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Report: Providers must adopt sophisticated tech, stronger policies to prevent duplicate patient records

To improve patient identification matching and lessen the chance of errors, more sophisticated technology will be necessary, according to healthcare experts, but human error will never be fully eliminated.

Healthcare No. 1 target for cyberattacks in 2015

Healthcare hit the No 1. spot for cyberattacks last year, though no industry was immune from such incidents, according to an IBM cybersecurity report.

Radiologists less optimistic about virtual consult workflow than referring physicians

While virtual consultations (VC) with radiologists were seen as a boon to patient care by referring physicians at NYU Langone Medical Center in a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the feeling was not exactly mutual for radiologists.

Anthropology background a boon for Susannah Fox in role as HHS CTO

Susannah Fox, chief technology officer for the Health and Human Services Department, is not a technologist, but an anthropologist--and that makes her a great pick for the job, Dave Chase, CEO and founder of health IT company Avado, writes in a contributed piece to Forbes.

FDA moves forward on UDI regs; Class II must comply by fall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will move forward on unique device identifiers this fall, requiring that Class II medical devices comply with regulations by Sept. 24.

Urgent care provider relies on telemedicine to reduce wait times

Doctor's Care, a chain of urgent care centers in South Carolina and Tennessee, calls on telemedicine to balance the patient load at its centers and improve patient satisfaction, reports Health Data Management.

Artificial intelligence aids in Zika, Ebola diagnoses

Rush University Medical Center is using artificial intelligence technology to alert doctors when a patient might have the Zika virus or Ebola, reports The Chicago Tribune.

NIST to release new standards for hospitals to increase cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking to deliver new guidance on healthcare cybersecurity to help healthcare organizations become more resistant to breaches, more effective at mitigating damage that hackers might inflict and better at recovering after an attacks, Healthcare IT News reports.

Preoperative videos help to cut patient anxiety

Surgery patients at the Mayo Clinic in Florida who watched a series of pre-operation educational videos felt less anxisous than those who did not, according to a new study.

In data breach suit, Anthem's 'blame the victim' tactic doesn't fly

One of the biggest hurdles for consumers affected by a data breach is proving damage--and companies are going to greater lengths to make it even more difficult, according to attorney Steven Teppler.

Study: HIT use aligned with new payment, delivery models supported improved care delivery

Providers with robust electronic health records who participated in an accountable care organizations or patient-centered medical homes were the most likely to routinely perform certain care processes, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.

How a Minneapolis hospital keeps patients healthy through innovation

The Upstream Health Innovations center affiliated with Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis is looking at social issues as a factor in its quest to reduce readmissions, reports Becker's Health IT & CIO Review.

Virtual reality surgery streamed online

Surgeon Sahfi Ahmed, who made a name for himself by using Google Glass, performed cancer surgery Thursday using virtual reality that was streamed online.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves funding for VA EHR improvements, telemedicine

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a bill that allocates funding for health technology endeavors of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including the modernization of the agency's electronic health record system, digital scanning of health records and telemedicine use.

Thousands miss New York e-prescribing deadline

Thousands of providers missed the March 27 New York state deadline requiring that all prescriptions be created electronically.

Healthcare orgs increasingly reach out to law enforcement for help with growing cybertheats

The recent spate of ransomware attacks on health systems has organizations not only focusing on security within their walls, but looking to law enforcement agencies for help with the growing threats.

Data from 1,400 American College of Cardiology institutions put at risk

A breach at the American College of Cardiology may have put patient info at risk for 1,400 of the college's institutions.

University of Chicago to launch interoperable cancer clinical data commons

The University of Chicago is looking to launch a clinical data commons around oncology by the summer to create a resource that can be used by the research community.

Mismatch of HIT and workflow tops list of patient safety concerns

A disconnect between health IT configurations and organizational workflow topped the ECRI Institute's 2016 list of top 10 patient safety concerns.

Paralyzed man regains use of hands with help of neurotechnology

About two years after scientists equipped Ian Burkhart with a system that intercepts and decodes electrical signals from the brain, the once paralyzed 24-year-old can now pour water from a bottle, swipe his credit card and perform other small tasks.