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What hospital CIOs can learn from the Target data breach

Last year's Target data breach, in which up to 110 million credit card numbers were stolen from the company's network, wasn't an isolated event or tough luck for one company and its customers. The fact is, such a data breach could happen to any organization, including hospitals and health systems. Check out these three strategies to avoid falling prey to such a massive data breach.

Apps promoting reflection boost job satisfaction among hospital staff

Hospital workers spent more time in reflection--a type of informal learning on the job--and reported greater job satisfaction from the use of apps that foster reflection, according to the Journal of...

Online resource to aid small practices with ICD-10 switch

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a free online resource called "Road to 10" to help small practices make the transition to ICD-10. "This transition is...

Bill Spooner: You're only as strong as the people you work with

In part 2 of an exclusive interview with FierceHealthIT, former Sharp HealthCare CIO Bill Spooner shares his advice for new CIOs in the industry, as well as lessons learned.

Toshiba sees health tech for seniors as a $10 billion opportunity

Toshiba sees healthcare technology for seniors as a $10 billion opportunity, according to an article in Senior Housing News. The company is using LED televisions and imaging displays to launch its latest series of mobile tech solutions available for older adults, clinicians and other healthcare providers via a subsidiary.

Telehealth services market on steep upward trajectory

Revenue in the telehealth services industry is expected to grow by an annualized 30.7 percent to $320.2 million in the next five years, including revenue growth of 23.1 percent in 2014, according to...

Docs, nurses learn to get along in simulation game

A new simulation game aims to teach doctors and nurses how to work more collaboratively and avoid conflicts in order to prevent dangerous or sometimes fatal miscommunications.

CMS wants improper eRx payments back

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to recover improper payments made through its Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive (eRx) Program, according to a recent notice published in the Federal Register.

HHS, HITRUST aim to prep health industry for cyber attacks

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) have announced they will be conducting monthly threat briefings, starting in April, in an expansion of industry cyber threat preparedness and education efforts.

CMS confirms dates, figures for ICD-10 testing

End-to-end ICD-10 testing for providers, announced late last month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will take place this July, CMS confirmed on Friday.

How can self-tracking be used for the public good?

Consumers who track their own health data are willing to contribute that information to larger research projects--and researchers eager to use it--if some basic concerns can be worked out, according to the Health Data Exploration (HDE) project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Despite safety disputes, med robot market on the rise

Due to a shift in the healthcare industry toward minimally invasive procedures performed with robot technology--for which safety often is disputed--the medical robot market is set to explode.

How HealthCare.gov's failure has become a learning tool

Healthcare leaders need to read "Code Red: Inside the nightmare launch of HealthCare.gov and the team that figured out how to fix it." Steven Brill's article in the March 10, 2014, issue of Time is a must-read for several reasons.

Hospital CIOs: Despite MU hardship exemptions, pressure remains high

Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently published Meaningful Use hardship exemption guidance, hospital CIOs who serve on FierceHealthIT's Editorial Advisory Board said that the incentive program will still put their organizations under tremendous pressure.

Database collaboration seeks to enable better long-term outcomes

A database collaboration between the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons will link clinical data and allow for tracking of long-term patient outcomes.

Clinical registry sampling inaccurate for measuring hospital efficiency

The use of clinical data registries to measure hospital performance is inaccurate, particularly because in most cases, such tools determine efficiency via sampling rather than looking at 100 percent...

HIE use results in fewer hospitalizations, cost savings

Using a health information exchange system may reduce hospitalizations from the emergency department and save money, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College published this week in Applied Clinical Informatics.

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.