Texas Medical Board president defends telemedicine policies

There is a misconception that Texas is behind the times in terms of its telemedicine policy, when there actually are "very few telemedicine scenarios which are prohibited" in the Lone Star State, according to Michael Arambula, M.D, president of the Texas Medical Board.


PrecisionFDA cloud platform unveiled

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has unveiled its open-source genomic platform, PrecisionFDA, in a "closed beta," according to Fedscoop.

Study finds at-home telemedicine treatment for PTSD viable

Telemedicine sessions at home can be a viable way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in active-duty military personnel, according to a preliminary study published at Telemedicine and e-Health.

HIT execs talk innovation, cybersecurity, patient engagement at Connected Health Conference

Last week, health IT experts converged at the National Harbor in Maryland, to discuss the ever-changing role of technology in healthcare at HIMSS' Connected Health Conference.

Why data, not technology, is the answer in healthcare today

By Lynn McVey, COO, Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center Mother Jones magazine recently published a critical piece about EHR vendor Epic. It reported: 1) "There is no interoperability." What...

Connected Health 2015: Providers must better understand people to improve health landscape

Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Medical Director Douglas Wood believes that doctors and hospitals currently are too focused on providing healthcare for patients rather than helping people to achieve healthy lifestyles.

Karen DeSalvo: Near-term HIT strategy includes making usable data readily available

Usable data needs will be a priority for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT down the road, according to head Karen DeSalvo.

FDA a 'toothless dragon' on med device security, researchers say

Security researchers accuse the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of being "a toothless dragon" in dealing with medical device vulnerabilities.

Participation low, often unhelpful in cyberthreat information-sharing

A recent review of the HITRUST Cyber Threat XChange (CTX), set up in 2012 to speed up detection and response to cyberattacks, highlights how far the industry has to go to effectively share information on cybersecurity

Connected Health 2015: Boston Children's Hospital discharge tool puts patient, parents in control

When engaging with patients and families after hospital discharge, Kelly Dunn, R.N., says that a staff nurse at Boston Children's Hospital used to sit at a desk and make calls to each home. That process would take a couple hours, and often the call went to voicemail. With that in mind, staffers asked themselves: How can we use digital technology to reach out to families? They came up with a tool called DisCo, or Discharge Communications.

Senators question HHS on efforts to curb medical identity theft

Four senators are asking the Department of Health and Human Services what it's doing to prevent data breaches at provider and payer organizations.

Walgreens rolls out mobile telehealth services to 20 more states

Walgreens' mission is to reinvent the consumer experience around digital health by making it simple, rewarding and effective, according to Adam Pellegrini, vice president of digital health at Walgreens.

Privacy principles set for Precision Medicine Initiative

The White House has released a set of privacy principles to govern the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Connected Health 2015: Broadband 'significant' healthcare disruptor

Calling broadband connectivity the most significant foundation for disruption in healthcare, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn shared a three-part prescription for building up the industry during a keynote at the Connected Health Summit this week.

Connected Health 2015: IBM, Boston Children's use cognitive computing to tackle pediatric diseases

IBM Watson and Boston Children's Hospital will join forces to better understand rare pediatric diseases thanks to the power of cognitive computing.

Framework from Sequoia Project, Care Connectivity Consortium focuses on patient matching

The Sequoia Project and the Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC), in a new white paper, present a framework for patient matching for health information exchange partners, considered one of the major hindrances to effective data-sharing.

American Heart Association, Google Life Sciences partner to improve heart disease research

Technology will play a key role in a new collaboration between the American Heart Association and Google Life Sciences that will focus on bringing "unconventional thinking" to heart disease research.

Connected Health 2015: Legacy systems, BYOD among top healthcare security challenges

The use of legacy electronic systems by providers and the more frequent implementation of bring-your-own-device policies represent some of the top challenges to healthcare cybersecurity, at least in the eyes of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Lack of adherence sinks UCLA remote monitoring study

Telemonitoring failed to improve readmission rates for heart failure patients in research from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Connected Health 2015: Healthcare innovation needs 'providers with creative confidence'

When it comes to innovation within healthcare, work is necessary to build creative confidence with providers, according to Paul Nagy, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Medical Innovation Center.