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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.

Technology leads to growth of healthcare accelerators

A majority of healthcare accelerators are focused on digital health, according to a report from the California Healthcare Foundation.

HIMSS seeks specific guidance from NIST on cybersecurity framework

The healthcare industry needs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to get specific about how to implement its cybersecurity framework, HIMSS writes in a letter to NIST Acting Director Dr. Willie E. May.

Lucia Savage joins ONC as chief privacy officer

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Tuesday announced that Lucia Savage has been named the agency's new chief privacy officer.

Google tests video chats for health symptom searchers

Google, once again, is venturing into the health and wellness space, this time via video chats.

FDA's Schwartz: Devices without vendor support 'enormous challenge' for cybersecurity

Medical devices no longer supported by the manufacturer present "an enormous challenge," the FDA's Suzanne Schwartz, M.D., tells HealthcareInfoSecurity.com in an interview.

5 qualities of great hospital CIOs

Passion and balance are some of the keys to being a successful chief information officer, according to Stephanie Reel, vice president for information services at Baltimore-based John Hopkins Medicine.

VA treated 690K veterans through telemedicine in fiscal year 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says it provided remote care to more than 690,000 veterans during fiscal year 2014.

Feds award University of New Mexico Health $15 million to expand telehealth efforts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center has awarded more than $15 million to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's Department of Neurosurgery to expand the institution's telehealth infrastructure, Sens. Tom Udall (D) and Martin Heinrich (D) announced this week.

Commonwealth Fund: 5 ways to improve health IT development, adoption

Several challenges persist when it comes to development and adoption of digital health tools. To that end, a pair of Commonwealth Fund reports published this month outline strategies to boost such innovation, and examine how some organizations currently are taking advantage of new technologies.

Majority say government best option to lead interoperability push

Better interoperability will be a primary driver for improving fiscal and clinical outcomes in healthcare, according to a survey by research firm peer60, while a bare majority said government involvement will be the best way to achieve it.

Struggles remain a year out from ICD-10 implementation

After years of delays, the ICD-10 compliance date is finally less than a year away, but healthcare organizations vary in readiness for the transition.

ONC taps RTI to develop road map for HIT Safety Center

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Wednesday awarded a contract to Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based RTI International to design a road map to its health IT safety center.

Government agencies to hold open meeting on health IT, device security

A public meeting of government agencies and healthcare leaders will be held Oct. 21-22 to address the issue of cybersecurity, according to a blog post by Suzanne Schwartz, director of emergency preparedness/operations and medical countermeasures at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.