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Robert McDonald: VA needs customer focus with IT projects

The Department of Veterans Affairs must focus more on usability with its IT projects, according to Secretary Robert McDonald.

Researchers use data for early sepsis detection

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of deaths in U.S. hospitals, and researchers are turning to health technology in an effort to detect risk for the condition sooner.

FCC vote allows unlicensed devices to operate on same frequency as medical monitors

Unlicensed devices will be allowed to operate on the same frequency as wireless medical telemetry service systems for cardiac and fetal monitoring, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to modernize rules to "accommodate growing demand for ... innovation."

How clearly defined job roles can bolster hospital access management

St. Luke's Health System works closely with its human resources and other business departments to ensure employee access to information is based on a precisely prescribed role, according to Reid Stephan, IT security director.

Pentagon Inspector General: Platform to track blood supplies faulty

Funding for a system created by the Department of Defense to speed up and track blood supplies should be halted until faults with the project can be fixed, according to a report by the department's Inspector General.

IBM to acquire Merge Healthcare in $1B deal

IBM is taking its Watson technology one step further through a $1 billion acquisition of medical image management platform Merge Healthcare.

Telehealth underused in coordinating care for children with special needs

Telehealth can be an ideal option for bringing services to children with special healthcare needs when available providers are scarce or not well distributed, according to a report from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

FDA focuses on informatics platform as part of precision medicine work

A new project by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will create a collaborative informatics community to help advance precision medicine.

Digital innovation is changing the behavioral healthcare landscape

In 2013, nearly 44 million adults suffered from at least one form of a mental illness. Furthermore, nearly 10 million adults also suffered from a mental illness that was severe enough to hinder at least one "major life activity." Clearly, the need for behavioral healthcare across the country has never been greater. And in today's constantly connected, digitally fueled world, neither has the need for tools and technologies designed to treat those who are suffering.

HIE sustainability: How organizations stay relevant, innovative [Special Report]

Amid the push to improve interoperability between providers using disparate electronic health record systems, the importance of health information exchanges (HIEs) cannot be overlooked.

 

For this special report FierceHealthIT spoke with officials from three thriving HIEs about their current models for success, as well as future plans to remain relevant and challenges to sustainability. Report

Bill looks to allow skilled nursing facilities to apply for broadband funding

A bill introduced in the Senate would allow nursing facilities to apply for a program that funds broadband services for healthcare in rural communities.

Secure messaging: What providers want

When choosing a secure messaging platform, Annapolis Internal Medicine looked for a platform that would integrate into its electronic medical record and was mobile-friendly.

Primary care providers: HIT is a positive disruption

Primary-care providers' have mixed views when it comes to changes in healthcare delivery and payment, but many see health information technology as a positive disruption.

Various telehealth definitions, policies 'confusing' for providers

While 48 states and the District of Columbia all have definitions of telehealth or telemedicine written into law or their Medicaid program, differences in those definitions are creating "confusing environments" for end users, according to a new report by the Center for Connected Health Policy.

Telemedicine key to sustaining healthcare in US

When it comes to healthcare, "perfect cannot be the enemy of good" and telemedicine may be one of the best ways to reduce costs and get Americans the timely care they need, according to Richard Boxer, M.D., chief telehealth officer of Pager and chief medical officer of Well Via.

American College of Cardiology sets its sights on population health management

Population health management has become a critical part of the American College of Cardiology's efforts, with the organization making it a key part of its five-year strategic plan.

Succession planning a 'responsibility' for healthcare leaders

With shorter tenures and less loyalty to companies, it's essential that healthcare leaders have a succession plan in place, according to Sarah Richardson, CIO at Naples, Florida-based NCH Healthcare System.

Docs far behind hospitals in ICD-10 implementation

While a majority of hospitals and health systems say they are ready or will be ready for ICD-10 by Oct. 1, many physician practices continue to struggle with implementation.

4 interoperability challenges for healthcare providers

To achieve interoperability, much work remains for all healthcare organizations, with many challenges yet to be overcome, according to Lisa Khorey, executive director of EY Advisory Health Care.

Geisinger's Nicholas Marko: Early EMR adoption has propelled innovation [Q&A]

As an early adopter of electronic medical records, Geisinger Health System is well-equipped to use health data in new and innovative ways. Because the Danville, Pa.-based provider has had a system-wide EMR since the mid-1990s, both clinicians and researchers are very confident navigating mounds of patient information and using it to improve patient care processes, Chief Data Officer Nicholas Marko says.