FDA looks to improve its use of IT for clinical investigations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, attempting to improve its clinical investigation processes, established a public docket last week to solicit feedback on how healthcare stakeholders are using technology for such research efforts.

ONC's Savage outlines privacy goals for year ahead

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be setting its sights in 2016 on security issues in the healthcare industry, according to the agency's chief privacy official.

Security research finds focus on process over results

Senior management teams are supporting increased cybersecurity efforts in the private sector, but a focus on process over outcomes could be troubling, according to research from Southern Methodist University.

Telemedicine codes added to CMS final payment rules

New telemedicine billing codes are featured in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rules for payments to physicians and hospitals, which were released late last week.

How big data paves the way for healthcare's future

Health data is paving the way for healthcare of the future; for example, more clinical and genetic information from cancer patients can help providers to better prescribe the right treatments and medication, according to Regenstrief Institute President and CEO William M. Tierney, M.D.

Exemptions enable hacking of med devices for safety

The Library of Congress has granted several exemptions to copyright rules that in effect mean it's OK to sometimes hack medical devices in search of security and design flaws.

Legacy technology: A scapegoat for HIT startup struggles?

Digital health startups often fail due to an inability to integrate with legacy HIT systems--including electronic health records--according to entrepreneur John Sung Kim.

Patients prefer password-protected portals for most sensitive test results

Most patients prefer getting results from medical tests, especially ones containing highly sensitive information, through password protected patient portals or websites, according to a recent study.

How data from health records, social media streams improves flu predictions

By combining data from social media and other sources, researchers were able to more accurately predict incidence of flu, according to research published in PLoS Computational Biology.

NYU turns to big data to teach future physicians HIT skills

As big data and analytics create great change within the healthcare industry, they're also having a major influence on how and what future physicians are taught.

WEDI-Con: Hospital cybersecurity about investment protection

As Director of IT Security at Children's National Medical Center, Chad Wilson believes his job is not to "implement a bunch of widgets and speak a foreign language," but rather to protect the investments of his facility.

WEDI-Con: Health data exchange in the industry the exception, not the rule, HIE exec says

Health data exchange, to the detriment of patient care, remains an exception in the industry rather than the rule, according to Michael Matthews, CEO of the MedVirginia and ConnectVirginia HIEs.

Theranos to rename, restructure board of directors

Lab testing startup Theranos is shaking up its board of directors after reports questioning the accuracy and use of the company's flagship technology.

Telemedicine market to hit $2.8 billion by 2022

There are no signs the telemedicine market will be slowing down anytime soon, especially in light of a report from Grand View Research Inc. forecasting that the market will reach $2.8 billion by 2022.

CISOs must be clear on security responsibilities during mergers, acquisitions

Going into a merger or acquisition, it's vital for healthcare security leaders to understand their areas of responsibility and what will fall to the security staff to ensure a smooth transition, according to Joey Johnson, chief information security officer for Premise Health.

Many EDs dissatisfied with enterprise EHR emergency modules

Visits to the emergency department are on the rise in the U.S., and a lack of usability and interoperability of ED Information Systems are only adding more complications, according to a new survey from Black Book.

WEDI-Con: Physician practices encountering some hurdles during ICD-10 transition

While the first month of the ICD-10 transition has gone relatively smoothly, per both an update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released Oct. 29, and hospital and payer stakeholders speaking at a conference a day earlier, physician practices have had some issues, according to Robert Tennant, director of health information technology policy at the Medical Group Management Association.

WEDI-Con: Marshfield Clinic CEO says patients won't wait for industry to catch up with tech

Patients aren't going to wait for the healthcare industry to catch up with technology, and as IT moves farther ahead than where the industry currently stands, "we have to start thinking very differently about what patients expect," Susan Turney, M.D., CEO of Marshfield Clinic, said during the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's conference in Reston, Virginia, this week.

Lean management, bed-tracking system boost patient flow

Health First in Brevard County, Florida, made substantial improvements in patient flow through use of a bed-tracking system and implementing Lean principles, according to a paper from Rand Corp.

Real-time technology helps Chicago network reduce readmissions

The Medical Home Network (MHN) collaboration in Chicago was able to substantially reduce hospital admissions and costs using a secure Web-based care coordination tool and a team-based model of care, according to an announcement.