Disaster planning and response: How hospital IT teams can maintain continuity amid chaos

In the midst of disaster, hospitals often serve as a refuge, a place of comfort for those in need of care or shelter. But even hospitals aren't immune to chaos, as electronic health record systems, network connections and even whole power grids can be rendered useless in the blink of an eye.

Internet of Things just the beginning of disruptive healthcare innovation

The proliferation of Internet-connected devices is changing healthcare delivery, said panelists at last week's 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia. And there's much more disruptive tech in the industry's future. 

Work remains in understanding BA security risks

While business associate agreements are likely to be a bigger target of 2015 OCR HIPAA enforcement, there's a lot of work yet to be done in that area, David Szabo, a partner in the Boston office of the law firm Locke Lord LLP, tells Healthcare Info Security.

Why nursing homes should embrace HIEs

Inefficient and unclear communication between hospitals and nursing homes can complicate care, so researchers are looking to health information exchange to change that, according to research published at Applied Clinical Informatics.

AHIMA starts campaign against ICD-10 'grace period'

The American Health Information Management Association is not a fan of a bill that would create a two-year grace period for ICD-10, and is asking its members to contact lawmakers about the legislation.

HHS announces innovation award winners

Winners of this year's 2015 HHS Innovates Awards have created solutions to improve the care of complex surgical patients, break down barriers between medical and community services and allow states to work together in "cyberteams" to apply quality improvement methods for birth outcomes.

CVS Health partners with providers on electronic health information

Four health providers are partnering with CVS Health to allow communication between electronic health records and the pharmacy.

Machine training future of health IT

In the next three years, the healthcare industry will have to focus as much on training machines as on training people, according to a new report from Accenture.

HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness. 

Online health info balances power between patients, docs

Online health information can be empowering to patients, and also shift the balance of power between patients and their doctors, according to an article at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

New CommonWell members include Michigan health network, Texas Health Services Authority

CommonWell has added new members to its roster to "incorporate new healthcare stakeholders outside of the vendor community," according to an announcement.

La Rabida Children's Hospital CIO Vincent Vitali: Projects must fulfill business need

Technology, business and clinical leaders have to work together to prioritize their needs, Vincent Vitali, chief information officer at La Rabida Childen's Hospital in Chicago, says in an interview.

Despite potential, telemedicine lags among seniors, Medicare beneficiaries

Nearly 20 years after videoconferencing technology became available for health services, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use it, according to Kaiser Health News.

Data security and HIPAA guidelines: A delicate balance

How can healthcare organizations reassure patients that their personal data is secure, while also satisfying their demands for quick and easy access to their own data? In a recent interview, Chris White, head of commercial data protection services at Booz Allen, offered tips to healthcare providers trying to balance health data security with HIPAA requirements.

How CIOs are becoming the heart of the business

While chief information officers still get requests to fix employees' email--that's the most common request made of Massachusetts General Hospital CIO Kevin Jennings--professionals in the role increasingly are involved at the very heart of the business, according to an article at Ozy.

Healthcare IT: 9 tips for contracting

The emergence of mega-suite vendors, more use of the cloud, increases in data breach frequency and cost and big data privacy impacts make healthcare IT vendor arrangements more complex. Addressing key legal and business issues during the RFP and contracting process reduces risks and helps minimize expensive change orders.

NASA refines robot for medical tasks

NASA has a humanoid robot aboard the International Space Station that might one day help the agency by performing medical tasks in space, guided by human hands on earth, reports Quark.

Healthcare cybersecurity primer outlines defensive strategies

A new primer on cybersecurity outlines the challenges that healthcare organizations face and steps they can take to defend themselves against cyberattacks.

100 days to ICD-10: Where the industry stands

The implementation deadline for ICD-10 is only 100 days away, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to push for transition periods or an outright ban of the code set while surveys reveal that participation in testing still lags. 

Supercomputers lead to better understanding of DNA's role in cancer

Scientists have discovered how cross-shaped pieces of DNA can lead to a greater risk of cancer thanks to the work of supercomputers.