Health groups continue to call for better interoperability, data transparency

In additional comments to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on healthcare data transparency, the West Health Institute and the Pacific Business Group of Health (PBGH) also have also composed letters to the two officials.

Though a 'ravenous beast,' health IT transforming population health

Technology to power population health management is improving, but still has a ways to go to truly fulfill its promise, according to three panelists who will be speaking at the Health IT Summit in Seattle next week.

Online portal availability a mystery to many patients

More patient portals are available at healthcare facilities across the U.S., but 40 percent of patients don't know about the systems, according to a survey by TechnologyAdvice.

Why hospital leaders should use Twitter

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HIMSS Analytics: Most providers adopt telemedicine to close patient-care gaps

Provider adoption of telemedicine solutions is largely driven by the need to fill gaps in patient care, particularly among hospitals, according to HIMSS Analytics' 2014 Telemedicine Study, published on Wednesday.

Keep patient data secure through increased access, training

If your organization keeps a tight rein on access to its data used for analysis, does that keep it secure? No it doesn't, according to Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Yiscah Bracha.

Health IT adds unexpected costs to M&As

With the recent growth of mergers and acquisitions in health IT, hospitals are coming across unexpected costs when trying to integrate computer systems.

Groups seek greater CMS transparency, better data standards

In response to lawmakers' call for comments on healthcare data transparency, three industry organizations sent letters asking that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services release more data--and in a more useable form.

Hospitals develop, sell tech to bring in cash

Technology is not just helping hospitals save money; in some cases it is helping them make it. Both MedStar Health, in the Baltimore region, and Cleveland Clinic are developing and selling technology to supplement their overall revenue, according to an article in the Washington Post.

Parkland's digital facelift focuses on 'future-proofing'

Four years after announcing plans to build a brand new complex, Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital is on the verge of opening what's being described as "one of the first 'digital hospitals' in the United States."

ACOs' health IT capabilities remain rudimentary

Accountable Care Organizations have made little progress in improving their health IT capabilities in the past year, according to a new survey by the eHealth Initiative.

Pew Charitable Trusts: Poor EHR interoperability 'hinders' accurate med device assessments

Electronic health record interoperability and the incorporation of unique device identifiers (UDI) into electronic health data sources--including EHRs--are necessary for patient data registries and UDI systems to realize their potential, according to Josh Rising, director of medical devices for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Why telehealth adoption requires more than policy changes

Policy changes alone will not adequately spur the adoption of telehealth as a means to fulfill the Triple Aim of improving access and quality of care while decreasing costs, the Center for Connected Health Policy has concluded.

The pros and cons of big data in healthcare

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AHIMA establishes international workforce council to focus on training

The alignment and advancement of workforce training curriculum in health information management and health IT are the focus of a new international council established by the American Health Information Management Association.

Health IT 'underdeveloped' to manage complex care patients

When it comes to management of patients with complex, high-cost conditions, health IT and analytics efforts are "underdeveloped," according to researchers from Boston-based Partners HealthCare and the Commonwealth Fund.

3 keys to thrive as a hospital CIO in a changing industry

As the digital landscape of healthcare continues to change, so do the jobs of those in the industry--including the role of CIO.

Deloitte: Global eVisits to reach 100 million by year's end

This year could be the inflection point in adoption of eVisits as technological advances and pressures to reduce costs and improve care boost the option, according to a Deloitte report.

Telemedicine could save US employers $6 billion annually

Telemedicine may be a big boost to helping employers trim their bottom line, with new analysis saying the emerging technology could save U.S. companies hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in costs.

Med management market to pass $1.6 billion by 2019

In addition to government initiatives driving more accountability in patient care, concerns around lowering medication errors and adverse drug events are steadily increasing the value of the global market for medication management, according to a new report.