Patient engagement tools among IT most anticipated by hospital CIOs

These days, there is a constant stream of new products and technological advances in the healthcare industry. Three hospital CIOs recently spoke with Becker's Hospital Review on what they're most excited about in health IT.

5 states plan online registry to share prescription drug data

Five New England states plan to share prescription data as part of their efforts to prevent drug overdoses and heroin addiction. The states will develop a registry to prevent "doctor shopping" to gain multiple prescriptions for opioid drugs.

Feds, AMA look to telemedicine, health IT to treat hepatitis C

The ONC and American Medical Association are working with the CDC on a program that uses health IT and telemedicine to diagnose and treat hepatitis C virus infections.

Researchers offer guidance on clinical use of genomic tests

With around 10,000 tests using genome-based technology expected to be ordered this year, an article published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine provides guidance on using the technology effectively in clinical practice.

IT boosts enrollment in public health programs, but human aid still necessary

A majority of participants in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program favored an online enrollment process, but a segment still wants to be able to interact with caseworkers, according to a study from Georgia State University.

Farzad Mostashari-led startup to aid physician ACO efforts

Former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari will lead a new startup to help physicians begin their own accountable care organizations.

Industry groups to Congress: Telemedicine licensing 'out of date'

A pair of industry groups put pressure on Congress to update "out-of-date" licensing and reimbursement policies for telemedicine.

Legislators seek ideas to improve digital healthcare landscape

A white paper released Tuesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee seeks information on how to improve the digital healthcare landscape.

Incomplete info sets a roadblock to provider use of big data

Healthcare firms are trying to leap from the Stone Age to the Information Age in real time, according to consultant Randy Bean.

How Virginia Mason plans to implement, optimize CPOE

Arthur James Bender, M.D., medical director of health information at Virginia Mason Medical Center, believes that ongoing CPOE implementation efforts at his Seattle-based hospital can lead to improvements for both patients and providers.

Black Book: Financial system technology key to hospital survival

A majority of hospital chief financial officers say the reimbursement challenges ahead require that they make financial system technology a priority--in fact, it's key to their institution's survival, according to a new Black Book survey.

Study: Exercise apps' features connect users

The support of others is essential for people to stay motivated while working out, so social networks now try to use programs and applications to connect users while they exercise.

Automated 'lab-on-a-chip' tech could reduce healthcare costs

A new computer programming language, created by a research team at the University of California, Riverside, will automate "laboratory-on-a-chip" technologies--and has the potential to reduce healthcare costs.

FTC examining veracity of allegations against LabMD

The Federal Trade Commission's administrative trial examining the data-security practices of LabMD is on hold, Healthcare Info Security reports.

Halamka envisions use of online sites to share health records

​People use social media, Wikipedia and other such sites to share information about current events and their day-to-day lives. Now, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka envisions a world where similar sites are used to share medical information.

Hospital IT execs increasingly embrace the cloud

Hospital IT executives increasingly turn to the cloud to lower maintenance costs while trying to meet their growing technology needs, according to a new survey published today by HIMSS Analytics.

AHIMA endorses values of data-driven learning health system

The American Health Information Management Association has endorsed core values of a learning health system that supports using high-quality data to improve patient health.

Elderly monitoring system would link home, hospital

University of Missouri researchers are developing a sensor network between home and hospital to provide integrated care for the elderly.


OCR attorney predicts spike in HIPAA fines

The Office for Civil Rights' crackdown on HIPAA violations over the past year will "pale in comparison" to the next 12 months, a Health and Human Services attorney recently told an American Bar Association conference.

Provider: Lack of alignment between reimbursement, care quality holds telemedicine back

Despite the continued emergence of telemedicine as a way treat patients, hurdles such as outdated payment models continue to hinder its progress, according to one provider advocate.