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Why health attorneys must not dismiss the revised Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

Health lawyers should pay attention to a revised version of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act currently in the works, according to Indiana University law professor Nicolas Terry. 

UPMC teams with universities to develop data-based health innovations

Two Pittsburgh-area universities are teaming up with UPMC to revolutionize healthcare through big data.

Aetna CMO: UDIs in claims forms necessary to improve care

Transparency when it comes to doctors and hospitals tracking the devices that go into patients is necessary to improve quality and reduce costs, according to Harold Paz, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Aetna.

CIO Spotlight: Cybersecurity keeps Springhill's Mark Kilborn 'awake all night' [Q&A]

At Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, chief information officer Mark Kilborn has a lot to juggle--from cybersecurity to Meaningful Use attestation. But despite all of the 252-bed acute care hospital's projects, Kilborn cites the passion of his staff in helping patients as vital to the facility's success. 

New ED interoperability specification results from rigorous standards development

The new HL7 Data Elements for Emergency Department Systems specification identifies a common set of data elements in an effort to improve interoperability among EDs. It's the first set of ED-related data elements to undergo rigorous standards development, according to an article at Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

HITRUST creates framework for de-identification of data

The Health Information Trust Alliance has created a new framework based around de-identification of sensitive patient information, it announced this week.

Delaware HIE empowers patients to be 'partners in their own health'

HIE should stand for "Health Information Ecosystem," where all parties draw from and contribute to the network, according to Jan Lee, CEO of the Delaware Health Information Network.

Geisinger researchers share framework for putting a learning health system into practice

While the learning health system, so far, is largely theoretical, researchers with Geisinger Health System lay out a framework for making it a reality within the Danville, Pennsylvania-based organization in an article at eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Success of young hospital CIOs hinges on organizational knowledge

For younger chief information officers in hospital systems, getting to where they are now took dedication and gaining an understanding of all aspects of their healthcare system.

Regional culture impacts inappropriate imaging for prostate, breast cancer

In determining the level of use of healthcare imaging resources, research published this week in JAMA Oncology found that regional factors are of high importance. Being able to better understand those patterns, the study's authors said, could help make better use of healthcare programs.

Mount Sinai turns to telemedicine to cut ED use, readmissions

As reimbursement for telehealth care grows more ubiquitous, hospitals increasingly are taking advantage of the technology to improve patient care. Case in point, New York-based Mount Sinai Health System this week announced the launch of several telehealth initiatives to extend care beyond its walls.

23andMe to use customer data to develop its own medicine

Genetics startup 23andMe is going from providing genetic information to consumers and pharmaceutical companies to creating its own medicines.

Nurses: Med devices must be interoperable

Interoperability of medical devices could help reduce medical errors at hospitals, say a majority of nurses responding to a survey by Harris Poll. 

Access monitoring key to thwarting insider health security threats

West Virginia United Health System is taking an aggressive stance against inappropriate access of patient records, according to assistant chief information officer Mark Combs.

Karen DeSalvo: We must 'roll up data into big data' for population health management

With the expansion of health IT and electronic health records comes opportunity for the industry and country to take data and use it to better serve both the individual and populations throughout the U.S., National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo says in an interview at The Nation's Health.

HIT stakeholders: Technology critical to 'Next Generation' ACO models

Technology will play an integral role in deployment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "Next Generation Accountable Care Organization" model announced Tuesday, several health IT stakeholder organizations say.

CMS opposes plan for UDI on claim forms

At the same time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pressing "full steam ahead" to develop a unique device identifier (UDI) system for medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is lobbying against its plan to use the UDI on claim forms.

Lack of standard data model poses hindrance to PCORI 'network of networks'

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is operating in accordance with requirements of the Affordable Care Act, but the lack of a standard data model poses a hindrance to plans to develop a "network of networks" to further comparative effectiveness research, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Telemedicine dangers must be addressed

Despite the promise of telemedicine in improving healthcare, there are downsides to such technology that need to be addressed, according to Russ Alan Prince, president of consulting firm R.A. Prince & Associates Inc.

VA missed opportunities to enroll patients in telehealth program

Non-Institutional Care Patients had some of the best outcomes through the Veterans Health Administration's Home Telehealth Program; however, a recent audit found that the agency missed opportunities to expand enrollment for those patients.