New UCSF hospital to focus on patient engagement

At the University of California, San Francisco's soon-to-open Mission Bay Hospital, patient engagement will be one of the main focuses, according to Seth Bokser, medical director of IT at UCSF's Center for Digital Health.

WEDI survey finds little backing for health plan identifier

Health plans and other stakeholders see little value in using a unique health plan identifier (HPID) within electronic transactions, according to a recent survey from The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI).

Initiative between schools, hospital in Maryland brings telemedicine to students

A new initiative between five schools in Howard County, Maryland, and the University of Maryland Children's Hospital in Baltimore will use telemedicine technology to improve care for students.

VanRoekel leaves White House to help USAID counter Ebola with tech

As the global Ebola epidemic continues to grow, the role of technology in quelling the spread of the disease will only increase. To that end, Steve VanRoekel announced recently that he is leaving the White House administration, where he served as the federal chief information officer since 2011, to head up the U.S. Agency for International Development's technology efforts in fighting Ebola.

Dartmouth researchers design bracelet to secure health IT systems

A bracelet designed by Dartmouth University researchers could be a breakthrough when it comes to securing information systems--notably for medical records in healthcare settings.

Digital health funding expected to reach $6.5B by 2017

Funding for digital healthcare startups in the U.S. is expected to double to $6.5 billion by the end of 2017, according to research from Accenture.

3 keys for hospitals to build a successful security program

CIOs and CISOs should be given the right levels of authority and be positioned so they can have the greatest impact when it comes to security matters at a hospital or healthcare system, according to Ed Marx, CIO of Texas Health Resources.

Health analytics market to reach $20.8 billion by 2020

Federal mandates and chronic ailments will be key drivers of growth in the global health analytics market, which is expected to reach $20.8 billion by 2020, according to a report published this month by IQ4I Research & Consultancy.

Fridsma to leave ONC for AMIA

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will lose its third official since July when current Office of the Chief Scientist head Doug Fridsma steps down at the end of October.

Break down cultural barriers to improve information systems process

Improving the information systems provisioning process at Partners Healthcare has been about knocking down walls between teams as much as breaking down silos of information, Scott MacLean, deputy CIO and director of IS operations, writes at

Healthcare organizations, BAs slow to become HIPAA compliant

With the first year of enforcement of the final HIPAA Omnibus rule coming to a close, there has been little to impact because of a lack of interest to become compliant, security consultant Andrew Hicks tells

Governance key to a robust health IT system

When it comes to growth of information technology at healthcare organizations, advanced governance is one of the key pieces to have a robust HIT system--but there are many that lack this element, according to Dick Taylor, managing director and CMO of the advisory services division of MedSys Group.

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4 lessons for health research, analytics data infrastructures sustainability

Sustainability is an important factor that must be considered when building health research and analytics data infrastructures. To that end, researchers say that factors to take into consideration include assets, expansion, complexity and stakeholders.

Hospital CIO: HL7 messaging protocol key to data mining

With the amount of data healthcare organizations are collecting constantly growing, the HL7 messaging protocol is key to the data mining process, says Wes Wright, senior vice president and CIO at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Health IT stakeholders share ideas for boosting adoption

Various federal legislators and other healthcare leaders gathered to share their thoughts on the importance of technology's evolving role in improving patient care at the HIMSS National Health IT Week press conference in the District of Columbia on Thursday afternoon.

West Health CEO touts necessity of open, interoperable health system

In the healthcare industry, the shift from a closed system to an open and interoperable system is necessary, according to Nick Valeriani, chief executive at West Health and CEO of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute.

Breaches show need for improved data governance in healthcare industry

When it comes to data security in the healthcare industry, it is a matter of finding the balance between technology, personnel and good governance structure, according to two information security experts.

ONC's DeSalvo continues to stress moving beyond Meaningful Use

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo made no bones about the direction she and ONC would like to see federal health IT efforts take in a keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Policy Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.

Deven McGraw: HIPAA likely doesn't cover Apple Watch

FierceHealthIT spoke with Deven McGraw (pictured), a partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and longtime member of the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee, about privacy and security concerning Apple Watch and HealthKit.