VA's IT spending rises in new budget proposal

The president's proposed 2015 budget includes $3.9 billion for IT projects within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The funds will be focused on expanding digital access to services and eliminating the claims backlog, according to an announcement.

Analytics 'critical' to Steward's accountable care efforts

When Steward Health Care System first embarked on its journey as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in January 2012, the process was akin to building a plane and flying it at the same time, according to Dominique Morgan-Solomon, vice president of population health for the Boston-based provider. To that end, analytics were vital to her work.


Remote monitoring not a pressing issue for hospital CIOs

Among hospital CIOs polled for's February survey, remote monitoring technology is "nice to have," but not a "must have."

How web data can boost behavioral health research

Could behavioral medicine lead the web data revolution? A recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association outlined how this could come to pass, exploring the value of "digital footprints" left on search engines and social media and how they can yield health insights.

Risk prediction, personalized medicine still in their infancy

While risk prediction and personalized therapies are advancing in some areas, there's much work to be done to make such efforts effective, according to an article in BMC Medicine. Daniel F. Hayes...

Why nurses deserve a seat at the health IT development table

As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, one question that deserves more attention is that of the role of nurses in making development and implementation decisions; essentially, what should that role be?

Kathleen Sebelius: U.S. is in 21st century with a 20th century healthcare system

The U.S. is living in a 21st century world with a 20th century delivery system, Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a speech delivered last week at Care Innovation Summit 2014 hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C.

Despite coming tech transformation, healthcare CEOs say they're not ready

While most healthcare CEOs believe technological advances will transform their business in the next five years, few organizations are prepared for the changes, according to a new survey from...

How to ensure tech stays top of mind during a hospital merger

When it comes to hospital mergers and acquisitions, technology and informatics processes often times may be relegated to afterthought status as financial and business objectives win priority. To that end, Joseph Schneider, VP and CMIO for the north division of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, stresses the importance of both education and patience.

Patient portal use doesn't impact face-to-face visits

Use of patient portals and electronic visits had no significant impact on the frequency of face-to-face primary care visits for adults in a trial, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found.

Robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery yields positive results

There have been plenty of reports on the dangers of robot-assisted surgery, but here's some good news out of the University of California at Los Angeles--robotic-assisted prostate surgery offered better cancer control than traditional "open" surgery in a trial.

VA disputes claims agency destroyed appointment backlog records to boost numbers

At a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing, the VA's top health official contradicted claims that the agency eliminated thousands of medical appointment records to clear up its backlog....

Improved patient flow at Beaufort Memorial Hospital cuts costs, length-of-stay

Using patient-flow software resulted in dramatically reduced length-of-stay and significant cost savings for Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital in a six-week trial. Hospital staff discussed the...

National health IT coordinators at HIMSS14: Interoperability a multilayered challenge

National health IT coordinators past and present agreed interoperability is a multilayered issue that encompasses more than just the exchange of data.

Virtual reality effective for treating phantom-limb pain of amputees

A virtual-reality treatment may provide relief for amputees suffering from phantom-limb pain, according to a study published this week in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.

How technology in the pharmacy can boost med safety

By Steve Kessinger, Cape Coral Hospital "Optimizing patient outcomes through interdisciplinary medication management" is our pharmacy department's purpose. Let me elaborate on our...

ONC's Karen DeSalvo meets the press

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo answered the question on everyone's mind this morning: When will healthcare providers get more detail about today's announcement that CMS will...

UPDATED: CMS to be more flexible with Meaningful Use Stage 2 hardship exemptions

Meaningful Use Stage 2 will go on as planned with no further delays or extensions, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Thursday at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla., that the agency would be flexible about providing "hardship exemptions" for providers and vendors truly struggling to meet the requirements.

Hillary Clinton: Technology provides healthcare reform with necessary evidence

Debates in Washington, D.C. may sometimes feel like they take place in an "evidence-free zone," but healthcare information technology provides the evidence needed to achieve better healthcare for all, Hillary Clinton said Wednesday during a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

5 ways technology can enable accountable care

Leading by example, giving patients better access to their health records and borrowing innovations from other industries are all good strategies to transform healthcare, according to a panel of experts (pictured right) at FierceHealthIT's executive breakfast, "Harnessing Technology and Data to Enable Accountable Care," held this morning at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Fla.