ATA16: VA to establish five new telemental health resource centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs is banking on the promise of telemedicine to improve access to care, announcing this week five new resource centers dedicated to the services.

ISACA's Robert Clyde: Connected devices require well-thought-out security strategy

Despite the benefits of mobile devices, healthcare organizations must have specific cybersecurity protection plans for them, Robert Clyde, board director of ISACA, an organization focused on IT governance, tells HealthITSecurity.

MACRA focus should be patient outcomes, not 'unnecessary burdens,' John Halamka says

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka believes that less could be more when it comes to physicians transitioning to the new programs outlined under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Accuracy of remote dermatology care concerns researchers

A study of direct-to-consumer telemedicine services published this week in JAMA Dermatology raises troubling questions about the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.

Mercy Virtual teams up with Penn State to bolster ICU monitoring

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will soon work with Chesterfield, Missouri-based Mercy Virtual on virtual monitoring for the medical center's intensive care unit.

Patient-reported diagnoses for multiple sclerosis accurately match with claims data

Research on self-reported diagnoses of multiple sclerosis within the PatientsLikeMe community found the data pretty accurate when matched with insurance claims, according to a study published at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Telecom companies lag behind Google, Apple in digital health space

As Apple and Google take a greater role in healthcare innovation, telecom companies fall short of success in the industry.

Survey: Care coordination, cost cutting among biggest drivers of telemedicine implementation

Of 120 respondents to a KPMG survey of individuals who work for healthcare providers, 25 percent said their telemedicine programs not only are improving efficiency and patient volumes, but also are financially sustainable.

Amid efforts to better share clinical research info, don't let 'data dumpsters' flourish

Information sharing for clinical research must comprise of more than raw data dumps, according to researchers who advocate for the funding and development of platforms to "standardize, clean and curate data into usable formats."

New Hampshire Health Information Organization's Jeff Loughlin: Let vendors hash out HIT standards

Lingering interoperability problems and subsequent alterations to the federal Meaningful Use program create an ever-changing landscape for public health information exchanges (HIEs), which by some reports are feeling the brunt of the industry's frustration.

Making data available for research a priority at Geisinger Health System

WASHINGTON--Patient data needs to be made available for research, and that's an effort Geisinger Health System is working hard at, Andy Faucett, director of Policy and Education, said during the Health Datapalooza security and privacy summit.

Telemental health services bridge gaps in care, but regulatory issues a barrier

Telemental health helps to bridge the gaps that exist in providing mental health services to patients, but there are many barriers to providing such services, according to a survey of telemental health laws in all 50 states by law firm Epstein Becker Green.

HHS Office for Civil Rights developing ransomware guidance

In the wake of several high-profile ransomware attacks on hospitals and health systems, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights plans to publish guidance for the industry focusing on such incidents.

FDA releases 'leap frog' draft guidance on 3-D printed devices

The U.S. Drug and Food Administration has released draft guidance on 3-D printed medical devices, to provide its "initial thinking" on the technology.

Jocelyn Samuels: Freeing and protecting data are not mutually exclusive goals

The first privacy and security portion of Health Datapalooza could not be more timely nor more important in a world where healthcare data is increasingly at risk, Jocelyn Samuels, director of the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights, said during opening remarks at Wednesday's event.

ONC officials: IT for MACRA, cybersecurity remain top-of-mind issues

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in its recent and longstanding efforts, is both focusing on what is needed now and what is needed tomorrow, Elise Anthony, ONC's acting director of policy, said during a panel discussion at Health Datapalooza on Tuesday.

Ponemon Institute: Poor state of healthcare cybersecurity causing industry finger pointing

Criminal attacks continue to be the leading cause of data breaches in healthcare, with ransomware the latest threat, according to the latest privacy and security survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

Researchers: State telemedicine parity laws don't impact its use for Medicare populations

State telemedicine coverage parity laws have had no bearing on increased use of the technology for Medicare populations, researchers write this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Payers, providers outline approaches to data use

The power of data is found when payer and provider information comes together--with a key part that is often overlooked being the patient, David Feinberg, CEO of Geisinger Health System, said during a panel discussion Tuesday at Health Datapalooza in the District of Columbia.

Andy Slavitt: Health IT must be 'a national priority'

When Andy Slavitt came to the District of Columbia two years ago, it was because technology was putting health reform in the U.S. at risk. Now, he says, technology is not doing all it can when it comes to patient care, and the industry must "refocus on our customers and rise above proprietary interests to make this a national priority."