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Health IT to help fight negative health impacts of climate change

The White House is turning to data and the innovative power of both individuals and tech companies to prepare health systems in the U.S. for changes global warming will bring.

HIMSS15: Cybersecurity must be faced by industry head on

Less than a quarter of the way through 2015, tens of millions of healthcare consumers already have seen their personal information compromised--the most notable hacks so far being on health insurance...

HIMSS15: Embracing innovation to improve care outcomes

There currently are many efforts in healthcare to support and advance innovation. For instance, the Bipartisan Policy Center is working on a program to support innovation in healthcare. Its...

Get social at HIMSS15

Are your thumbs ready? One of the biggest health IT conferences of the year is almost here, and social media will be one of the go-to places to hear about the most exciting news that comes out of the...

HIMSS15: Can interoperability go from idea to reality?

Interoperability is one of those words you can't avoid if you work in the health IT industry, and its use is only going to grow as 2015 wears on. It's a controversial topic, with most...

FierceHealthcare can connect you with qualified job candidates

Finding qualified job candidates in this fast-changing healthcare industry is never an easy task. So why not shift some of the burden onto us? With 150,000 email subscribers throughout healthcare,...

HIMSS15: George W. Bush, Karen DeSalvo headline keynote speakers

In April 2004, President George W. Bush, through an Executive Order, created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT with a goal of widespread use of electronic health records within 10 years.

HIMSS15: Meaningful discussions on Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use Stage 3 conversations already are in full swing since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' announcement of the proposed rule last month. For instance, many in the provider industry have expressed apprehension about some of the objectives and measures in the rule, such as those pertaining to increased patient engagement.

Cleveland Clinic business development branch opens product marketplace

Cleveland Clinic Innovations is opening up an online marketplace for digital health products.

HIMSS15: Don't underestimate the value of accountability

Looking ahead to next week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference in Chicago, several topics have the potential to grab headlines, including: The reactions...

Mayo Clinic survey: Few patients have experience with video calls

Patients support use of telehealth from home via videoconferencing, but hurdles such as the consumer's age and distance from a clinic remain, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

4 tips for effective PHI disclosure

An enterprise-wide protected health information disclosure management strategy has helped East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana, to standardize the process, streamline workflow and reduce the time to fill requests to three days, according to an article published this month in the Journal of AHIMA.

Poor communication tech negatively affects population health management

More than 70 percent of healthcare providers say ineffective communication technology wastes valuable time, according to a recent survey.

Healthcare cybersecurity info sharing still a work in progress

While President Barack Obama issued an executive order to use information sharing and analysis organizations to boost cybersecurity awareness and coordination between private entities and the government, those efforts need more development before they provide useful information, according to an article at The Wall Street Journal.

False-positive mammograms, overdiagnosis could cost US $4B a year

The costs of false-positive mammograms and overdiagnoses of breast cancer could be about $4 billion a year, according to a new study published this month in Health Affairs.

Healthcare broadband program participation lags

Better access to broadband to improve healthcare has been a goal of federal efforts to close the "connectivity gap" between rural and urban areas, but participation has been low, according to a Health Affairs Blog post that urges changes in the Rural Health Care Program.

WEDI: Interoperability roadmap must 'better reflect' health IT realities

In response to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange conducted a survey on information exchange efforts and sent a comment letter to the agency on the results.

Health IT sees drop in VC funding

Venture capital funding for healthcare technology has dropped so far this year, compared to a record-breaking 2014, according to two newly released reports.

Hospitals, CIOs call for increased patient identifier action in interoperability roadmap

Hospitals and health system CIOs both stressed the need for patient identifiers in comments sent late last week to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on its draft roadmap.

HITRUST to conduct study on cybersecurity in healthcare

In an effort to look at the severity of cyberthreats in healthcare, HITRUST will perform a comprehensive study to better understand the magnitude and reasons behind attacks on the industry