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Med schools embrace innovation to help students learn new tech

As the healthcare workforce grapples with using new technologies proliferating the market, medical schools are taking steps to make sure those entering the industry are prepared for new innovation.

Black Book: Robust data exchange still a decade away

Despite efforts to create health information exchanges, the United States is still at least 10 years from achieving a secure, robust exchange of patient data, according to a new report from Black Book Research.

Arkansas Senate puts forth bill banning telemedicine use for abortions

A bill that would ban a physician from prescribing drugs through telemedicine passed the Arkansas Senate on Thursday, 29-4.

Predictive analytics help hospital slash post-surgical infections

As the federal government continues to push for value over volume when it comes to healthcare, providers--like those at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics--increasingly are turning to technologies such as analytics to bolster their efforts.

Tools tackle complexity of translating codes to ICD-10

Researchers studying the difficulties of mapping between ICD-9 and ICD-10 have created tools to deal with the complexity, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers use HIE data to identify homeless patients

Using health information exchanges, researchers were able to identify patients likely to be homeless--and created a tool that could better improve patient record matching.

Anthem may face costs of more than $100M following hack

Anthem may face damage control costs of more than $100 million after a cybersecurity attack exposed the information of about 80 million of its customers.

How correctional systems are taking advantage of health IT

Correctional systems are looking to technology to improve care and reduce costs, but complex IT projects are not necessarily required to achieve good outcomes, according to a draft report from Community Oriented Correctional Health Services.

Legislators back transition to ICD-10

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Submcommittee on Health made clear at a hearing examining ICD-10 implementation on Wednesday that they do not want to see the transition delayed yet again.

Report: Patients prefer to connect with providers in person, over the phone

Despite the plethora of technologies available to help patients connect with their care providers, most still prefer to communicate in person or over the phone, according to Salesforce's "2015 State of the Connected Patient" report.

Fewer alarms net positive results for Abbott Northwestern Hospital

In an effort to cut down on alarm fatigue, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis took steps to reduce the number of alarms it uses while making sure staff didn't miss patient emergencies.

Patient engagement 'taking a backseat' to other HIT priorities

The field of clinical patient engagement remains long on potential, but short on results, according to a new report from Chilmark Research. 

Improved public policy essential to HIT innovation

The ecosystem that supports innovation in the health IT industry is facing a crisis and improved public policies are vital to maintain American leadership in the area, according to an article published this week in the Health Affairs Blog.

Remote monitoring helps prevent falls at Presence Covenant Medical Center

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Illinois found remote monitoring can help prevent patient falls in the hospital.

Report estimates lower costs for ICD-10 implementation

ICD-10 implementation costs for small physician practices are significantly lower than estimates touted by the American Medical Association this time last year, according to survey results published this week in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

Analytics help Indiana in efforts to lower infant mortality rates

Through the help of data analytics, Indiana is making strides in tackling one of its biggest problems--a high infant mortality rate.

Anthem hack: Employee access, not encryption, the problem

As the investigations and lawsuits roll in over the breach of health insurance company Anthem, the industry is taking a closer look at its security practices.

ONC budget request sends a strong message about the growing importance of health IT

Federal health information technology efforts received a proverbial shot in the arm last week when President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for FY2016 last week.

CMS draft regulations on ACO tech use will 'hinder' efforts

A group of 17 organizations is blasting a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that calls on accountable care organizations to describe how they plan to use technology, saying it will "hinder" their efforts.

Drop-down menus could thwart specificity promised in ICD-10

Despite the promise of ICD-10 to improve disease surveillance--and even be a boon for national security--drop-down menus again could be a fly in the ointment.