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ONC task force recommends PMI addendum to Interoperability Roadmap

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should consider developing a Precision Medicine Initiative addendum to its Interoperability Roadmap, the agency's Precision Medicine Task Force recommended this week.

With end of ICD-10 grace period looming, docs must be mindful of code specificity

As the end of the first year under ICD-10 fast approaches, physicians who filed claims under the Medicare Part B physician fee schedule must be mindful that the end one-year grace period from post-payment reviews also looms.

HHS CTO Susannah Fox sees her role as an ambassador outside tech community

Part of the role of chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox says, is to be an ambassador outside of the tech community.

Telemedicine industry must embrace scrutiny to ensure quality

Research published earlier this week in JAMA Dermatology examining the accuracy and quality of services delivered by direct-to-consumer telemedicine companies caused quite a stir in the healthcare industry.

Tool uses real-time analytics to determine risk for violence in psychiatric patients

A new risk assessment tool that uses real-time analytics may help manage risk for violence in psychiatric patients.

Deven McGraw: HIPAA audits will require quick response

Covered entities in "desk audits" will be required to submit documentation within 10 business days, Deven McGraw, deputy director of health information privacy at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.

CHIME to lawmakers: Ransomware a subset of broader cybersecurity threat

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives would like lawmakers to look into incentivizing healthcare providers for demonstrating a "minimum level of cyberattack readiness," it said in a statement this week to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terror.

Entire healthcare industry has a role in freeing data

Everyone in the healthcare industry must have a hand in making health data accessible, which currently is "fragmented among insurers, providers, health record companies, government agencies and researchers," according to a post at Brookings.

Healthcare IT budgets expected to rise, but demands even more so

A majority of healthcare executives expect IT budgets to increase in the next two years, but doing more with less remains a major reality, according to a new survey.

World Privacy Forum questions adequacy of PMI privacy principles

The World Privacy Forum says privacy principles set forth for the Precision Medicine Initiative "lack detail and fail to address underlying legal requirements and protections." 

Wireless monitoring during labor offers patients more mobility, eases burden for nurses

A study of wireless monitoring of inpatient pregnant women yielded results similar to usual care, and both patients and nurses approved of the program, according to research published in Telemedicine and e-Health.

ATA16: Reduced heart failure readmissions stemmed from telehealth network participation, providers say

The reduction of readmission rates for heart failure patients is just one of the benefits touted by health system representatives of the Illinois Telehealth Network on Tuesday at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference in Minneapolis.

Inova Health's Patricia Mook: CNIOs must understand how different generations adapt to technology

Nurses are in a place where technology is changing how they do their jobs tremendously fast--and the divide between tech capabilities of different generations is a challenge, says Patricia Mook, chief nursing information officer at Falls Church, Virginia-based Inova Health System.

Researchers: Portals should be more personal, interactive

Patient portals need to provide more personalized, direct communication with providers and interactivity to fully engage patients, according to research published at the Journal of Internet Medical Research.

Indiana hospital hit by ransomware

Another health system has fallen victim to ransomware, this time in Indiana.

Mayo Clinic: Remote monitoring of low-risk pregnancies boosts patient satisfaction

Women with low-risk pregnancies reported improved satisfaction with a program called OB Nest that combined a reduced number of in-person prenatal visits with in-home monitoring, according to a presentation this week at the Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

VHA e-consult program for transgender patients a viable option to improve care

An e-consultation program created by the Veterans Health Administration to improve care for transgender patients is a viable option and complements other offerings within the VHA, according to a study published online this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

ATA16: Telemedicine must continue to evolve, ATA President-Elect James Peake says

Remote care remains an industry and a movement in flux, according to incoming American Telemedicine Association President James Peake.

ATA16: Telehealth helps Inova improve care access for stroke, behavioral health patients

Telehealth has been a boon for Inova Health System, particularly in the areas of neurosurgery and behavioral health, according to representatives from the Falls Church, Virginia-based provider who spoke Monday at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference in Minneapolis.

American Well to allow users to search for docs through online marketplace

Telehealth company American Well announced this week it will soon allow health plan users to choose from a menu of doctors through an online marketplace.