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Four ways data helps Minnesota's health department cut costs

Using data from readmissions, emergency department use and hospital admissions, the Minnesota Department of Public Health is finding room for improvement when it comes to cutting costs.

Pentagon to announce DHMSM contract winner this week

The Department of Defense is poised to announce the winner of its electronic health record system contract this week.

Athenahealth CEO predicts 'healthcare Internet' in five years

Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush foresees a "healthcare Internet" in place within five years.

How free mapping tools can shield docs from ICD-10 pain

While hospitals and other healthcare organizations have spent millions on consultants to help them transition to ICD-10, health IT developers have spurned the opportunity to insulate clinicians from having to deal with the administrative codes, according to former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider.

Online education to help meet need for sophisticated health IT workforce

There is increasing need for sophisticated technology workers in the industry, and education is one way to meet that need, according to Health and Human Services Department employees Michelle Washko and Jon White.

American Well 'exchanges' to connect patients immediately with providers

Patients will soon be able to use American Well services to find physicians immediately available for an online consultation or in-office appointment.

Bill Frist: Federal, state changes needed to advance telemedicine

Telemedicine offers the potential to address the access, cost and quality problems in the U.S. healthcare system, but requires change at the federal and state levels to do so, according to Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Health records a sticking point in debate over national data breach notification standards

Health records appear to be a big factor in why proposed data breach notification legislation has stalled.

Panel: Despite health industry advances, education remains in 'Dark Ages'

Healthcare education is still "back in the Dark Ages," and as new advances in information and technology change the industry, the way the workforce learns and is educated also needs a reboot, according to panelists attending STEMHealth's forum "Moving at the Speed of Healthcare."

How telemedicine partnerships can reduce hospital readmissions

Telemedicine systems, including remote presence technology, have evolved over the years from stationary workstations to mobile carts to the latest "robotic" units that self-propel themselves down our hospital corridors without a driver, according to preprogrammed GPS instructions.

Researchers: Widespread industry support key to success of health IT safety efforts

While the newly proposed Health IT Safety Center Roadmap for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT represents progress in terms of improving the implementation and use of tools within healthcare, strong, multistakeholder support will be necessary to ensure the industry stays on the right path, say researchers Dean Sittig and Hardeep Singh.

Health IT could be a boon for U.S. exports

Health IT offers substantial potential for U.S. companies to increase exports, according to a new report released this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

UCLA Health faces class-action lawsuit after breach

The breach at UCLA Health, announced last week, already has prompted a proposed class-action lawsuit.

How data is the cornerstone of population health management [Special Report]

Population health management has the power to transform healthcare, but that won't happen without robust data and use of analytics.

 

In this exclusive special report, FierceHealthIT takes a look at how data is impacting population health initiatives at these organizations, challenges the tsunami of data in healthcare brings with it and what the future of population health looks like. Report

E-health feedback loop helps diabetics boost outcomes

The use of telehealth remote monitoring as part of a eHealth larger feedback loop for diabetics led to vastly improved A1c levels compared with patients who did not use the technology, according to research published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Massive funding increase fuels expansion of PCORI 'network of networks'

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced new funding of nearly $142.5 million to expand its national "network of networks" known as PCORnet to advance patient-centered clinical research.

Mass General plans to debut telemedicine service for second opinions this fall

Come fall, Massachusetts General Hospital will allow patients to seek second opinions through an online medicine service.

C-suite execs often see CISOs as cybersecurity scapegoats

Almost half of C-level executives throughout all industries lack confidence in their chief information security officer (CISO), often viewing him or her as a scapegoat when data breaches occur, according to a recent survey.

Risk management for ICD-10: 3 areas worth provider focus

With the deadline to transition to ICD-10 rapidly approaching, providers must continue efforts to ensure the code set switch goes smoothly.

Hospital set to unveil robotic doctor to streamline remote consults

Patients at Cornerstone Hospital Medical Center in Houston may soon be helped by a doctor named Bentley, who's not made of flesh and bone, but wires and metal.