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Parkland's digital facelift focuses on 'future-proofing'

Four years after announcing plans to build a brand new complex, Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital is on the verge of opening what's being described as "one of the first 'digital hospitals' in the United States."

ACOs' health IT capabilities remain rudimentary

Accountable Care Organizations have made little progress in improving their health IT capabilities in the past year, according to a new survey by the eHealth Initiative.

Pew Charitable Trusts: Poor EHR interoperability 'hinders' accurate med device assessments

Electronic health record interoperability and the incorporation of unique device identifiers (UDI) into electronic health data sources--including EHRs--are necessary for patient data registries and UDI systems to realize their potential, according to Josh Rising, director of medical devices for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Why telehealth adoption requires more than policy changes

Policy changes alone will not adequately spur the adoption of telehealth as a means to fulfill the Triple Aim of improving access and quality of care while decreasing costs, the Center for Connected Health Policy has concluded.

The pros and cons of big data in healthcare

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AHIMA establishes international workforce council to focus on training

The alignment and advancement of workforce training curriculum in health information management and health IT are the focus of a new international council established by the American Health Information Management Association.

Health IT 'underdeveloped' to manage complex care patients

When it comes to management of patients with complex, high-cost conditions, health IT and analytics efforts are "underdeveloped," according to researchers from Boston-based Partners HealthCare and the Commonwealth Fund.

3 keys to thrive as a hospital CIO in a changing industry

As the digital landscape of healthcare continues to change, so do the jobs of those in the industry--including the role of CIO.

Deloitte: Global eVisits to reach 100 million by year's end

This year could be the inflection point in adoption of eVisits as technological advances and pressures to reduce costs and improve care boost the option, according to a Deloitte report.

Telemedicine could save US employers $6 billion annually

Telemedicine may be a big boost to helping employers trim their bottom line, with new analysis saying the emerging technology could save U.S. companies hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in costs.

Med management market to pass $1.6 billion by 2019

In addition to government initiatives driving more accountability in patient care, concerns around lowering medication errors and adverse drug events are steadily increasing the value of the global market for medication management, according to a new report.

Telemedicine's role in the financial future of hospitals

Telemedicine is not only helping grant healthcare access to patients in rural areas, it is also becoming an essential part of the financial future for some hospitals.

Facilities turn to best practices to keep patient data secure in high-risk cases

When it comes to highly sensitive health situations, patients' privacy and security is a top concern. The recent spread of Ebola shows why healthcare organizations need to have plans in place.

Can drones improve healthcare in remote regions?

The World Health Organization and the government of Bhutan--a small South Asian nation in the Himalayas--are teaming up with a California technology startup to examine a new method for improving patient care efforts: Drones.

Why healthcare info governance must be 'proactively managed'

While working on Wall Street, Laura Zubulake dealt with information convergence and governance, later becoming a key player in landmark opinions on preservation of electronically stored information. In an interview published this week in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, Zubulake spoke about her experiences and how they translate to healthcare.

De-identification effective in maintaining patient privacy if done right

As hospitals and healthcare organizations adopt new ways to store and share data, privacy and security of the information is a top priority--and with that comes de-identification of data.

Security chops more valuable than business acumen in top HIT roles

In the push to beef up security in healthcare, it's better to focus on security skills over healthcare experience if it comes down to hard choices between the two in hiring executives, writes security expert and author Mansur Hasib.

Guidebook offers action plan to address alarm fatigue

The ECRI has issued a guidebook to help hospitals address what the institute has deemed a top health technology hazard, alarm fatigue.

4 recommendations to harness big data

The use of big data in healthcare poses unique challenges, according to a Brookings post that offers four recommendations.

Analysts on Cerner deal: Cost is high, but devil is in long-term details

While Cerner's megadeal to acquire Siemens' health IT portfolio for $1.3 billion was made with an eye on a future beyond Meaningful Use, it has vaulted the company ahead of rival Epic in terms of number of hospital clients, according to Chilmark Research Analyst John Moore.