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How the VA addresses medical device security

The Department of Veterans Affairs uses a two-pronged "defense in depth" strategy to secure its systems, including its networked medical devices, according to CIO Stephen Warren.

Medicaid managed care organization rule supports EHRs, health info exchange

The new proposed rule that updates the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) regulations supports both electronic health record systems and health information exchange.

Telemedicine docs prescribe more broad-spectrum antibiotics

While patients treated for an acute respiratory infection were as likely to be prescribed an antibiotic whether treated by telemedicine or in person, those who saw a doctor virtually were more likely to be prescribed a broad-spectrum antibiotic, according to a study from Rand Corp. published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Organizations vary in ability to use CDS to cut malpractice risk

Healthcare providers vary widely in their ability to use clinical decision support tools to assess malpractice risks, according to research published online Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Hospitals expand monitoring to catch subtle warnings

Healthcare providers are expanding their methods for 24-hour patient-monitoring, factoring in subtle but important signs of worsening conditions.

Independent researcher discovers infusion pump security flaws

Through an independent investigation on medical infusion pumps, security researcher Billy Rios found security vulnerabilities in the devices, which prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning on the tools.

ICD-10 will cause various problems for EDs

Emergency departments will feel negative impacts from the changeover to the new ICD-10 coding system, according to a paper published this month in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

USDA taking grant applications for telemedicine projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the $19 million it plans to award through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.

VA struggles with security continue; number of vets impacted rises

Veterans who saw their personal health information compromised rose once again in April after a sharp fall in March; 987 vets were affected last month, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Health providers lack IT infrastructure roadmap

The lack of a holistic digital healthcare strategy means the adoption of connected healthcare infrastructure is not uniform across the world, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

Cloud videoconferencing for healthcare has benefits, detractors

Videoconferencing from the cloud, compared to more traditional technologies, has many benefits, but issues may still arise in using such a platform.

Health IT should rely on design, not engineering

When creating new technology for healthcare, new tools should not be engineered so users have to conform to them, but designed with how it will be used in mind, according to Leonard D'Avolio, director of Informatics at Ariadne Labs, a joint venture of Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.

4 factors impacting quality in health data warehouses

The frequency and method for updating a data warehouse, start date and the dynamic nature of data in the source electronic health record all affect the quality of information used for research and quality initiatives, according to a study from the Cleveland Clinic.

Bill would OK telehealth use by VA healthcare providers across state lines

A new bill introduced by House lawmakers would allow health professionals working for the Department of Veterans Affairs to practice telemedicine across state borders.

HHS Office for Civil Rights sends preliminary surveys for Phase 2 of HIPAA audit program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has sent pre-audit screening surveys to covered entities that could be selected to participate in Phase 2 of the HIPAA audit program, OCR has confirmed.

Pediatric telemedicine program with rural EDs nets savings

A pediatric telemedicine program can improve quality, safety and patient satisfaction while also saving money, according to new research from the University of California-Davis Children's Hospital.

US House members possibly impacted by CareFirst cyberattack

Consumers impacted by a cyberattack on CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield may have also included House lawmakers.

In-person consult mandates provide hurdles to telemedicine

New state laws could have a "chilling effect" on the adoption of telemedicine.

VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which failed its Federal Information Security Management Act Audit for Fiscal Year 2014, is taking major steps to fix its cybersecurity in the wake of increasing scrutiny over vulnerabilities and cyberdeficiencies at the agency.

Security experts worry about 'spear phishing' in wake of CareFirst breach

Security experts weighing in on Wednesday's breach of health insurer CareFirst, which impacted 1.1 million current and former customers, said the compromised information could be used for everything from medical identity fraud to future attacks geared toward extracting even more data from victims. What's more, they believe this is only the beginning for breaches of this nature.