Orthopaedic clinic to pay $750K HIPAA fine after failing to make BA agreement

An orthopaedic clinic must pay $750,000 after a potential HIPAA violation in which it gave protected health information to a third party without a business associate agreement in place.

Why security requires a data-driven approach

Healthcare organizations must take a data-driven approach when it comes to security efforts, David Severski, manager of the information security program at Seattle Children's Hospital, tells Healthcare IT News.

States' diverging telehealth policies cause for confusion

Washington state now covers store-and-forward remote monitoring, while Oklahoma has stopped reimbursing for such services--both clear examples of states' diverging policy directions when it comes to telemedicine, according to a recent report.

Karen DeSalvo steps down as chair of HIT Policy Committee; AMA's Kathleen Blake to serve as co-chair

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo will no longer serve as co-chair of ONC's Health IT Policy Committee.

Christiana Care's Terri Steinberg: Analytics vital to successful population health

For Christiana Care CHIO Terri Steinberg, the key to successful population health management is balance in three areas: people to run the program, analytics to offer real-time updates and a robust electronic health record system. Without one area stabilized, the others are likely to falter.

WEDI: Seamless data exchange key to closing patient care gaps

Gaps in patient care will persist until patient health data can be shared between providers, and not closing such gaps "contributes to adverse patient outcomes and inappropriate care," according to a report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

Report: Providers must adopt sophisticated tech, stronger policies to prevent duplicate patient records

To improve patient identification matching and lessen the chance of errors, more sophisticated technology will be necessary, according to healthcare experts, but human error will never be fully eliminated.

Healthcare No. 1 target for cyberattacks in 2015

Healthcare hit the No 1. spot for cyberattacks last year, though no industry was immune from such incidents, according to an IBM cybersecurity report.

Radiologists less optimistic about virtual consult workflow than referring physicians

While virtual consultations (VC) with radiologists were seen as a boon to patient care by referring physicians at NYU Langone Medical Center in a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the feeling was not exactly mutual for radiologists.

Anthropology background a boon for Susannah Fox in role as HHS CTO

Susannah Fox, chief technology officer for the Health and Human Services Department, is not a technologist, but an anthropologist--and that makes her a great pick for the job, Dave Chase, CEO and founder of health IT company Avado, writes in a contributed piece to Forbes.

FDA moves forward on UDI regs; Class II must comply by fall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will move forward on unique device identifiers this fall, requiring that Class II medical devices comply with regulations by Sept. 24.

Urgent care provider relies on telemedicine to reduce wait times

Doctor's Care, a chain of urgent care centers in South Carolina and Tennessee, calls on telemedicine to balance the patient load at its centers and improve patient satisfaction, reports Health Data Management.

Artificial intelligence aids in Zika, Ebola diagnoses

Rush University Medical Center is using artificial intelligence technology to alert doctors when a patient might have the Zika virus or Ebola, reports The Chicago Tribune.

NIST to release new standards for hospitals to increase cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking to deliver new guidance on healthcare cybersecurity to help healthcare organizations become more resistant to breaches, more effective at mitigating damage that hackers might inflict and better at recovering after an attacks, Healthcare IT News reports.

Preoperative videos help to cut patient anxiety

Surgery patients at the Mayo Clinic in Florida who watched a series of pre-operation educational videos felt less anxisous than those who did not, according to a new study.

In data breach suit, Anthem's 'blame the victim' tactic doesn't fly

One of the biggest hurdles for consumers affected by a data breach is proving damage--and companies are going to greater lengths to make it even more difficult, according to attorney Steven Teppler.

Study: HIT use aligned with new payment, delivery models supported improved care delivery

Providers with robust electronic health records who participated in an accountable care organizations or patient-centered medical homes were the most likely to routinely perform certain care processes, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.

How a Minneapolis hospital keeps patients healthy through innovation

The Upstream Health Innovations center affiliated with Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis is looking at social issues as a factor in its quest to reduce readmissions, reports Becker's Health IT & CIO Review.

Virtual reality surgery streamed online

Surgeon Sahfi Ahmed, who made a name for himself by using Google Glass, performed cancer surgery Thursday using virtual reality that was streamed online.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves funding for VA EHR improvements, telemedicine

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a bill that allocates funding for health technology endeavors of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including the modernization of the agency's electronic health record system, digital scanning of health records and telemedicine use.