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Health leaders question demise of HealthSpot

Many industry professionals are questioning the recent failure of telemedicine provider HealthSpot; the company last month closed its kiosks at 25 Rite Aid stores in Ohio, and also removed the systems from Cleveland Clinic facilities.

UPMC creates 'diversified revenue' through health IT solutions

In an effort to stay ahead of the curve, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) health system is continuing to develop and market healthcare IT solutions, according to Talbot C. "Tal" Heppenstall, president of UPMC Enterprises.

Judge rules post-breach lawsuit allowable against Boston Medical Center

A lawsuit may soon be filed against Boston Medical Center Corp. after a judge in the Massachusetts Superior Court ruled that a plaintiff had the right to sue the health system following a breach of their medical records.

Consumerization, cybersecurity among key challenges for hospital IT execs in 2016

Increased consumerization, business challenges and cybersecurity all will be top of mind for leaders in the health IT industry in 2016, several professionals who serve on FierceHealthIT's Editorial Advisory Board say.

Partners HealthCare teams with IT solutions company on genetics

Partners HealthCare is eyeing the genomics market even more closely via a partnership with an IT solutions company to speed up its work in the segment.

Eric Topol: Healthcare turning toward virtual doctor's office

The phrase "the doctor knows best" may be on its way out as health technology is leading to an age where medical decisions are not ordered but shared discussions between physicians and their patients, Eric Topol, M.D., says in an interview with the University of Toronto's Rotman Management Magazine.

StartUp Health: Digital health funding hit its stride in 2015

Digital health funding last year hit $5.8 billion, and while that's lower than the $7 billion raised the year before, according to StartUp Health, 2015 was the year the industry hit its stride.

HIMSS, App Association outline health IT challenges for clinical research

HIMSS and ACT | The App Association have both weighed in on the Food and Drug Administration's call for feedback on how healthcare stakeholders are using technology to improve clinical research.

Hospitals take action to address alarm fatigue

Hospitals have been developing new safety procedures to address "alarm fatigue" in time for the Joint Commission's January 2016 deadline to do so.

How federal reimbursement policies may inhibit health tech innovation

Current federal reimbursement policies for health IT could be stifling development and innovation of new tools, according to a Bain Capital investor.

Tech issues to watch in 2016: Mobile stroke units, device cybersecurity

ECRI Institute's 2016 Hospital C-Suite Watch List, made up of "technology and critical technology use issues [that] should be on your radar," includes mobile stroke units and a changing landscape for robotic surgery.

Conversational agent-based online searches preferred for patients with low-health literacy

Finding health information through online search can be harder for patients who have low health literacy, but health counseling dialog systems can help with that, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Artificial pancreas for diabetics heads to trial; seen as a 'wearable network'

A new, technology-enabled artificial pancreas is not like your previous replica organ; the system will help with automated insulin delivery and can even connect with a smartphone.

How a CDC vaccine safety initiative formed the foundation for federal big data efforts

A distributed data network established to improve surveillance of vaccine safety has become the foundation for health-improvement efforts such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Sentinel and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) "network of networks," according to an article at eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Tech can be a boost to teens' diabetes self-management

Technologies such as mobile apps and text messaging may help teens better control their Type 1 diabetes, according to a study published in Journal of Medical Internet Research.

New EHR system causes issues with patient records at UK hospital

The switch to a new electronic medical record system installed at U.K.-based Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust may have caused issues with patients' medical records.

Nurses: Tele-ICU tools improve performance, communication

Tele-intensive care tools help nurses to conduct tasks more quickly, and improve performance and communication, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Critical Care.

Technology, analytics boost population health management at Geisinger [Q&A]

In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT, Eric Newman, M.D., vice-chair for clinical innovations in the Geisinger's division of medicine, and Chanin Wendling, director of Geisinger in Motion, discuss how each entity takes advantage of technology and innovation to close care gaps and improve results.

Feds seek feedback on health IT certification, quality measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are seeking public comment on required quality measures and the certification of health information technology used for them.

VA, Kaiser Permanente among repeat HIPAA violators that face few consequences

Health providers that face repeated complaints for HIPAA violations rarely face consequences, according to a new report.