CHIME pushes for passage of cybersecurity info sharing act

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says it is looking "forward to the swift passage" of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which this week cleared another hurdle in the Senate.

3 ways Mount Sinai plans to optimize analytics

Mount Sinai Health System has been working with electronic health records data for 15 years, and is now looking to take its technological capabilities to the next level by using analytics data more effectively, according to an article in Health Data Management.

Geisinger's Alistair Erskine: How we're using FHIR to create EHR-agnostic applications

When it comes to the widespread use of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, Geisinger Health System Chief Clinical Informatics Officer Alistair Erskine calls himself impatient but optimistic. Erskine has helped Geisinger to develop a number of applications that take advantage of FHIR and public APIs to be able to exchange information with multiple electronic health record systems, but he'd like to see more.

Hospitals double-down on supply chain technology to cut costs

Hospitals are taking a page from retail and other industries by expanding use of technology to cut costs in their supply chains, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

Interoperability across various settings focus of UCSF, Cisco partnership

The University of California San Francisco and Cisco have teamed up to create a platform to enable data-sharing from multiple sources among health systems, providers and application vendors.

Personal genomic data not a secret, says Google Ventures' Bill Maris

People who are worried about their personal genomic data getting into the wrong hands, especially as hacking of health data grows, probably shouldn't lose sleep over it, according to Google Ventures' Bill Maris.

Theranos' CEO Elizabeth Holmes calls WSJ reports 'misleading'

Theranos is defending its technology and business practices following two front-page articles in the Wall Street Journal reporting that the company was running into trouble with its lab tests.

Marc Probst: Meaningful Use Stage 3 a mistake

In an interview with FierceHealthIT at the recent College of Healthcare Information Management Executives fall forum in Orlando, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst discussed his Health IT Policy Committee efforts, Meaningful Use and his organization's role in the Department of Defense's electronic health record contract.

New VA CIO plans aggressive IT timeline

LaVerne Council, the new chief information officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, has laid out an aggressive timeline to change technology efforts within the agency, focusing on projects that can be completed within six months, those that will take six to 18 months and those that will take longer.

Attorneys: New York providers must be ready for upcoming telemedicine coverage changes

Changes to New York's telemedicine coverage statute will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, and providers will need to be prepared for the law, attorneys write in a recent Healthcare Law Today article.

WEDI workgroup to focus on genomic data exchange

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange this week announced plans to form a workgroup focused on genomic data exchange and the integration of genomic data within the U.S. healthcare system.

Data, analytics experience tops list of most desirable traits for C-suite execs

Data systems management and experience with advanced analytics are the two top skills C-suite level executives in healthcare must have to succeed, according to a new Black Book survey.

Health data interoperability: An urgent matter in need of a more active government

By Mitzi G. Cardenas A level one trauma center in Kansas City, Missouri, Truman Medical Centers (TMC) treats nearly 113,000 individual patients each year. More than 30 percent of our patients have a...

CHIME 2015: Health execs must speak the same language for strategic success

Hospital IT strategies that aren't in lockstep with overall organizational plans risk failure, several CIOs said during a track session last week at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' annual fall forum in Orlando.

Report: HIEs failing to capture impact on quality of care

Most backers of health information exchanges believe they are improving care and generating a positive return on investment, but few of the exchanges actually offer up data to confirm those beliefs, according to a study published at Perspectives in Health Information Management.

Senator to block HHS nominations over 'systematic failures' of ACA CO-OP program

Karen DeSalvo is waiting in the wings to fully step into the role of assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, but one lawmaker may cause her wait to be even longer.

Use of virtual health tools could shave $10 billion a year from primary care costs

Using virtual health technology in primary care could save $10 billion a year and allow treatment of more patients without the need to train more doctors, according to a new report.

Susannah Fox: Walls still keep health data locked up, out of reach of patients

People who are living with life-changing illnesses and conditions are the "alpha geeks" of healthcare, according to Susannah Fox, and they are the ones you want to follow because they are "pushing on the edges of medicine."

CHIME 2015: 5 ways providers can improve the patient experience

Despite the best intentions of medical professionals, patients often don't feel as if their voices are being heard in the care process, according to emergency physician Leana Wen.

ONC to release more documents in support of final certification rule

While the final 2015 certification rule has been released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the agency's work is far from over, according to Steven Posnack, the agency's director of Office of Standards and Technology.