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Whole genome scanners not prime-time ready

While whole genome sequencing scanners have improved rapidly over the last 10 years, they still aren't ready to go mainstream, according to research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Bill Spooner: National patient-matching efforts need some work

According to former Sharp HealthCare CIO Bill Spooner, patient matching efforts should be more about improving safety than achieving perfection. To that end, Spooner, who recently retired after 18 years leading the San Diego-based health system's IT initiatives--and 35 years overall at Sharp--told FierceHealthIT in an exclusive interview that the government shouldn't be so quick to dismiss use of a universal identifier.

Geisinger CEO: Healthcare BI 'about to enter the 19th century'

According to Glenn Steele, CEO of Geisinger Health System, there's no outcome that can't be improved, and smarter business intelligence comes from insightful use data.

Fitch: ICD-10 transition has negative credit implications for some hospitals

The financial impact of ICD-10 is expected to be manageable for nonprofit hospitals, but the potential for a revenue cycle disruption could have negative credit reverberations, according to a new Fitch Ratings report.

NIST offers recommendations for integrating EHRs into workflow

A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides recommendations for EHR vendors and ambulatory care centers to improve the way EHRs are integrated into clinical...

Healthcare execs say ACA increases risk to patient data

A lack of proven security in the health insurance marketplaces is a key threat to patient information, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute, which also lists criminal attacks,...

5 health technology startups that shined at SXSW

Health technology startups shined this year at South by Southwest Interactive at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, according to VentureBeat.

Report: Global HIE market to reach $878 million by 2018

The global healthcare information exchange (HIE) market is expected to grow to $878 million by 2018 from $558 million in 2013, according to a new report from Dallas-based research firm...

HIT workforce training programs: A roundup of successes and complaints

Though funding ended Sept. 30 for the ONC Health IT Workforce Training Programs, the universities and community colleges involved are continuing training, according to an evaluation by the National...

CMS amends Meaningful Use hardship exemption to include EHR vendor delays

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday updated language in its hardship exception applications for Fiscal Year 2015 for both eligible hospitals and eligible professionals participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use incentive program. The updates come in the wake of hardship exception flexibility announced Feb. 27 at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla.

OCR levies first HIPAA fine against local government

Inaction on the part of a Washington-based hospital following a notification of HIPAA non-compliance has led to the first fine of a local government by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights.

Notifiable disease reporting may double with required electronic lab reporting

Case report volumes for public health departments are forecasted to double when federal requirements for automated electronic laboratory reporting of notifiable diseases go into effect next year, according to a new study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute Inc. and the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

23andMe founder: Health industry incentivizes illness

The founder of controversial personal genomics company 23andMe admitted recently that when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered her company to stop genetic testing last November, it "significantly slowed up" new customers.

Eric Topol: Remote patient monitoring is the future, but we're not there yet

With the promise of remote patient monitoring technologies comes privacy and legal issues, but there is reason to be optimistic, according to Eric Topol, M.D.

Interoperability, patient safety key to ONC budget

The $75 million allocated for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in President Obama's proposed FY 2015 budget will increase focus on interoperability and patient safety,...

'Playbook' aims to bring public health, primary care together via HIT

Doctors from Duke University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the de Beaumont Foundation this week launched the "Practical Playbook," an initiative that aims to bring public health, primary care coordination and population health together through the use of health IT.

Hospital to test Google Glass for real-time ER care

Rhode Island Hospital in Providence appears poised to become the first hospital in the nation to test Google Glass for real-time emergency room care.

Vets need more education to maximize secure messaging use

Veterans enjoy using the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs My HealtheVet patient portal, but could use more education and skill-building to fully take advantage of it, according to a small study published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research

OIG: Medicaid agencies must prioritize information system security

High-risk security vulnerabilities were discovered in audits of information system general controls at 10 state Medicaid agencies between 2010 and 2012, according to a report published this week by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

CHIME CEO Russell Branzell: Time will tell if MU hardship flexibility will help

Despite calling the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent announcement of increased flexibility for hardship exemptions in relation to Meaningful Use Stage 2 "vital relief" for hospital CIOs, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives President and CEO Russell Branzell says that many concerns still remain.