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How to engage baby boomers in healthcare technology

As baby boomers age, their increasing need for care will place a high demand on the healthcare industry. Advances in technology may help ease that burden, but only if developers use the right tools and platforms, according to a recent study.

Nations should learn from each other on health IT strategies

The use of health information and communications technologies to improve chronic care "is still in its early days," according to research at Health Affairs comparing approaches used in Australia, Canada, Denmark and the U.S.

ATA reports grade state telemedicine policies

A pair of state policy reports on telemedicine, released this week by the American Telemedicine Association, show gaps in coverage, reimbursement, practice standards and licensure across the U.S.

Stakeholders concerned licensure compact fails to boost telemedicine access

The Federation of State Medical Boards' finalized model interstate licensure compact, unveiled last Friday, does not do enough to boost telemedicine access in a meaningful way, according to James Turner, senior policy counsel for the Health IT Now Coalition.

HIMSS privacy lead: When working in healthcare security, 'be like a sponge'

As threats quickly change in healthcare, those looking to a career in privacy and security in the industry should "be like a sponge," says Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Karen DeSalvo: Everyone can weigh in on path to interoperability

ONC is focused on gaining as much input as possible on how to make true interoperability happen, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo said in a recent conversation with Sam Ho, M.D., executive director at United Healthcare and chairman of eHealth Initiative's Board of Directors.

Study: Patients optimistic about telehealth video appointments

The majority of patients are optimistic about meeting with their healthcare provider via a video appointment, according to a recent study.

FSMB completes drafting process for interstate medical licensing compact

The Federation of State Medical Boards today announced the completion of the drafting process for an interstate compact for physician licensure

Use care coordination, mHealth to better serve vulnerable populations

Coordinated care and mHealth technologies are key to reducing disparities in care for vulnerable populations, according to an article at Health Affairs.

'Small' as important as 'big' when it comes to healthcare data

There's a lot of talk about big data in the healthcare industry these days, but what about small data? In a recent commentary, Larry Stofko, executive vice president of the Innovation Institute at St. Joseph Health System in Orange County, California, says the latter is just as important.

3 cloud concerns for hospital IT execs

The healthcare industry has been slow to adopt cloud technology due to security, compliance and cost issues, among others, according to a recent report from iHT2.

Survey finds lack of preparedness for ICD-10

Only weeks away from the original ICD-10 deadline, just 11 percent of healthcare organizations said they are fully ready to implement the new coding system, according to a survey by SearchHealthIT and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Health IT a new sweet spot for investors

As use of electronic health records by providers and health tracking devices by consumers becomes more ubiquitous, the health IT industry is gaining a reputation as an emerging sweet spot for technology investors.

ICD-10 switch may raise issues for adverse event reporting

The switch to ICD-10 poses the risk of under-reporting and over-reporting adverse events due to mismatches in codes for Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), according to research at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

How New York-Presbyterian is taking advantage of data sharing

New York-Presbyterian Hospital has myriad initiatives underway to take advantage of growing data collection, according to Gilad Kuperman, Ph.D., the hospital's director of interoperability informatics.

750 organizations want in on CyberRX attack simulations

More than 750 healthcare organizations have signed up for the second round of cyberattack simulations to be carried out beginning in October by HITRUST and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HIT groups applaud CMS telemedicine expansion proposal

Expansion to telemedicine coverage for Medicare beneficiaries recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in its proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2015 generally was praised in comments recently submitted by industry stakeholders, including the American Telemedicine Association and the American Hospital Association.

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.