CIO Chuck Podesta: 'No excuse for not encrypting' data

There a three big risks when it comes to data security, says Chuck Podesta, senior vice president and CIO of Burlington, Vermont-based Fletcher Allen Health Care, in a recent interview with the Institute for Health Technology Transformation.

Penn Medicine CIO: Make hospitals an employment destination for IT workers

High performing IT workers want to be surrounded by other high performers--a key insight into hiring and retaining tech workers, according to Michael Restuccia, vice president and CIO of Penn Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Pew Charitable Trusts urges registries to track medical device safety long term

A national system of registries should be implemented to better track the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and the Medical Device Epidemiological Network Science Infrastructure Center at Weill Cornell Medical College.

The value of a hybrid cloud strategy for hospitals

Security of data, even when moving information into the cloud, is increasing in importance as data breaches grow.

Hospital CIOs: Meaningful Use flexibility rule 'too little, too late'

Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' efforts to add flexibility to the Meaningful Use incentive program through a finalized rule announced last Friday, many hospital CIOs on FierceHealthIT's Editorial Advisory Board remain frustrated about what lies ahead.

Employee gains access to EMRs at Memorial Hermann Health System

A former clinical employee at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston accessed an unidentified number of patient electronic medical records, according to an announcement by the organization.

Health IT education: 5 programs worth a look

Colleges and universities across the country now offer a wide variety of courses in healthcare information technology and healthcare information security. These courses, which range from certificate programs to graduate degrees, focus on the most current trends in healthcare IT--from health IT policy to data analytics. Special Report

Identity theft in healthcare: Why the industry is losing the battle

Healthcare's efforts to prevent identity theft haven't kept up with other industries' efforts, according to a Fortune article.

Video monitoring can detect heart disease

Video monitoring that can detect changes in blood flow in the face is effective in detecting atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the upper and lower chambers of the heart beat out of sync, according to a new study.

Self-monitoring helps hypertensive patients to drop BP rates

Self-monitoring by patients with hypertension led to a drop in blood-pressure levels over the course of a year, according to research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Rounds important to health IT leadership success

When it comes to being a successful IT leader in any industry, including healthcare, it is important to "go to the 'gemba,'" says Sue Schade, CIO at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

CMS Open Payments database: Exclusions mount

More data is expected to be withheld when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, launches to the public, ProPublica reports.

HIPAA business associate agreement deadline looms large for healthcare entities

A final deadline for the HIPAA Omnibus rule is quickly approaching in which healthcare organizations must make sure business associate agreements are revised and ready by Sept. 22.

ONC advisers pinpoint HIE problems

The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems.

Immunization info systems key to boosting vaccination rates

Immunization information systems (IIS) play a key role in helping patients and providers keep up to date on vaccinations and in prevention and effective response to disease outbreaks, according to a blog post at Health IT Buzz.

CMS announces ICD-10 testing dates

There will be three different testing weeks leading up to the implementation date for ICD-10, according to an article from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prescription decision support fails to curb patient costs, boost med adherence

A clinical decision support system aimed at helping providers prescribe the drug least expensive to the patient failed to significantly reduce patients costs or improve medication adherence.

6 myths about ICD-10 debunked

The deadline for ICD-10 is a little more than a year out, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working to make sure that myths about the process are squashed.

National Institutes of Health pubs final genomic data sharing policy

A finalized policy on genomic data sharing was published online Wednesday in the Federal Register by the National Institutes of Health. According to the NIH, the aim of the policy is to "promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures" that improve health quality and protect participant privacy.

Amazon, FDA meeting a harbinger for potential healthcare move

It looks as if Amazon is poised to join the fray of large technology companies jumping into the healthcare space.