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MedVirginia CEO: HIE must be the rule, not the exception for docs

Data exchange must become the norm for doing business in healthcare, according to Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia, a regional health information exchange in central and eastern Virginia.

American Well puts telehealth services in physicians' hands

With its newest venture, Telehealth 2.0, American Well looks to put telehealth services in physicians' pockets.

Big data's biggest healthcare challenge: Making sense of it all

Collecting healthcare data on patients and populations will soon be easier than ever for the industry, it's making sense of all the information that will be the biggest challenge, according to Drew Harris, M.D., director of health policy at Thomas Jefferson University's School of Population Health in Philadelphia.

Hospital designs make room for technology

Hospital room designs are changing to accommodate technology's rising role in care and to help improve patient safety.

Despite support, HIMSS notes lack of security in ONC interoperability standards advisory

Two groups have come out in support of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, while offering comments on fixes that can be made to the draft.

National clinical data registries 'substandard'

Patient treatment selection, health policy development and hospital performance evaluation efforts all are impacted negatively by poor data monitoring and reporting via the use of "substandard" clinical registries, according to research out of Johns Hopkins University.

For Cleveland Clinic, analytics is about putting data to work

Cleveland is focusing on making data useful rather than just interesting as part of its push to embed data analytics into its core culture, according to an article at Healthcare Informatics.

4 guiding principles to patient control of health data

Patients should have complete control over their health information, and it's time for Congress to update data policy and privacy rules, according to David Brailer, former National Coordinator for Health IT.

Premier: Make interoperability mandatory in 21st Century Cures

The Premier healthcare alliance urges lawmakers to make health IT interoperability mandatory in the 21st Century Cures legislation, an updated draft of which was unveiled Wednesday.

Providers look to take telemedicine to the next level

Telemedicine is becoming more mainstream, and now healthcare providers, payers and other industry professionals look to the take technology even further.

House updates language for 21st Century Cures Act

House leaders on Wednesday unveiled an updated draft of the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to "accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery cycle to get promising new treatments and cures to patients more quickly."

Few healthcare organizations using advanced analytics tools

Although data analytics are seen as a way to improve care and save money, only 10 percent of organizations use advanced tools to capitalize on information, according to a new survey from KPMG.

Teladoc possibly heading toward IPO

Teladoc, a growing provider of telemedicine services, is moving closer to an initial public offering, according to a MedCity News report.

Poor data security hinders healthcare progress, innovation

Progress in the healthcare industry depends on the free flow of information--but with that comes the need to ensure that data is secure.

David Blumenthal: Healthcare's future depends on security, interoperability

New health information technologies could revolutionize the quality and convenience of future healthcare services, but privacy and security issues, as well as the looming problem of interoperability, must be dealt with first, according to David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund.

ONC's Andrew Gettinger to focus on learning health system

With a goal in mind to work toward an IT-enabled learning health system, Andrew Gettinger, M.D., is stepping into the role of chief medical information officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

To err is human; EHRs must account for that, panelists say

To err is human, so when it comes to electronic health records, better technology is what's needed to make the programs safer, panelists said Wednesday during Politico's Outside In kick-off event in the District of Columbia.

Medical providers should make health data free to patients

Technology makes patient access to medical records easier than ever, but the cost of such data prevents many from doing so, according to Niam Yaraghi and Joshua Bleiberg, fellows at the Brookings Institution.

Revamped MEDTECH Act looks to exempt low-risk software from FDA guidance

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) late Monday unveiled a revamped version of their Medical Electronic Data Technology Enhancement for Consumers' Health (MEDTECH) Act, which aims to exempt low-risk medical software and mobile apps from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration while clarifying which offerings fall under federal authority.

CDS vendors, users: National standards could solve many problems

A study on the views of clinical decision support found tension between clinical users and vendors, as well as a shared belief that national standards could solve many of the problems.