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In wake of CMS departure, Tavenner praised for 'steady hand'

In the wake of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner's recently announced resignation, several healthcare organizations are praising her work at the agency, much of which focused on innovation in the industry.

Health execs expect to see population health ROI within four years

A majority of healthcare executives foresee a return on investment in population health management programs within three to four years, according to a survey by KPMG.

Privacy experts decry delay of HIPAA audits

With no start date set for the next round of HIPAA audits, some worry that it could be like "the boy who cried wolf."

Texas prisons turn to telemedicine to reduce costs

Telemedicine is not only revolutionizing how people receive healthcare at home, but it also is being used in a wide array of locations--including prisons.

FDA draft guidance tackles regulation of general wellness devices, medical device accessories

Draft guidance documents published Friday morning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in compliance with actions outlined in its FDASIA Health IT Report, propose both to regulate medical device accessories based on risks they present when used as intended with their parent devices and not regulate products intended only for general wellness.

Royal Philips, MIT use telehealth data to research critical care

Royal Philips and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are teaming up in an effort to use big data to take a more comprehensive look at critical care.

How a computer model may predict reaction to disease outbreaks

When a disease outbreak occurs, often the panic that ensues is worse than the disease itself. To that end, a team of researchers has come up with a computer model to forecast overreactions.

Survey: Patients want providers to offer digital services

Patients increasingly are looking for healthcare providers that offer digital services, but many still fail to do so, according to a recent survey.

Why HIT doesn't ensure better care coordination

Doctors who use EHRs are only slightly more likely than those who don't to receive the patient information they need for coordinated care, according to research from AHRQ researchers who surveyed 4,500 office-based physicians. They found that roughly 33 percent used an EHR system and shared patient health information electronically.

IOM framework to further data-sharing for clinical trials

A multi-stakeholder effort is necessary to create the culture, infrastructure and policies needed to further responsible data-sharing for clinical trials, an Institute of Medicine report finds.

FSMB head: Efficient, interoperable technology necessary for telemedicine success

Current healthcare technology must be more efficient and interoperable for telemedicine to truly become ubiquitous, according to Humayun Chaudhry, president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards.

HITRUST forms working group to advance healthcare security

A working group is being formed by the Health Information Trust Alliance to further its mission to improve security in the healthcare industry.

Virtual care requires reliable, effective infrastructure

With the increasing popularity of telehealth services, providers need to ensure they have the proper technology in place to make those services productive, according to Harry Wang, director of health and mobile product research at Park Associates.

Health IT VC funding more than doubles in 2014

Healthcare technology had a great year for venture capital funding in 2014, more than doubling its 2013 total, according to Mercom Capital Group.

HITRUST supports White House proposal on cyberthreat info sharing

As hospitals and healthcare systems struggle to thwart the increasing number of cyberattacks, the sharing of information is becoming a key tool in the fight, and the White House is taking steps to boost that.

OCR: Protocol for next round of HIPAA audits still in the works

A new year means a new round of HIPAA audits--at some point.

4 reasons telemedicine will trend upward in 2015

Consumers are excited about telehealth and providers have the financial incentive and technology to make it a reality, according to Skip Fleshman, a partner at Asset Management Ventures.

ECRI: Telehealth, Google Glass among health tech to watch in 2015

Telehealth and Google Glass are among 10 healthcare technologies to watch in 2015, according to the ECRI Institute's latest Hospital C-Suite Watch List.

CES 2015: What health innovations caught your eye?

Much of the tone regarding healthcare at this year's international Consumer Electronics Show focused on ensuring the safety of consumer data shared via wearable devices and other technologies, with both HIMSS (via its Personal Connected Health Alliance) and the Federal Trade Commission speaking out about looming privacy risks.

Still, that didn't take away from the bevy of innovative new tools on display in Las Vegas last week.

Researchers: Health info on hospital websites imbalanced

While the majority of patients turn to hospital websites to learn about healthcare, that information oftentimes is imbalanced, according to researchers publishing a commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine.