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How new health IT employees can adapt to an industry in flux

The old maxim about the only constant being change holds true in health IT careers.

Genomics one of most demanding domains for data collection

Genomics is a "four-headed beast" when it comes to data collection, according to the authors of a research paper at PLOS Biology.

Innovation's role in helping hospitals improve delivery

The Innovation Institute brings multiple health systems and like-minded partners together to collaborate on big-picture care delivery issues. "Prevention" is at the top of every list. It is also something all health systems can get in front of through innovation.

Privileged access controls essential to healthcare security strategy

Recent healthcare data breaches in which hackers got in through administrator credentials highlight the need for privileged access management, Sudhakar Gummadi, chief information security officer at California-based Molina Healthcare, says in an interview.

IPOs boost digital health funding in first half of 2015

In the first half of 2015, digital health funding has surpassed $2 billion, keeping close pace with 2014, which was a record-breaking year for the industry, according to a report from Rock Health.

West Health's Joseph Smith: Health systems must push for interoperability as a requirement

For interoperability between medical devices to become a reality, providers have to be the ones to ask that integration be a requirement, according to Joseph Smith, M.D., chief medical and science officer at the West Health Institute.

AMA on board with CMS plan to ease ICD-10 transition

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is introducing measures in conjunction with the American Medical Association to ease the transition to ICD-10 this fall.

Docs less confident in cybersecurity plans

Doctors have less confidence in their organizations' ability to thwart cyberattacks than that of hospital administrators and IT leaders, according to a recent survey.

Mayo Clinic absorbs costs for telehealth services not covered by Medicare

Medicare won't reimburse for many telemedicine services, so Mayo Clinic is absorbing the costs at seven of its hospitals.

CMS: Third round of ICD-10 testing boasts 90 percent acceptance rate

Claims from 90 percent of the more than 1,200 submitters who participated in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' third ICD-10 acknowledgement testing week were accepted, the agency has announced.

Report: IoT in healthcare could have economic impact of up to $1.7T

The Internet of Things, when used to improve healthcare and help those with chronic conditions, could have an economic impact ranging from $170 billion to $1.7 trillion a year, according to a recent report from McKinsey & Company.

Board members at healthcare organizations lack understanding of cybersecurity risks

Directors on corporate boards in all industries have trouble understanding the risks that cybersecurity presents, but none more so than those in healthcare.

CHIME calls on Senate committee to push for patient ID matching, quality measure reporting

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives address the need for patient identification, quality measurements and more in recent recommendations to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

VA's Stephen Warren: Cybersecurity a 'cultural' responsibility

Outgoing Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Stephen Warren shared the agency's streamlined cybersecurity strategic objectives on a call with reporters July 1, stressing the importance of maintaining security while simultaneously ensuring mission delivery.

Leapfrog Group CEO: HIT funds should go toward ensuring systems are safe

Technology is meant to make work at hospitals easier and improve patient care, but often installing new systems can go awry and many health administrators lack experience with the new tools, according to Leah Binder, president and CEO of the nonprofit Leapfrog Group.

Digital health market continues to 'mature' in 2015

The digital health market continues to mature as we move into the second half of 2015, with Fitbit's IPO and a focus on personalized medicine leading the way, according to a mid-year report from StartUp Health.

Healthcare gets poor rating for application security

The healthcare industry fares poorly compared to other industries in reducing application security risk, according to a report from application security vendor Veracode.

Teladoc IPO raises $157 million

Telehealth platform company Teladoc, on Tuesday, announced that its initial public offering would be priced at $19 per share.

ICD-10 training: How one hospital shifted away from dual coding

Engaging in dual coding as the deadline to transition to ICD-10 moves closer to reality is not an optimal strategy, according to Walter Houlihan, director of health information management and clinical documentation at Springfield, Massachusetts-based Baystate Health.

Joseph Kvedar: Connectivity key to 'knit together' health data

As patients continue to receive care outside of the standard hospital setting--such as at home and retail clinics--connectivity will be key, according to Joseph Kvedar, M.D., director for the Boston-based Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health.