Omnibus funding bill requires HHS to convene cybersecurity taskforce

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be on the hook for convening a cybersecurity task force and submitting a report to Congress next year on the ability of HHS, and the healthcare industry at large, to respond to cybersecurity threats, under an omnibus funding bill unveiled Wednesday morning.

Grants aid telehealth expansion in Maryland, California

Teledmedicine services are expanding in California and Maryland due to grants from organizations within those states.

Beacon communities show 'mixed progress' on healthcare use, quality measures

The Beacon communities had "mixed progress" on healthcare use and quality measures, according to a final report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

2015 digital health funding hits $4.3B, matches 2014's record-shattering rate

Digital health funding in 2015 matched the record-shattering pace of 2014, according to a new report from Rock Health.

Provider dashboard helps Johns Hopkins measure individual performance

To assess the quality of its physicians, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is turning to a data-driven provider dashboard.

Updated HHS-European Union health IT initiative looks to boost transnational innovation

Innovation will be a key part of a modernized collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT).

University of Washington Medicine to pay $750K HIPAA settlement

The University of Washington Medicine will pay $750,000 in a settlement with the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights after a potential HIPAA violation.

Report: FDA worked with lobbying group on 21st Century Cures provisions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration worked with a medical device lobbying group when creating legislation on relevant tools, such as the 21st Century Cures bill.

Telemedicine produces 'positive results,' but more research needed on primary care effectiveness

Telemedicine is helpful for communication, counseling and monitoring and managing chronic disease, according to a draft technical brief from the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) created for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

PrecisionFDA platform opens to the public

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made its precisionFDA Web platform publicly available, according to a post published to the FDAVoice blog.

FDA officials: Don't overlook the importance of health IT terminology

When it comes to data in healthcare, the correct use of terminology, while many times overlooked, is every bit as vital to industry success, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials Robert Califf and Rachel Sherman.

Protocols needed for mental health eVisits

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center data from the first three years it offered care through a patient portal indicate a need for mental health care offerings, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

John Halamka: Security work to increase in 2016

Security threats have increased despite healthcare organizations expanded efforts to educate workers on the risks; security is a process that's never finished, Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka writes at his blog

NJIT researcher to head precision medicine strategy effort

The New Jersey Institute of Technology's Atam Dhawan has been picked to help create strategies that will assist with integration of health technologies into the care delivery system.

St. Luke's Marc Chasin: CIO now an active member at the leadership table

The hospital chief information officer is at the intersection of technology and clinical care, more than ever before, says Marc Chasin, M.D., CIO of St. Luke's Health System. As a physician, that's where his passion lies, he tells FierceHealthIT in an interview.

NIST seeks comments on use of cybersecurity framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on its cybersecurity framework, according to a post at the Federal Register.

National Conference of State Legislators outlines telemedicine barriers

​Challenges to the expansion of telemedicine include policy-related issues such as coverage and reimbursement, licensure, and safety and security, according to a recent report from the National Conference of State Legislators.


Future physicians need telemedicine education, training

The rise of telemedicine will require that medical education cover new skills to teach future physicians's how to use it effectively and ensure proper quality of care, according to a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Vulnerabilities raise systems integrity issues with California managed-care organizations

The information systems at three California managed-care organizations contain troubling high-risk security vulnerabilities, according to audits by the Office of the Inspector General.

American Society of Clinical Oncology to use big data analytics to improve cancer research

CancerLinQ, a project from the American Society of Clinical Oncology that aims to use big data analytics to improve cancer care, is moving toward broader deployment.