HIMSS seeks specific guidance from NIST on cybersecurity framework

The healthcare industry needs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to get specific about how to implement its cybersecurity framework, HIMSS writes in a letter to NIST Acting Director Dr. Willie E. May.

Lucia Savage joins ONC as chief privacy officer

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Tuesday announced that Lucia Savage has been named the agency's new chief privacy officer.

Google tests video chats for health symptom searchers

Google, once again, is venturing into the health and wellness space, this time via video chats.

FDA's Schwartz: Devices without vendor support 'enormous challenge' for cybersecurity

Medical devices no longer supported by the manufacturer present "an enormous challenge," the FDA's Suzanne Schwartz, M.D., tells in an interview.

5 qualities of great hospital CIOs

Passion and balance are some of the keys to being a successful chief information officer, according to Stephanie Reel, vice president for information services at Baltimore-based John Hopkins Medicine.

VA treated 690K veterans through telemedicine in fiscal year 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says it provided remote care to more than 690,000 veterans during fiscal year 2014.

Feds award University of New Mexico Health $15 million to expand telehealth efforts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center has awarded more than $15 million to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's Department of Neurosurgery to expand the institution's telehealth infrastructure, Sens. Tom Udall (D) and Martin Heinrich (D) announced this week.

Commonwealth Fund: 5 ways to improve health IT development, adoption

Several challenges persist when it comes to development and adoption of digital health tools. To that end, a pair of Commonwealth Fund reports published this month outline strategies to boost such innovation, and examine how some organizations currently are taking advantage of new technologies.

Majority say government best option to lead interoperability push

Better interoperability will be a primary driver for improving fiscal and clinical outcomes in healthcare, according to a survey by research firm peer60, while a bare majority said government involvement will be the best way to achieve it.

Struggles remain a year out from ICD-10 implementation

After years of delays, the ICD-10 compliance date is finally less than a year away, but healthcare organizations vary in readiness for the transition.

ONC taps RTI to develop road map for HIT Safety Center

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Wednesday awarded a contract to Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based RTI International to design a road map to its health IT safety center.

Government agencies to hold open meeting on health IT, device security

A public meeting of government agencies and healthcare leaders will be held Oct. 21-22 to address the issue of cybersecurity, according to a blog post by Suzanne Schwartz, director of emergency preparedness/operations and medical countermeasures at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Robots not necessarily more cost-effective, safer for surgery

Robots may not be the most effective surgical tools compared to regular minimally invasive surgery, according to new research from Columbia University in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

HITRUST, healthcare leaders team up on cyberthreat early warning system

In an effort to be proactive when it comes to cybersecurity risks, the Health Information Trust Alliance has announced the Cyber Threat XChange to speed up detection and response to threats targeted at the healthcare industry.

Interoperability remains a barrier for health data exchange organizations

Echoing previous surveys, eHealth Initiative's latest poll of health data exchange organizations finds them struggling with interoperability issues.

Health IT oversight requires legislative action, groups argue

Close to 60 health IT stakeholders--including the American Medical Informatics Association and Health IT Now--want to see Congressional involvement in clarifying appropriate risk-based oversight of health IT.

Nevada insurers create telemedicine programs

Two Nevada health insurance providers--Anthem and UnitedHealthcare--are rolling out telemedicince programs.

Study: Electronic messaging should be part of physicians' job description

As participation in patient portals grows, so, too, does the number of electronic messages sent between patients and physicians, showing a need for reimbursement and clinical structures that allow physicians to make use of the tool, according to a study published this month in Health Affairs.

Regina Holliday: Patients need access to electronic data before, not during, a crisis

FierceHealthIT recently spoke with patient advocate Regina Holliday about electronic medical record access, patients' rights to information and interoperability.

Practice council: HIEs need information, data governance

Consolidation and governance of health information exchanges is crucial as the number of HIEs across the country continues to grow, according to industry experts in an analysis published this month in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.