicine Initiative

The path forward for the Precision Medicine Initiative that President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union speech in some respects has yet to be invented, but the time is right for this bold step, writes Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a perspective article for The New England Journal of Medicine.

How health IT is shifting patient-doctor relationships

The relationship between Google and Mayo Clinic to provide better health information online for consumers has the power to create a "true paradigm change" in the industry, according to health IT consultant Michael Millenson.

PHI breaches up 25 percent in 2014

Breaches of protected health information increased more than 25 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to a new analysis published this week.

CMS: 81 percent of initial ICD-10 test claims accepted

Of nearly 15,000 test claims received by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for the first round of end-to-end ICD-10 testing, 81 percent were accepted, according to statistics revealed by the agency Wednesday.

VA looks to boost cybersecurity funding by $24M

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for $180 million in its fiscal 2016 budget request to boost its cybersecurity efforts.

Anthem releases hack numbers by state; 78.8 million consumers impacted overall

More exact numbers are in for the cybersecurity attack on health insurance company Anthem, with 78.8 million people impacted, including 60 million-70 million of Anthem's customers.

Are you ready for the e-health invasion?

By Jonathan H. Burroughs Disruptive innovation may be described as the introduction of a new technology or paradigm that while not as good as the original, provides easier, lower cost accessibility...

Cybersecurity: How health execs handle growing privacy threat [Special Report]

​Cybersecurity in healthcare is easier said than done. In this special report, FierceHealthIT examines what providers and payers currently are doing to prevent data breaches, as well as what they should be doing. We also speak to attorneys and patient advocates to gain a better understanding of the cybersecurity challenges that lie ahead. Full report

Data-sharing fees: A healthcare reform-killer?

The fees associated with sharing patient data threaten to thwart the $30 billion federal push to move the healthcare industry to electronic records--and it could require Congress to step in to change things.

Execs must close gaps and engage CIOs

Chief information officers are often not involved with shaping a company's strategic agenda, and confidence has lessened when it comes to IT's ability to support business goals, according to a survey published this month by McKinsey & Company.

Telemedicine helps hospital move patient care from 'Blockbuster to Netflix'

Healthcare in the U.S. needs to "change its DNA" and usher in consumer technology, according to Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals CEO Stephen Klasko, M.D.

Lucia Savage: We can do a better job explaining federal data exchange efforts

The challenges of allowing for exchange of patient data while ensuring proper consent for information sharing from patients was the bulk of discussion during a meeting of privacy and security advisers to the Office of the National Coordinator Monday afternoon.

Xerox system for Medi-Cal may see delays

Xerox's case management computer system for California's Medi-Cal program may be running into difficulties.

Report outlines plan to implement med device surveillance system

A new report lays out a seven-year, $250 million proposal to study and launch the National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioned the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, which wrote the report, to oversee the Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Planning Board.

Hospital officials among notable IT leaders for 2015

Among the 100 top IT leaders named in Computerworld's Class of 2015 Yearbook, five are involved in the healthcare industry, including four hospital officials.

Med identity theft continues to rise

Medical identity theft incidents rose more than 20 percent in fiscal year 2014 compared to the year prior, according to a recently released survey by the Ponemon Institute.

Cybersecurity focus by HHS, other federal agencies 'abysmal'

A new study from The Brookings Institution slams federal agencies for doing a poor job of making cybersecurity part of their strategic plans.

Health systems must pay 'ICD-10 piper'

When healthcare systems bring on new providers, they must now "pay the ICD-10 piper," according to Linda Reed R.N., vice president and CIO at Morristown, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System.