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Partners CIO: Analytics will help care teams effectively adjust treatment

Healthcare analytics will ultimately move beyond being predictive to becoming prescriptive--helping healthcare teams change course as necessary, according Partners HealthCare Chief Information Officer James Noga.

NIST cybersecurity framework needs more guidance on implementation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework would be "more useable and more prescriptive" for healthcare entities if it gave more specific guidance on implementation, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Lee Kim.

Prescription drug database poised to become law in Pennsylvania

A bill to create a prescription database to deter doctor shopping and prevent overdoses is headed for the Pennsylvania governor's desk after passing both houses of the state General Assembly last week.

3 ways health IT startups can stand out

Healthcare IT is a booming industry for startups, with $5 billion invested into digital health this year alone. But with so many companies entering into health IT, startups have to find ways to stand out from the rest. New companies will have to find unique technologies and unique ideas to make an impact, according to an article at CIO.com

Mergers and Acquisitions: 3 steps to integrate health IT systems

As the healthcare industry continues to consolidate, leading chief information officers (CIOs) find that developing a template or common approach to marrying disparate systems saves time and minimizes headaches.

Technology can help hospital exec streamline tax reporting methods

It's the time of year to prepare for tax reporting. This year, don't let your vendor master file contribute to the madness of tax reporting. Inconsistencies in vendor master files are typically the root cause of tax reporting headaches

Global telemedicine technology market to hit $43 billion by 2019

Spurred by drastic growth in "telehome" technology adoption, the global telemedicine tools market will likely reach $43.4 billion within five years, according to a new report published by Wellesley, Massachusetts-based BCC Research.

University of Utah uses software to drive quality improvement

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center touts success with a value-improvement framework that uses software to assess direct costs of patient care as part of quality improvement efforts. It discusses the experience in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

CHIME, HL7 applaud ONC road map, JASON task force recommendations

Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as step in the right direction. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program focuses on how data can improve health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is setting its sights on improving healthcare through data and information.

Q3 sees drop in VC health IT funding, but rise in number of deals

The amount venture capital funds in healthcare IT raised in the third quarter of 2014 slowed from the record breaking numbers hit in Q2, but saw a record number of deals.

CMS to invest $114 million to boost rural ACOs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making $114 million available to encourage Accountable Care Organizations in rural and underserved areas to take on greater financial risk.

Federal advisers share comments, concerns about draft interoperability road map

In presenting an updated version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's draft interoperability road map to a joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Standards committees on Wednesday, Erica Galvez, ONC's interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, made clear that many efforts going forward will be about balance and tradeoffs.

Research data warehouse project shows promise, but issues remain

Health researchers highlight some vital lessons from building a data warehouse to help care for safety net populations in a paper at eGEMS. The Community Health Applied Research Network, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, organized 18 community health centers (CHCs) into four research nodes, each with an academic partner, aimed at furthering patient-centered outcomes research.

Digital health revolution 'has failed'

While the health industry is thriving, the digital health revolution has failed, according to Anna McCollister-Slipp, co-founder of Galileo Analytics and member of the judging panel for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.

ICD-10 would help US better track Ebola

If Congress had not pushed back the deadline for implementing ICD-10 last spring, the United States now would have a specific code for tracking Ebola, according to an infographic from the Coalition for ICD-10 published at HIT Consultant.

Hospital CIOs rarely make leap to CEO

When it comes to moving up the ranks, chief information officers rarely climb the rungs to becoming CEOs.

If Google walks and acts like a healthcare company...

For a company whose founders claim they have no interest in healthcare, Google certainly has a lot of irons in that particular fire.

OCR scrutiny expected for use of PHI for marketing

Attorney Brad Rostolsky expects the Office for Civil Rights to expand HIPAA enforcement to areas including inappropriate sale of protected health information for marketing.

ONC interoperability road map draft outlines governance, certification standards goals

An updated draft version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 10-year road map to interoperability, published online late Monday, outlines goals for governance and certification standards and calls for "unprecedented collaboration" in ensuring that technology can seamlessly support the health of patients on a day-to-day basis.