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Case study: Primary care practices need help to effectively use HIT

Primary care practices require sustained, focused efforts to effectively incorporate health IT into their work to improve care, according to a case study of practices in the Colorado Beacon Consortium.

Electronic reminders help reduce risk of surgical site infections

Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin found electronic reminders an effective way to get patients to adhere to a preadmission antiseptic showering regimen shown to help reduce risk of surgical site infections.

The rise of nurses in health IT

From chief nursing informatics officers to chief information officers, nurses increasingly are taking on new leadership roles in health IT and having a major impact on healthcare innovation and delivery.

4 keys to successful HIT vendor-client relationships

When it comes to relationships between health IT vendors and clients, there are many ways to ensure they are positive for both parties involved.

Modeling tool sheds insight on physician workforce needs

In an effort to predict where the physician shortage will hit the hardest, researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have developed a web-based model to determine how many physicians each region, state and the nation needs.

Feds outline new ICD-10 testing plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, piggybacking on its announcement Thursday finalizing Oct. 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 deadline, have outlined a "comprehensive four-pronged approach" to helping providers prepare for the transition.

Healthcare lessons learned from 'hacktivist' attack

Hospitals cannot assume they're safe from hackers, writes Daniel J. Nigrin, M.D., in a perspective on healthcare cybersecurity at The New England Journal of Medicine.

CHIME announces new organization to aid CSOs

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has launched a new organization to offer support to healthcare leaders in senior IT security positions.

Telehealth bill would extend Medicare coverage to underserved areas

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries and other patients in underserved areas, according to an announcement from Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, one of its sponsors.

Health IT projects get chunk of $54 million PCORI funding

Thirty-three new research projects split more than $54 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors--including some that are IT-related.

CMS finalizes ICD-10 compliance date

After months of speculation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as expected, finalized Oct. 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for providers and payers to transition to ICD-10.

How hospitals can harness social media to help people

It's no secret that people take to social media when they have a complaint. It's been said many times that brands need to be in social media, because even if the brand isn't out there, people can still mention it, in both good and bad ways. Hospitals are no exception to this rule.

Inclusion of telemedicine in VA overhaul bill draws praise

Telemedicine, much to the delight of some health industry observers, is a prominent part of legislation announced this week allocating $17 million to overhaul the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hospitals covet neighboring facilities' technology

Facilities were more likely to acquire a new surgical robot if neighboring hospitals had done so, according to a study from a group of private and government researchers published in this month's Healthcare journal.

4 misconceptions about ICD-10

Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at AHIMA, addresses four misconceptions surrounding the transition to ICD-10. 

FDA's restructured IT efforts focus on transparency, efficiency

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been focused on restructuring its IT efforts to offer greater transparency and efficiency in customer support and services, its Deputy Commissioner for Operations Walter S. Harris said in a blog post.

Hospital IT leaders work to leverage big data

As big data becomes more widely used in healthcare, hospitals and other organizations are continually trying to find ways to use the information while addressing any concerns that may arise.

NIH funding to help 23andMe expand gene database

Genetic testing company 23andMe has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, only a year after the U.S. Drug and Food Administration ordered the company to stop its DNA tests.

Hacker charged with stealing HHS employee info

Personal information for more than 100,000 employees of several federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--was obtained illegally by an alleged British hacker, indicted late last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, among a bevy of charges.

Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts

Hospitals increasingly plan to outsource coding efforts in the coming year, according to a new survey published today by Black Book Rankings.