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FDA, ONC officials reiterate focus of health IT framework

Details and official dates are still mum, and plenty of questions remain, but federal employees gave some detail on the long-awaited new report that creates a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT in a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

GAO report: CMS, VA need better breach response

Federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--continue to struggle with information security and need to improve their response to data breaches, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report.

ATA's tele-ICU guidelines aim to ensure patient safety

Draft guidance published by the American Telemedicine Association this week focuses on the use of telecommunications technologies in intensive care settings.

HHS publishes FDASIA framework for health IT

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, on Thursday, published the long-awaited proposed strategy and recommendations for a health IT risk-based framework mandated by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

Healthcare leaders boast higher digital IQ than most

Though technology is a top priority for executives around the globe, only one in five companies claim an excellent "digital IQ"--and healthcare execs are leading the pack, according to PriceWaterhouseCooper's sixth annual survey.

Brain atlas aims to find causes of autism, schizophrenia

A comprehensive three-dimensional atlas of the developing human brain that incorporates gene activity and other data is outlined this week in the journal Nature.

Heart failure patients open to tech but prefer docs to manage condition

While technology provides the opportunity for heart failure patients to more actively manage their symptoms, patients still look to their doctors for guidance in doing so, according to a small study...

Obama signs doc fix, ICD-10 delay into law

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed H.R. 4302, which was just passed through the Senate Monday, implementing a 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula that will prevent deep Medicare payment cuts for physicians and delaying ICD-10 until at least October 1, 2015.

Study: 7 different federal definitions of telehealth

Federal efforts to define and advance telehealth are certainly a work in progress as nationwide and state-based laws are developed. A new study explores seven unique definitions of telehealth in current use across the U.S. government.

ICD-10 delay: How providers should respond

While it's clear that the ICD-10 deadline will be pushed back for the second time in nearly two years thanks to the inclusion of a delay in the latest sustainable growth rate patch legislation, what's not so clear is what comes next for both providers and payers. In a pair of recent posts, Deloitte Healthcare Provider Lead Mitch Morris and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka offer up a few suggestions.

VA touts gains of 44% in reducing claims backlog in past year

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week that it has reduced its claims backlog by about 44 percent to 344,000 claims from more than 611,000 last March.

Senate vote leaves 'unanswered questions' for ICD-10, critics say

Industry reaction to the Senate's passage of H.R. 4302 on Monday--which delays ICD-10 until at least Oct. 1, 2015, and provides a 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula that will prevent deep Medicare payment cuts for physicians--appears to trend against the decision, with many groups expressing "deep disappointment" with the vote.

Global healthcare IT market projected to hit $66 billion by 2020

The global healthcare IT market projected to hit $66 billion by 2020, driven by efforts to streamline critical workflow processes, according to a new report.

In response to the Senate's silence on ICD-10, a word about the delay

The importance of ICD-10 to legislators in the context of the sustainable growth rate patch was made abundantly clear by the number of mentions the implementation received in more than three hours...

New HHS interactive video aims to protect research subjects

The U.S. Department of Health & Human services has released a new interactive video aimed to better protect research subjects and reduce misconduct in clinical research, it announced this week....

Kentucky insurance exchange tech expert shares HIE's secrets to success

While states such as Oregon and Nevada continue to struggle with technology glitches in their state-run health insurance exchanges, Kentucky's Kynect exchange ranks among those hailed as...

ICD-10 delayed after SGR patch passes Senate

Implementation of ICD-10 will be delayed by at least one more year after the Senate voted, 64-35, Monday evening to approve a temporary, 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula that will prevent deep Medicare payment cuts.

Study: Tele-ICU tools worth the investment for hospitals

Despite the high cost of implementing telemedicine technology in intensive care units, hospitals could benefit more from such tools both financially and in terms of the quality of care delivered, according to research recently published online in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.

How one health system faces IT-driven challenges

Daniel Barchi, who's served as CIO at 2,300-bed Yale-New Haven Health System since 2010, says when he first started in his position, the system was not integrated and didn't operate together.

David Harlow: Evidence-based medicine's promise lies in data analyses

Everyone has a digital footprint as a patient, according to Boston-based health attorney and FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board member David Harlow. When that data is aggregated with the digital footprints of others, he says, it can be usable information.