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Breaches show need for improved data governance in healthcare industry

When it comes to data security in the healthcare industry, it is a matter of finding the balance between technology, personnel and good governance structure, according to two information security experts.

ONC's DeSalvo continues to stress moving beyond Meaningful Use

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo made no bones about the direction she and ONC would like to see federal health IT efforts take in a keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Policy Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.

Deven McGraw: HIPAA likely doesn't cover Apple Watch

FierceHealthIT spoke with Deven McGraw (pictured), a partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and longtime member of the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee, about privacy and security concerning Apple Watch and HealthKit. 

Hospital execs: Meaningful Use, interoperability discussions can't be separated

Provider-based health IT professionals stated their case for why they need more flexibility for Meaningful Use Stage 2 during a briefing at the Russell Senate Building in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Coverage, reimbursement remain barriers to telehealth use, health industry leaders testify

Coverage and reimbursement of telehealth, especially for Medicaid and Medicare, was the topic of choice during a roundtable discussion held by the U.S. Senate Special Commission on Aging on Tuesday.

Healthcare takes cautious approach to new technology

Early adopters of technology are more likely to lead in revenue growth and market position, according to a study conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and sponsored by Verizon, though healthcare tends to take a cautious approach.

AHIMA's Bowman to docs: Don't fear ICD-10

Despite all the grumbling about the switch to ICD-10, physicians find it more natural to the way they practice, Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at the American Health Information Management Association, said in an interview at Healthcare Informatics.

Congressman, FCC head tout government efforts to improve health IT

Hospitals and health organizations are not the only key players in health IT, government agencies such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Federal Communications Commission also play an important role. 

Industry experts: Expand patient access, education to personal health info

Patients increasingly have access to their health records, and that means finding ways to improve access and ensure patients know how to use the information, according to panelists at a health summit Monday.

William Hersh: HIT education has undergone a 'huge change'

While William Hersh, professor and chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, believes that technology is crucial to health IT education, he doesn't think it's necessarily the most important aspect of the industry for students to master. In an exclusive interview, Hersh touches on the evolution of health IT education over the better part of three decades, as well as how he thinks recent federal legislation impacts his efforts.

Telemedicine call center helps reduce cardiac readmissions

Telemedicine helped reduce the rate of readmissions among patients after hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to new research published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

ONC survey: Nearly half of patients given online access to records use it

For providers fretting over the patient engagement requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2), a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should offer some encouragement.

DeSalvo touts interoperability, Blue Button at Consumer Health IT Summit

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare.

ONC names new head for Consumer e-Health program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced on Thursday that Lana Moriarty will serve as the agency's Acting Director for Consumer e-Health.

As funding ends, sustainability plan vital to i2b2 project

Developing a sustainability model for the Integrating Biology and the Bedside project, or i2b2, should be a national priority as federal funding comes to an end, according to an article published this month in eGEMS.

Congressman wants investigation into Community Health Systems breach

Fallout continues to expand in the wake of the Community Health Systems breach reported last month, with a federal legislator calling for an investigation into the matter.

Analytics key to population health management at St. Vincent's

Analytics tools are the key to advancing change and achieving population health management goals at St. Vincent's Health Partners in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

HIMSS to Congress: 3 actions to improve health IT

HIMSS has presented three "Congressional Asks"--formal requests to Congress to accomplish specific goals to advance health IT.

5 reasons tech adoption is sluggish in healthcare

Robert Pearl, M.D. examines in Forbes the five factors that impact technology adoption in healthcare.

Federal advisers outline 'least-regret' approach for query recommendations

The Nationwide Health Information Network Power Team--a subgroup of the federal Health IT Standards Committee that advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT--on Wednesday outlined a "least regret" approach to query recommendations for the 2017 electronic health record technology certification edition.