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AHIMA's Bowman to docs: Don't fear ICD-10

Despite all the grumbling about the switch to ICD-10, physicians find it more natural to the way they practice, Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at the American Health Information Management Association, said in an interview at Healthcare Informatics.

Congressman, FCC head tout government efforts to improve health IT

Hospitals and health organizations are not the only key players in health IT, government agencies such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Federal Communications Commission also play an important role. 

Industry experts: Expand patient access, education to personal health info

Patients increasingly have access to their health records, and that means finding ways to improve access and ensure patients know how to use the information, according to panelists at a health summit Monday.

William Hersh: HIT education has undergone a 'huge change'

While William Hersh, professor and chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, believes that technology is crucial to health IT education, he doesn't think it's necessarily the most important aspect of the industry for students to master. In an exclusive interview, Hersh touches on the evolution of health IT education over the better part of three decades, as well as how he thinks recent federal legislation impacts his efforts.

Telemedicine call center helps reduce cardiac readmissions

Telemedicine helped reduce the rate of readmissions among patients after hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to new research published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

ONC survey: Nearly half of patients given online access to records use it

For providers fretting over the patient engagement requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2), a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should offer some encouragement.

DeSalvo touts interoperability, Blue Button at Consumer Health IT Summit

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare.

ONC names new head for Consumer e-Health program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced on Thursday that Lana Moriarty will serve as the agency's Acting Director for Consumer e-Health.

As funding ends, sustainability plan vital to i2b2 project

Developing a sustainability model for the Integrating Biology and the Bedside project, or i2b2, should be a national priority as federal funding comes to an end, according to an article published this month in eGEMS.

Congressman wants investigation into Community Health Systems breach

Fallout continues to expand in the wake of the Community Health Systems breach reported last month, with a federal legislator calling for an investigation into the matter.

Analytics key to population health management at St. Vincent's

Analytics tools are the key to advancing change and achieving population health management goals at St. Vincent's Health Partners in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

HIMSS to Congress: 3 actions to improve health IT

HIMSS has presented three "Congressional Asks"--formal requests to Congress to accomplish specific goals to advance health IT.

5 reasons tech adoption is sluggish in healthcare

Robert Pearl, M.D. examines in Forbes the five factors that impact technology adoption in healthcare.

Federal advisers outline 'least-regret' approach for query recommendations

The Nationwide Health Information Network Power Team--a subgroup of the federal Health IT Standards Committee that advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT--on Wednesday outlined a "least regret" approach to query recommendations for the 2017 electronic health record technology certification edition.

How hospital CIOs learn from data, security breaches

Security breaches and privacy protection are the current biggest buzzwords in the healthcare industry, and two Boston-based CIOs recently offered up some advice on how their facilities are working to keep data safe.

Providers: Apple Watch, HealthKit intriguing for patient care, but challenges persist

As Apple looks to team with provider organizations and other health technology vendors on efforts relating to its forthcoming HealthKit platform and its new wearable device, Apple Watch, it will be interesting to see how much traction it gains among clinicians. To that end, we queried our FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board for their thoughts on Apple's new offerings.

Telemedicine beneficial in management of chronic diseases, lowering costs

There are many uses for telemedicine to manage chronic diseases, and no matter the process, the technology offers beneficial results and costs reductions, according to a recent study.

Ebola scare, HAI crackdown to boost sales of infection-control software

U.S. hospitals say they're not prepared to treat a deadly infection like Ebola, and while they've put infection-control technology on the back burner, that's quickly changing, according to a survey from Black Book.

Researchers: Use evidence to create an effective big data health policy

Though big data offers the potential to improve healthcare and cut costs, developing winning public policy will require making the case with real-life examples showing how data-sharing led to improvements, according to a new Health Affairs article.

Implementation of Web portal delays HIPAA audits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has delayed its second round of HIPAA audits while it works to get a web portal up and running through which entities can submit information.