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Colorado, Maryland HIEs experiment with ways to leverage data

As the amount of data flowing through health information exchanges grows, those in charge of the systems are looking at ways to capitalize on that data and use it to help patients.

Aneesh Chopra: Too many bystanders in health IT

Demand and participation eventually will drive use of open public application program interfaces in healthcare for sharing information between entities, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra predicts. However, he said, first providers must be more willing to make the initial jump onto the bandwagon.

NATE Blue Button trust bundle to improve sharing between providers, patients

A trust bundle created by the National Association for Trusted Exchange will help create a more interoperable patient-mediated exchanged, according to an announcement.

More frequent health IT forecasts could improve planning

More frequent health technology forecasts can help organizations determine whether--and when--to invest in the latest innovations, according to an article published at Health Affairs.

Former ONC heads: Payment reform beneficial, but business model still broken

National Coordinators for Health IT past and present gathered at ONC's annual meeting Tuesday in the District of Columbia to talk about where the agency has been and where it is going, with the role of payment reform in interoperabilty garnering the most passionate discussion.

HIMSS wants more Congressional action to spur interoperability

Calling the nation's current healthcare infrastructure inadequate for ubiquitous exchange of patient information, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society recently published four recommendations for Congress to spur interoperability.

ONC announces grants to leverage Beacon, workforce training programs

The Office of the National Coordinator is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to interoperability--announcing more than $36 million in grants to bolster its efforts.

ONC 2015: Providers discuss barriers to population, public health efforts

While innovative technologies and data analytics sets currently are helping providers in their quest to improve population and public health management efforts, barriers persist for those who need care the most. At the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's annual meeting in the District of Columbia on Monday, a panel of providers discussed concerns about various barriers, in addition to providing updates about their progress.

HHS bolsters HIE, interoperability efforts with $28 million grant program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled Tuesday a two-year grant program for $28 million to advance the adoption and use of interoperable health IT tools and services to support health information exchange.

Study: Federal health payment program must reward innovation, as well as efficiency

As the U.S. healthcare industry moves toward value-based payments, it must create appropriate incentives for innovation as well as efficiency, according to an article at Health Affairs that examines hospital add-on payments for innovative technology.

Obama's FY16 budget includes support for interoperability, Medicare data sharing

President Barack Obama's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016, released Monday, looks to boost sharing and access to electronic health information.

FDA rethinks regulatory approach for next-generation sequencing

Amid President Barack Obama's planned Precision Medicine Initiative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is evaluating its regulatory approach to next-generation sequencing.

Cerner wraps up acquisition of Siemens Health Services

Cerner Corp.'s acquisition of Siemens Health Services wrapped up today, according to an announcement.

Lawmakers blast CMS, HHS for Healthcare.gov privacy issues

In light of a report that Healthcare.gov might violate consumers' privacy rights by giving their personal data to third-party sites, lawmakers wrote a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell requesting information about the safety and security of the site.

Researchers fail to find savings with home telemonitoring among older adults

Home telemonitoring failed to significantly save money over usual care among older adults with multiple chronic conditions, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Virtual Clipboard to improve patient data collection

Using smart technology and mobile devices, Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange President and CEO Devin Jopp wants to improve health information sharing through a virtual clipboard.

Robots to help reduce workplace injuries at UCSF Medical Center

Patients and doctors aren't the only ones who will be roaming the halls at the newly opened UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco--a fleet of 25 robots will carry blood samples, food, medication and more around the facility.

FSMB refutes 'false and misleading' statements on telemedicine compact

In the wake of "false and misleading public statements" about the Federation of State Medical Boards' interstate licensure compact, FSMB is releasing a fact sheet to refute such comments.

Report serves as a 'call to action' on bringing innovative devices to market

A report released this week by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) focuses on why it takes so long to bring innovative devices and drugs to market.

Philly's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital turns to telemedicine to boost quality

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia is investing in virtual medical service as a means to provide care in the least-costly setting.