Analytics help Indiana in efforts to lower infant mortality rates

Through the help of data analytics, Indiana is making strides in tackling one of its biggest problems--a high infant mortality rate.

Anthem hack: Employee access, not encryption, the problem

As the investigations and lawsuits roll in over the breach of health insurance company Anthem, the industry is taking a closer look at its security practices.

ONC budget request sends a strong message about the growing importance of health IT

Federal health information technology efforts received a proverbial shot in the arm last week when President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for FY2016 last week.

CMS draft regulations on ACO tech use will 'hinder' efforts

A group of 17 organizations is blasting a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that calls on accountable care organizations to describe how they plan to use technology, saying it will "hinder" their efforts.

Drop-down menus could thwart specificity promised in ICD-10

Despite the promise of ICD-10 to improve disease surveillance--and even be a boon for national security--drop-down menus again could be a fly in the ointment.

Google, Mayo Clinic partner to enhance Web searches for health information

As more people turn to the Internet to search for health information, Google is trying to redefine what they will see when using its search engine.

Study: 'No true crosswalk' exists between ICD-9 and ICD-10

A study from Vanderbilt University further suggests that mapping codes between ICD-9 and ICD-10 could be a problem.

Texoma ACO uses data analytics to save costs in MSSP

When trying out tools, if at first you don't succeed, you have to try, try again. That's what one accountable care organization did when picking a population health management data analytics platform.

CDS buyers need more info to make good decisions

Buyers of clinical decision support systems need more and better information to make informed purchase decisions, according to an article published online this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Lawmakers to rethink requiring encryption in HIPAA

In light of the cyberattack against Anthem, federal officials plan to review whether HIPAA should require encryption.


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee last week said it will take up the matter as part of a bipartisan review of health information security.

Cyberattacks highlight changing dynamics between CIOs, CISOs

As the increasing intensity of cyberattacks causes waves in the healthcare industry, it also brings to light the changing roles of chief information officers and chief information security officers.

3 ways data analytics can transform healthcare

Analytics can and will change healthcare as we know it--but several obstacles remain, according to healthcare consultant David Lee Scher, M.D.

GAO: CMS on target with ICD-10 readiness efforts

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services has taken positive steps to help prepare the healthcare industry for ICD-10, but every organization must prepare in advance if the transition is to be successful, according to a report published late last week by the Government Accountability Office.

Medicare covers lung cancer screening for first time

Effective immediately, Medicare will now cover screening for lung cancer using Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT), according to an announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Security experts on Anthem breach: The biggest threat lurks inside your company

The impact of the recent cyberattack on health insurance company Anthem is rippling through the industry--but health IT leaders and experts say they're not surprised it happened. The bigger threat, they say, comes from inside your organization. 

FDA finalizes guidance on medical device data systems

The FDA won't enforce regulations on computer systems used to store, display or collect medical data because they pose a low risk to patients, according to a final guidance document. 

Details emerge in Anthem hack

The healthcare industry, which lags behind others when it comes to cybersecurity, now faces what is shaping up to be the largest breach of healthcare data in history. Details are emerging about who may have perpetrated the attack and how they gained access. 

Washington biobank plan raises ethical concerns

The University of Washington health system and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance plan to start seeking patient consent to have medical records and leftover blood or tissue made available for future research.

Clinician leadership, governance keys to successful health IT implementation

SwedishAmerican Health System (SAHS) has recognized the importance of clinician leadership and governance in the successful rollout of IT projects, according to an article at Health Data Management.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to leave post in March

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, after nearly six years on the job, will step down in March.