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eHealth Initiative roadmap calls for alignment of HIT regulatory efforts

Interoperability and Meaningful Use efforts need to be aligned with other healthcare regulatory and industry initiatives, according to the eHealth Initiative, which on Thursday unveiled its 2020 roadmap for transforming health IT.

How low health literacy, technology leave elderly behind

The Internet is quickly becoming the go-to place for health information, but those who are not well-versed in understanding health matters, and especially those who are elderly, are being left behind, according to a recent study.

NIST releases draft guidance on sharing cyberattack info

Healthcare providers can help one another when it comes to cyberattacks by sharing information with one another during and after and attack, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology has created draft guidelines on how organizations can handle those relationships.

Pediatric emergency telemedicine: 5 barriers to success

Telemedicine is an underused technology in pediatric emergency settings, where it could "in theory, improve the quality of ... care at small hospitals, facilitate effective triage ... and reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary transport," according to researchers from RAND and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, whose work was published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

AMA backs compact for multistate licensure to ease use of telemedicine

The American Medical Association this week pledged its support for a compact developed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to make it easier for physicians to obtain licenses in multiple states.

Medical research needs transparency, more robust peer review

Big data projects by themselves won't effectively transform medical research without a cultural change rewarding transparency and cooperation, according to an article published at the Journal of Medical Internet Research focused on rooting out unreliable research.

Doc: ICD-10 delays teach medical professionals to embrace apathy

According to James Libecco, a single practitioner at Akron Skin Center in Ohio, the multiple delays to ICD-10 are teaching those in medicine to embrace apathy.

How health IT can help to keep patients insured

Health information technology--in particular, electronic health records and health information exchange--can be a conduit for keeping patients insured, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Center for Health Research maintain in an article published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Survey indicates telemedicine adoption growth among healthcare execs

Executives in the healthcare industry are not shying away from implementing telemedicine policies, despite setbacks caused by regulations and reimbursement policies, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner LLP.

OCR releases new guidance on HIPAA privacy rules for emergencies

HIPAA privacy protections are not suspended during an emergency, the Office of Civil Rights reminds covered entities and business associates in new guidance with the Ebola outbreak in mind.

CHIME, HIMSS to Burwell: Health IT not a part-time job

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society want Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Karen DeSalvo as National Coordinator for Health IT should she continue to split her duties between ONC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.

ONC privacy chief Lucia Savage excited, focused for task ahead

The healthcare industry has recently shows concern over the repercussions of the leadership exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Lucia Savage, the new chief privacy officer, however, reports "a lot of excitement and focus" at the agency on moving beyond just adoption of technology to more effectively harnessing technology to improve patient outcomes.

AMA's Robert Wah channels Yoda on HIT's future

While American Medical Association President Robert Wah referred to "Star Trek" in his inaugural address in June, he called upon the spirit of "Star Wars" in his address to the House of Delegates at the AMA Interim Meeting last week in Dallas. More precisely, the edict from Master Yoda: "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

Aetna CISO: Mandate protection of health data by risk, not regulation

Healthcare companies are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, and as threats to consumers' private health information grow the industry must do more to prevent breaches, said Jim Routh, chief information security officer at health insurer Aetna.

How to survive a HIPAA audit

FierceHealthIT recently spoke with University of Kentucky HealthCare Chief Compliance Officer Brett Short about lessons he learned from his audit experience and what changes he thinks are in store for the next round of OCR's Health Information Portability & Accountability Act audits.

Real-time clinical alerts improve care for NICU patients

In Rhode Island, hospitals are seeing improved outcomes and reductions in readmissions thanks to the use of real-time clinical alerts of admission, or "ADT alerts."

3 strategies for winning physicians over for ICD-10

Physician involvement is an especially crucial element at several levels for hospitals transitioning to ICD-10, according to healthcare IT consultant D'Arcy Guerin Gue.

Keys to viable HIEs going forward

Seven key elements are required to keep health information exchange organizations viable into the future, according to the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

Federal websites left locations of AIDS patients vulnerable; Researchers create tool to measure cancer health literacy;

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UMHS CIO Sue Schade: Culture change at health organizations takes time

When a CIO moves to a new organization, making changes takes time and patience, says Sue Schade, CIO at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.