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Docs in Europe have mixed reactions to mHealth, digital tools

Doctors throughout the United Kingdom, France and Germany have mixed feelings about digital health technologies, with one in five saying that lifestyle apps are a fad, according to a recent report.

HIPAA technical controls no silver bullet for securing patient data

Putting too much trust in technical controls could be a big mistake in a provider organization's security strategy, according to Jeffrey Wilson, director of information services in assurance and IT security at Albany Medical Center.

How CIOs can ensure budgets include room for innovation

Although the opportunity for innovation in the healthcare technology space is unlimited, the money for new projects and ventures often is not, particularly for hospitals and health systems.

Cancer data sharing drives collaboration between California health department, St. Joseph Health

St. Joseph Health and the California Department of Public Health are teaming up on a project to collect and share cancer data.

IT touted in CMS initiative to improve substance abuse treatment

The use of health information technology to enhance care coordination is part of a new initiative announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week to improve access to substance use disorder treatment options.

New ONC grants to boost data exchange, population health efforts

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will award $38 million in grant funding to 20 entities to help boost the adoption of health information exchange technology, improve population health strategies and update training materials for use of health IT tools.

Privacy advocate Deborah Peel: Government HIT initiatives strip patients of data control

Privacy advocate Deborah Peel calls government health IT initiatives "more of the same old, same old measures to increase the spread and use" of personal data while taking control out of patients' hands.

BPC calls on Congress to 'modernize' device, drug development

A new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center provides policy actions that Congress can undertake when it comes to reducing the time and cost of developing drugs and devices and delivering them into the healthcare marketplace.

OIG attorney outlines health documentation best practices

As the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General continues to crack down on fraud, copying and pasting text in electronic health records remains one of the easiest ways to run into trouble, according to Felicia Heimer, a senior attorney with OIG.

Four ways data helps Minnesota's health department cut costs

Using data from readmissions, emergency department use and hospital admissions, the Minnesota Department of Public Health is finding room for improvement when it comes to cutting costs.

Pentagon to announce DHMSM contract winner this week

The Department of Defense is poised to announce the winner of its electronic health record system contract this week.

Athenahealth CEO predicts 'healthcare Internet' in five years

Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush foresees a "healthcare Internet" in place within five years.

How free mapping tools can shield docs from ICD-10 pain

While hospitals and other healthcare organizations have spent millions on consultants to help them transition to ICD-10, health IT developers have spurned the opportunity to insulate clinicians from having to deal with the administrative codes, according to former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider.

Online education to help meet need for sophisticated health IT workforce

There is increasing need for sophisticated technology workers in the industry, and education is one way to meet that need, according to Health and Human Services Department employees Michelle Washko and Jon White.

American Well 'exchanges' to connect patients immediately with providers

Patients will soon be able to use American Well services to find physicians immediately available for an online consultation or in-office appointment.

Bill Frist: Federal, state changes needed to advance telemedicine

Telemedicine offers the potential to address the access, cost and quality problems in the U.S. healthcare system, but requires change at the federal and state levels to do so, according to Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Health records a sticking point in debate over national data breach notification standards

Health records appear to be a big factor in why proposed data breach notification legislation has stalled.

Panel: Despite health industry advances, education remains in 'Dark Ages'

Healthcare education is still "back in the Dark Ages," and as new advances in information and technology change the industry, the way the workforce learns and is educated also needs a reboot, according to panelists attending STEMHealth's forum "Moving at the Speed of Healthcare."

How telemedicine partnerships can reduce hospital readmissions

Telemedicine systems, including remote presence technology, have evolved over the years from stationary workstations to mobile carts to the latest "robotic" units that self-propel themselves down our hospital corridors without a driver, according to preprogrammed GPS instructions.

Researchers: Widespread industry support key to success of health IT safety efforts

While the newly proposed Health IT Safety Center Roadmap for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT represents progress in terms of improving the implementation and use of tools within healthcare, strong, multistakeholder support will be necessary to ensure the industry stays on the right path, say researchers Dean Sittig and Hardeep Singh.