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Health systems must pay 'ICD-10 piper'

When healthcare systems bring on new providers, they must now "pay the ICD-10 piper," according to Linda Reed R.N., vice president and CIO at Morristown, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System.

Doc: It's time to get to work on ICD-10

It's time for ICD-10 to be implemented, and added delays are not likely to motivate organizations any more than the others ones did, says pediatrician Michael Lee, the director of clinical informatics at Atrius Health.

Healthcare industry 'behind by a country mile' in email security

The healthcare industry lags behind almost all others when it comes to privacy and security practices--and that holds true when it comes to email communication as well, according to a recently published report.

Cleveland Clinic partnership aims to boost telemedicine services

The Cleveland Clinic, through a new partnership announced this week with Cox Communications, is looking to improve in-home patient monitoring and treatment services.

Health threat-analysis organizations to boost cybersecurity prep

President Barack Obama's executive order to use information sharing and analysis organizations to boost cybersecurity will raise awareness and help create better coordination between private entities and government, according to Deborah Kobza, executive director of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Lack of resources the biggest hurdle for healthcare organizations in defending cyberattacks

Security professionals in the United States say they feel ill-prepared to defend against cybersecurity attacks, according to new research conducted by The Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lockheed Martin. In all, 678 professionals responsible for directing the cybersecurity activities at their organizations were polled, 114 from the healthcare industry. They rated their ability to defend against cyberattacks at 4.9 on scale of 10.

Intermountain sets aside funds for Healthbox collaboration

Intermountain Healthcare is setting aside $35 million to support a collaboration with healthcare startup accelerator Healthbox.

Health IT execs cite lack of expertise to comply with government mandates

Three in five health IT professionals see government mandates as having a negative effect on the industry, according to a report from cloud-services vendor Peak 10. Ninety-four percent said those mandates affect IT strategy, and a majority say they lack the expertise to effectively comply with them.

Privacy must be at forefront of precision medicine initiatives

As use of precision medicine in healthcare expands, in part because of President Barack Obama's initiative on the practice, privacy issues must be addressed.

Telemedicine helps Shriners ease recovery for burn victims

Telemedicine eases the stress of extensive, ongoing care required for treating burn victims at Shriners Hospitals, according to an article at Dermatology Times.

Cerner, Pfizer efforts highlight promise of big data

A pair of new initiatives from Cerner and Pfizer are highlighting the promise big data holds across the healthcare industry.

Technology a catalyst for top health industry safety, security efforts

Of 50 initiatives highlighted on CSO's annual list of groundbreaking safety and security efforts, 11 are endeavors in the healthcare industry, with eight of those recognized in the top 20.

Health industry on Obama cybersecurity order: Sharing threat data doesn't have to endanger consumer data

Participants in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, including those from the healthcare industry, focused on the need for industry and government to share information to thwart criminals, but at the same time protect consumer privacy.

State med boards, Senates tackle telemedicine

Telemedicine bills are making their way through medical boards and state senates from Florida to Oregon.

HHS effort focuses on innovation for pressing healthcare issues

Health data and child obesity are among the problems that entrepreneurs are searching for solutions to as part of an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

With ICD-10 now on Congress' radar, it's put up--not shut up--time

It seems as if finally--after three delays and endless back-and-forth arguments about merits, costs and complexities—the transition to ICD-10 will happen this October. To briefly recap:

  • First, the deadline was set for October 2011. Then this happened in January 2009
  • Then, the deadline was set for October 2013. Then this happened in February 2012
  • Then, the deadline was pushed back to October 2014. Then this came out of left field last spring

Will the fourth time be the charm?

Anthem partners with credit monitoring service in wake of data breach

In the wake of a breach at Anthem that compromised the information of about 80 million current and former customers, the insurance company will work with AllClear ID to provide identity theft repair and credit monitoring services.

Casual conversation key to beginning vendor-CIO partnership

The best place to start a solid relationship between a chief information officer and a vendor is right at the beginning, according to Daniel Morreale, president of the New Jersey chapter of HIMSS.

Electronic decision aids to improve doctor-patient talks

An international team of researchers has developed a prototype electronic decision aid to help keep the medical information up to date and to foster meaningful conversations between patients and their doctors.

Med schools embrace innovation to help students learn new tech

As the healthcare workforce grapples with using new technologies proliferating the market, medical schools are taking steps to make sure those entering the industry are prepared for new innovation.