West Health: 4 ways to 'ignite interoperability'

A new whitepaper released Monday by the San Diego-based West Health Institute provides a detailed summary of the group's Health Care Innovation Day, held last month in Washington, D.C. In addition to outlining the day's events, West Health also listed several actions it believes are essential to "igniting an interoperable healthcare system."

Arizona to study best practices for patient matching

Arizona plans to explore best practices and alternative approaches to correctly match patients to all of their available records across multiple organizations. The effort is part of the Health IT...

Payers and mobile apps: Engaging patients and cutting costs

By Ashley Gold The latest mobile apps to gain popularity aren't just addictive games or social network-focused--health payers have recognized the importance of mobile apps for their members and...

Bedside optical monitoring can lead to individualized stroke care; UVA researchers find genetic variant for increased stroke risk;

News From Around the Web > Using bedside optical monitoring of cerebral blood flow showed promising results for individualized stroke care, according to research from the University of...

Open-source population health module achieves 2014 EHR certification

A free population health tool that can import data and calculate, display and export electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) is now certified as a 2014 electronic health record module, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. 

When technology is a barrier to care

Are doctors suffering at the hands of the Herzberg principle--which says that the best way to discourage workers is to subject them to policies and procedures that don't make sense? 

Care-coordination grant helps Unity tie data together

A $14 million state grant for data sharing and improved care coordination provided the means and opportunity for Rochester, N.Y.-based Unity Health System to build a private infrastructure that ties...

New initative to focus on 'harmonizing' CDS, electronic clinical quality measurement standards

While lauding the Health eDecisions project for its work to set standards to support clinical decision support, a Health IT Buzz post announces a new initiative called the Clinical Quality Framework...

Christus Health CIO: Focus on population health management

George Conklin, CIO and senior vice president of Irving, Texas-based Christus Health, says population management health is one way to utilize health IT while at the same time dealing with slashed...

David Blumenthal: Benefits of HIT programs will surface with time

An "asymmetry of benefits" for providers has kept the healthcare industry from ubiquitous adoption of health IT--and electronic health records, in particular--and thus realizing its full potential, according to David Blumenthal, former national coordinator for health IT and current president of The Commonwealth Fund.

Indian Health Service systems hacked in mock cyber attack

The 28-hospital Indian Health Service--a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services agency that provides healthcare to Native American and Alaskan Natives--failed a mock cyber attack carried out by the HHS Office of Inspector General, according to a report.

Watson project to focus on individualized treatment of brain cancer

The New York Genome Center and IBM have announced a partnership to focus the Watson technology on helping oncologists deliver more personalized care to cancer patients, according to an announcement....

ONC initiative aims to improve data exchange in emergencies

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is launching a campaign to promote an interoperable and connected emergency system.

Memorial Healthcare's Frank Fear: Federal initiatives strain our workforce

For emergency room doctors at Lansing, Mich.-based Memorial Healthcare, the implementation of virtual desktops helped to dramatically improve workflow, according to CIO Frank Fear. In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT, Fear discussed challenges with the virtual desktop rollout, which included personnel needing to focus on federal initiatives like Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ICD-10.

Leapfrog, Castlight partner on hospital quality reporting efforts

The Leapfrog Group announced Tuesday that it will partner with Castlight Health on a consumer-friendly analysis of nationwide health performance. 

Security, M&A among hospital CIO frustrations for 2014

As 2014 kicks into full gear, what topics elicit fear and frustration among health CIOs? Bonnie Siegel, a healthcare IT recruiter for Witt/Kieffer, shared some of her takeaways from discussions with CIOs at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' CIO Forum in Orlando, Fla.


Telemedicine success will hinge on patience, maturation

Arizona Telemedicine Program Director Ronald Weinstein believes that while telemedicine success doesn't come easy, patience is key to positive results.

Patient monitoring technology market to reach $5.1B by 2020

The U.S. market for patient monitoring technology--increasingly moving outside the hospital--is expected to grow to more than $5.1 billion by 2020, according to a new report by iData Research. The...

What hospital CIOs can learn from the Target data breach

Last year's Target data breach, in which up to 110 million credit card numbers were stolen from the company's network, wasn't an isolated event or tough luck for one company and its customers. The fact is, such a data breach could happen to any organization, including hospitals and health systems. Check out these three strategies to avoid falling prey to such a massive data breach.