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Cyberthreats heavy on the minds of health provider, insurer technology execs

CIOs and chief information security officers must develop myriad innovations and approaches to outwit "the wolves at their cyberdoor," according to the 2015 IT Priorities Survey by Protiviti, a risk and business consulting firm.

PCORnet project to engage health systems

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced $5 million in funding for a project to demonstrate the ability of its "network of networks," known as PCORnet, to engage health system leaders and clinicians to conduct relevant research.

States team up to investigate Premera breach

Insurance commissioners from Washington state, Oregon and Alaska are joining together to investigate the cyberattack that compromised the information of 11 million Premera customers.

Data sharing, information technology key to new White House care initiative

Information technology and the interoperability of electronic patient data will be critical components to President Barack Obama's new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network initiative, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said at a kickoff event for the effort on Wednesday.

The role of artificial intelligence in personalized medicine

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are using artificial intelligence in their quest to provide individualized treatments, according to a Computerworld article.

Joseph Kvedar: 3 signs of growing interest in connected health

Leaders in healthcare show a growing interest in adopting connected health, thanks in part to a "fear of missing out" on innovation, Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., director for the Center for Connected Health, writes at his blog.

How health technology is like auto insurance

Investing in healthcare technology innovation might do more to reduce health risks than providing more people with health insurance, according to a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Why clinical queries make physicians smarter

The industry can use electronic health records to create a nationwide query system to educate physicians about unusual conditions and treatments, according to John Sotos, M.D., in a post for The Wall Street Journal. 

The disturbing truth behind the Premera, Anthem attacks

As details continue to emerge following the recent hack attacks on payers Anthem and Premera--in which information for close to 90 million consumers combined may have been put at risk--perhaps the most disturbing revelation of all is that, in both instances, neither entity appears to truly take security seriously.

NIH announces new hubs as part of REACH program

Three new hubs have been chosen by the National Institutes of Health to create new tools to improve patient care.

How researchers cut cost, complexity for multi-site hospital studies

Virtualization technology was found to overcome some of the cost and complexity issues involved in sharing data in multi-site research networks, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Telehealth helps providers reach children with ADHD

Telehealth services can be used to help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who live in areas where there isn't easy access to care, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The biggest IT barriers to push for Precision Medicine

President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine initiative hinges on gathering data from millions of individuals, but there are challenges the healthcare industry will face when it comes to collecting that information, says Niam Yaraghi, a fellow in the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.

Sue Schade: 4 traits of hospitals with a 'security culture'

A key piece of any healthcare organization's IT security program has to include creating a security culture, according to Sue Schade, chief information officer at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

Why health insurers are an enticing hack target [Q&A]

In the wake of the recent Premera data breach, in which information for roughly 11 million consumers was compromised, legal and financial fallout looms large both from the company's perspective and a consumer perspective, according to Ken Dort, a partner at national law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath's intellectual property practice group.

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg invests in health data effort

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with the help of the Australian government, is launching a $100 million, four-year data effort in 20 African, Southeast Asian and Latin American countries to help them better understand causes of death.

Patient-centered medical homes need better IT tools

To serve patient-centered medical homes, health IT needs to evolve from digitized patient record repositories into interoperable electronic collaboration platforms to further care coordination, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Researchers found that individuals developed workarounds to make up for the functionality that their IT systems lack.

California hopes open data can address health system gaps

To improve healthcare delivery through data, public health officials in California are collaborating on an open data movement.

Health IT changes in proposed SGR fix

Identical bills submitted in the House and Senate to fix the Sustainable Growth Rate formula have strong health IT implications, including a deadline for EHR interoperability. 

Healthcare CEOs come out in support of New York's HIE

This week a group of about 80 healthcare chief executive officers sent a note to the New York State Legislator in support of funds requested by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the statewide health information exchange.