Electronic pharmacy claims data helps prevent med errors

The use of electronic pharmacy claims data showed significant potential to prevent medication errors among patients with complex medication regimens, according to a study published at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Crowdsourcing diagnoses shows potential, but issues remain

While some patients with long undiagnosed problems seem to be helped by online crowdsourcing, there are issues to be resolved to make such a method truly effective, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Health IT VC funding hits $4.6 billion in 2015, Mercom Capital reports

The health IT sector brought in $4.6 billion in venture capital funding in 2015, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group.

Teledermatology helps improve access to face-to-face care

A teledermatology program helped improve patient access to face-to-face care in a study at the Mann-Grandstaff Spokane Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.

NIH to launch 'Commons' to help scientific researchers better share data

The National Institutes of Health is launching a new project to help scientific researchers better share information.

Legislators voice frustrations with VA handling of benefits management system

Lawmakers are growing impatient with the Department of Veterans Affairs over its electronic benefits management system, according to a report from Nextgov.

State Medicare policies for telemedicine impact use of services

State policies on telemedicine use under Medicare can have a great impact on adoption of the technology, according to a report published in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Network aims to link regional health data, open it up to the public

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement has set its sights on making regional health data open to the public to inform patients about the performance of hospitals and physicians.


Online program helps female vets manage postpartum depression

A University of Iowa researcher is reporting positive results from an online program to help female veterans cope with postpartum depression.

How HIEs can reduce repeat imaging, save money

Physicians with access to a health information exchange order fewer repeat imaging tests, which leads to moderate savings, according to research in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Attorney: Congress must address health privacy issues in 2016

Congress will have to address a number of privacy issues in health legislation throughout 2016, according to attorney Kirk Nahra, of law firm Wiley Rein.

New CEO, Epic implementation may have caused top leaders to leave Denver Health Medical Center

An exodus of executives and doctors at Denver Health Medical Center may have been prompted by the addition of a new CEO and large investments made to install Epic at the health system.

HIMSS' Carla Smith: How health IT will help bring about patient-centered care in 2016

Value-based and person-centered care were common topics in 2015, but 2016 will be the year those concepts become a greater reality, Carla Smith, HIMSS executive vice president, writes in a post at iHealthBeat. 

GAO: Holding VA to time frame on benefits management system will be difficult

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress in implementing its electronic benefits management system, but delays continue to plague the rollout, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Health IT has role to play in Joe Biden's 'moonshot' to cure cancer

A "moonshot" initiative spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden is underway to find a cure for cancer, and health IT will have a big role to play in the effort.

Don't overlook health industry relevance of FTC report on big data use, health attorney says

A new report published last week by the Federal Trade Commission on the use of big data is relevant to the agency's stance on how such information should be handled with regard to healthcare, according to health attorney David Harlow.

HHS launches Invent Health to support small-scale inventors

A new venture from the Health and Humans Services Department's Idea Lab, Invent Health, is looking for inventors to create new tools to advance healthcare.

Public-private partnership aims to lure health technology innovators to Massachusetts

Massachusetts looks to secure its place in the healthcare industry as a digital innovation hub through a public-private partnership that aims to lure tech innovators to the state, according to an announcement from Gov. Charlie Baker.

AMA invests $15M to launch healthcare innovation company

The American Medical Association is jumping into healthcare innovation with a $15 million investment to help launch Health2047 Inc., a company that will examine solutions to the most pressing challenges in healthcare.

Analytics a catalyst for clinical evolution at Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine's analytics efforts are highlighting how big data can save lives.