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Why ICD-10 and cybersecurity must go hand in hand

As the ICD-10 implementation date draws near, providers should not let cybersecurity fall to the wayside, according to industry experts.

Jacob Reider to med societies: Be part of the solution to HIT progress

It's time for the American Medical Association and more than 30 other organizations urging change in the electronic health record certification process to be part of the solution, former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider said in a blog post.

SOFTWARE Act revision 'simplifies' health IT regulation

A revised version of the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act, currently circulating through Congress in draft form, takes a more "simple and straightforward" approach than its predecessor to health IT regulation, health attorney Brad Thompson tells FierceHealthIT.

Bill to expand telemedicine in Colorado reaches House floor

A bill that could preclude health insurance plans from requiring in-person care in certain cases could boost the use of telemedicine in Colorado.

Telehealth early adopters lead the way as interest grows

Healthcare systems and payers increasingly are looking to learn from early adopters of telehealth to determine how they can effectively implement such services.

3 mistakes hospital CIOs should avoid

The new year will be a challenging one for chief information officers in healthcare as the role continues to evolve, says David Miller, CIO of Optimum Healthcare IT.

How technology can streamline discharge process

The discharge process for patients from a hospital is not an easy one, and if done wrong could also lead to costly readmissions--but the use of technology could make the transition much smoother, according to David Lee Scher, M.D.

What non-HIPAA covered entities must know about protecting PHI

Even companies that are not HIPAA-covered entities need to know how to protect the employee health data they possess, according to attorney Susan A. Miller.

American Society of Clinical Oncology tool to use large swaths of data to improve cancer care

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is creating a tool that will allow it to cull patient data from millions of electronic health records in an effort to improve cancer care, according to an announcement on the platform.

White House cybersecurity plan a step in right direction, but needs work

President Barack Obama's cybersecurity plan, announced during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, is a good step forward but still has its flaws, according to David M. Upton, a professor at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

Patients increasingly open to video doctor visits

Patient acceptance of telelhealth services is growing, with 64 percent of patients recently surveyed by Harris Poll on behalf of telehealth company American Well saying they are willing to consider a video chat with their doctor instead of an in-person visit.

Strategy and innovation advisors wants predictive analytics included in HIT strategic plan

The Health IT Policy Committee's strategy and innovation work group, on Thursday, outlined draft recommendations for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.

ONC work group: HIT strategic plan lacks consumer focus

While the Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Work Group praised efforts put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to update its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the group's members say the framework does not go far enough when it comes to consumers.

Hospital CISOs gain visibility as threats grow

As security threats against healthcare organizations proliferate, the role of chief information security officers is gaining more visibility

Hospital CIOs share experiences, issues with interoperability

Although most healthcare chief information officers have implemented certified electronic health record systems and the required standards, many remain frustrated in their quest for interoperability, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.

Researchers turn to Twitter to predict heart disease rates

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are turning to an unlikely source to predict rates of heart disease: Twitter.

Obama touts cybersecurity, personalized medicine efforts in State of the Union address

While health IT wasn't directly mentioned in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, two proposals touted--on cybersecurity and personalized medicine--have the potential to alter the landscape of the industry to varying degrees.

Docs to ONC: Ease administrative burden of health IT

The American Academy of Family Physicians is urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to ease the burden on physicians trying to comply with federal health IT goals.

Michael McCoy named first chief health information officer at ONC

Michael James McCoy, M.D., will soon become the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's first chief health information officer.

CDI system pays off for Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center

To bring in more revenue, Arizona-based Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center decided to build a computer-assisted clinical documentation improvement system from the ground up--and the effort paid off.