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Stanford Health Care, GE Ventures create company focused on digital medicine

A new company stemming from a partnership between GE Ventures and Stanford Health Care aims to improve health outcomes through digital medicine.

Health providers lack awareness of cyberthreats

In a three-month review of cyber risk management practices in healthcare, the Health Information Trust Alliance has found that the industry's approach is reactive, inefficient and labor intensive.

Behavioral health remote monitoring cuts hospital admissions

Patient engagement through a remote behavioral health intervention after a cardio vascular event has the ability to reduce hospital admissions and length of hospital stays, a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care found.

Testing, lack of contingency planning among docs' biggest ICD-10 concerns

Providers continue to be at odds when it comes to the forthcoming implementation of ICD-10.

Improvements needed in dissemination of clinical effectiveness research

While the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has made some progress in disseminating comparative effectiveness research as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, it needs to do more, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Anthem denies permission for vulnerability scans

Anthem has refused to allow a federal watchdog agency to perform vulnerability scans and configuration compliance tests on its systems, parts of an IT security audit the payer also refused in 2013.

Reduce 'data glut' to keep truly valuable health info safe

When it comes to companies and healthcare entities retaining data, having too much information floating around may hinder security efforts.

David Brailer: Current method of HIT regulation 'faulty,' unsustainable

While health IT has the ability to enable high-value care, its potential has yet to be reached on a broad scale due to a number of different factors, most notably inefficient government policies, according to several industry stakeholders who spoke at an event Wednesday in the District of Columbia hosted by Brookings.

Health providers must boost security policy enforcement, education

An increasing number of healthcare companies say they have security and compliance policies in place for transferring data, but many also say those policies are only "moderately enforced," according to a newly published survey.

ICD-10 a high spending priority for providers in 2015

With the ICD-10 implementation deadline less than a year away, a majority of healthcare organizations will be reaching into their wallets to pay for the migration, according to a new report.

Cybersecurity: Government, health industry must rebuild infrastructure

Security audits and penalties are not the way to tackle the problem of security breaches in the healthcare industry, according to Marc Probst, vice president and CIO at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare.

Why a learning health system is important for patient care

After serving nearly 20 years as executive director of the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance, and as a board member of the National e-Health Collaborative, Holt Anderson is now heading efforts to develop the governance and policy framework required for such a learning health system. Anderson spoke with FierceHealthIT about that work.

HIE not 'causally related' to cost improvements, care quality benefits

An examination of health information exchange research published this month in Health Affairs determines that despite an increase in the sharing of health data across organizations, benefits on costs and care quality are scarce.

The impact of evolutionary computing on healthcare

Evolutionary computing is beginning to have an impact on healthcare, one that will only grow, according to Robert J. Szczerba, CEO of X Tech Ventures.

Why the FDA's 23andMe decision is dangerous for health data security

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow 23andMe to market a genetic test directly to consumers will help further innovation, but will also open the doors for the sale of personal patient information, according to Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.

VA misuses $92.5M for health IT project

The Veterans Health Administration's Chief Business Office violated the law by misusing $92.5 million for an IT project, according to a report by the VA Office of Inspector General.

How El Centro rebuilt IT infrastructure to improve security

When El Centro de Corazón, a health organization in Houston, set out to rebuild their IT infrastructure to ensure security of their systems, they found that trust between the executive team and their IT support was paramount.

UPMC computer simulation helps to examine potential measles outbreaks

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health recently unveiled a computer simulation that examines how a potential measles outbreak would impact cities in the United States.

China linked to Anthem attack

The massive hack attack on health insurer Anthem's database that compromised information for 78.8 million consumers has been connected to the Chinese government.

Med student interest in informatics greater than knowledge of training opportunities

Even as healthcare becomes more about using technology to gain knowledge from reams of data, medical students' interest in pursing clinical informatics (CI) training outpaces their knowledge about opportunities to do so, according to a new study at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.