FDA unveils draft guidance for medical device interoperability

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unveiled draft guidance it hopes the medical device industry will follow for including interoperability in the design and development of such tools.

AHRQ urged to consider more studies on telehealth's benefits

HIMSS and the Personal Connected Health Alliance are urging the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to consider conducting additional studies that provide more data on the benefits of telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

NHS eyes modern tech to help patients stay healthy at home

Britain's National Health Service has announced pilot projects in seven locations to test how technology can help monitor people with long-term conditions, according to an article in The Telegraph.

Reid Health teams up with HIEs to give all patients seamless access to health info

The Health Collaborative and Indiana Health Information Exchange are linking up with Indiana-based Reid Health to provide the exchange of information to patients in Ohio.

Women still have trouble breaking into HIT executive positions

Women are still underrepresented in the healthcare field, but in 2015 digital health saw a rise in female CEOs, according to a Rock Health report.

Server issues lead to website outages for Kaiser Permanente

A website outage for Kaiser Permanente last week prevented many consumers from accessing their information.

Health IT, communication must play role in care transitions

Use of communication and health IT is necessary to help avoid high costs and readmissions that can occur because of transitions of care.

Why health systems have a 'responsibility' for innovation

Health systems must become test-beds of innovation because they have the ability to gather smart people and push their ideas forward, according to former Cleveland Clinic Chief Innovation Officer Thomas Graham, M.D.

The key ingredient to cybersecurity: Layers

As cyberthreats grow, the best way for providers to ensure their systems are as secure as possible is to implement multiple layers of protection.

Data mining creates growing unease about patient privacy

The market for medical information is so opaque that many doctors and patients don't realize data from a lab or electronic health record may be anonymized and sold without their consent, according to an article at Scientific American.

Tablet software enables patients to provide real-time hospital satisfaction feedback

Yale-New Haven Health System is using real-time feedback to improve patient satisfaction, an effort growing in importance as hospitals vie to retain customers.

15 communities chosen for ONC-funded data exchange program

AcademyHealth, a health services research program, has chosen 15 communities that will take part in its Community Health Peer Learning Program.

How telemedicine benefits patients in prison

The benefits of telemedicine use at prisons is two-fold: It helps to lower healthcare costs and also gives inmates better access to care, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Senate HELP Committee unveils draft HIT legislation

The U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, on Wednesday, unveiled a discussion draft of legislation it hopes will improve the overall use and development of health information technology.

Patient-driven health data sharing requires industry cooperation, not just technology

Intersecting trends are making the timing right for patient-driven health information exchange, according to a perspective article published in The New England Journal of Medicine by authors Kenneth Mandl, M.D., and Isaac S. Kohane, M.D.

Disparities remain in health IT adoption among rural providers

Overall, rural providers have adopted Meaningful Use at about the same rate as urban providers, however, greater disparities persist between different rural practices, new research shows.

Loss of life, liability top cybersecurity fears for health IT leaders

Losing patients due to malicious actors gaining access to systems or hacking medical devices is the top fear for healthcare leaders when it comes to cybersecurity, according to the results of a new survey.

ACOs struggle to integrate out-of-network data

Integrating data from out-of-network providers was the top HIT challenge for accountable care organizations (ACOs) in a new survey from the eHealth Initiative (eHI) and Premier.

Report: Healthcare the least prepared sector against cyberattacks

Healthcare is the most targeted yet least prepared sector in the U.S. when it comes to cyberattacks, according to a report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.