Northern Kentucky University releases plans for Health Innovation Center

Later this year, construction will begin on Northern Kentucky University's Health Innovation Center, which will span 95,492 square feet.

How telemedicine aids Mercy Health's efforts to improve care

Telemedicine is a three-legged stool that includes not only technology, but also improving access to healthcare and managing reimbursement issues, Mercy Health's chief medical information officer Stephen Beck, M.D., writes at HIT Consultant.

AHRQ to fund CDS learning network

An initiative is underway by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to fund a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Clinical Decision Support Learning Network.

Hospital M&A: Why CIOs are critical

Chief information officers are key players when companies merge or are acquired, responsible for making sure the technologies from both companies can seamlessly integrate.

UPMC data governance initiative seeks systemwide standardization

As the UPMC Health System builds out its analytics capabilities, an initiative now in its third year, it's started a formal data governance program, according to an article at Healthcare Informatics.

Telemedicine's rapid rise: Examining the factors

Mobile technologies and an increased push by states demanding coverage from insurance companies for telemedicine have prompted rapid growth in the industry, even as sluggishness from Medicare on the issue looms.

Study finds online symptom checkers inaccurate

Patients who turn to websites such WebMD, Mayo Clinic and Ask MD for health queries more often than not get inaccurate information from the sites, according to a study by Harvard Medical School researchers.

Data-sharing helps drug makers understand patient experience with medications

Pharmaceutical companies are looking to data-sharing collaborations in their quest to develop new drugs and to demonstrate value of existing ones, according to a PwC report.

Why healthcare needs more cybersecurity personnel

As technology makes work in hospitals and healthcare systems both easier and more complicated, the healthcare industry is in need of more IT security professionals.

Hospital to pay $218,400 for HIPAA violations

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center must pay $218,400 for HIPAA violations through a agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.

Congress members propose ICD-10 dual-coding bill

A new House bill would require a transition period for ICD-10 by requiring dual coding in ICD-9 and ICD-10 for six months.

CMS expands telehealth payments in proposed physician payment schedule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, via its proposed physician fee schedule for 2016, offers to expand telehealth payments and notes that federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics will be eligible to use new chronic care management codes if they comply with outlined health IT requirements.

21st Century Cures Act sails through House

The 21st Century Cures Act has sailed through the House with a vote of 344-77.

Clinician-centered design in EHRs improves workflow

Design for electronic health records that is clinician-centered can help improve workflow in ambulatory healthcare settings, a recent report found.

CIOs should prepare for possibility of lawsuits following security breaches

Chief information officers may soon have to find themselves lawyers, because as cybersecurity attacks increase, the IT leaders could end up in the courtroom.

Researchers call for global genomic data repository in the cloud

Researchers from Canada, Europe and the United States are calling on major funding agencies to set up a global genomic data repository in the cloud available to authorized researchers worldwide.

AHA report calls interoperability imperative to care improvement

Interoperability in healthcare is of upmost importance, and in order to make rapid progress, government action will be necessary, with the private sector also playing a role, according to the American Hospital Association.

Potential HIPAA violation could land hospital in hot water

A Florida hospital could be in hot water for a potential high-profile HIPAA violation.

Healthcare ranks poorly on third-party risk management

Third-party risk programs in healthcare lack maturity, which puts data at risk, according to a report from the Shared Assessments Program and Protiviti, a global consulting firm.

Data security, patient engagement take precedence at 'Most Wired' hospitals

As providers invest more time and money in new technologies, patient engagement and data security are two main areas of focus, according to this year's Most Wired Hospitals survey.