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Next-generation health IT requires primary care input

Practicing clinicians and patients have the clearest understanding of what they need from health IT and should be shaping the national HIT research agenda, according to an article published in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Hospital CEO: ICD-10 delays 'shackle' promise of big data

The delay to implement the ICD-10 coding system has put the nation's children at risk and must be allowed to go through, according to Nemours Children's Health System CEO David Bailey, M.D.

How one federally qualified health center uses data to improve care

Becoming data-driven is a main goal at Unity Health Care, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in the District of Columbia.

Care coordination software market poised for strong growth

The market for care coordination software is expected to expand at a 26.1 percent compound annual growth rate between 2015 and 2020, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

Medical group Mednax acquires telemed company for $500M

National medical group Mednax will soon acquire telemedicine company Virtual Radiologic Corp. for $500 million.

Researchers turn to big data, social media to track Ebola

Using data analytics and social media tools, researchers at Florida Atlantic University are mapping the spread of the Ebola virus.

Stolen devices expose data of 39K Indiana State Medical Association customers, docs

A laptop and two hard drives were stolen from the car of an Indiana State Medical Association administrator on Feb. 13, exposing personal information of nearly 40,000 members of its group health and life insurance plans.

Demand management the biggest challenge for Orlando Health's Rick Schooler [Q&A]

For Orlando Health Chief Information Officer Rick Schooler, his job is all about balancing projects that are required by regulation with all of the various other initiatives underway at the 1,780-bed health network.

CHIME: Patient identification the biggest challenge to safe health data exchange

Healthcare IT stakeholder groups in the last week have spoken out about changes they would like to see made they believe would improve the 21st Century Cures Initiative.

ONC announces six winners of Market R&D Pilot Challenge

The six winners of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's  inaugural Market R&D Pilot Challenge  are promising start ups that will be paired with healthcare stake holders to promote new health IT tools, according to an ONC announcement.

Health tech, data will lead to 'Internet of Me'

Health research, data and computing power will lead to the "Internet of Me," according to Adriana Karaboutis, executive vice president of technology at Biogen. All of this will lead to more effective treatments that are personalized for each patient.

Privacy experts worry 21st Century Cures Act could weaken HIPAA

Some patient privacy advocates worry that the language in the revised 21st Century Cures Act could significantly weaken the HIPAA privacy protections for patient data.

Indian Health tackles diabetes through telemedicine services

A healthcare provider in Southern California is turning to telemedicine to help address rising rates of diabetes in American Indian tribes.

Telemedicine no more effective than phone counseling to help smokers quit

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has found little difference between sessions delivered by telemedicine or by phone in the effectiveness of counseling to help rural patients stop smoking.

State senators: Poor interoperability = taxpayer fraud

A pair of Connecticut state senators say that the lack of interoperability between electronic health records systems "amounts to taxpayer fraud" and call for passage of a bill that would levy civil fines against those found guilty of information blocking in an editorial published Saturday in the New Haven Register.

CMS' Jason McNamara: Keep challenging data

Analyzing the massive amounts of data flowing through the Medicaid program is one of the main focuses of his job, Jason McNamara, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services senior technical director of Medicaid health IT, tells Healthcare Informatics in an interview.

More security vulnerabilities cited within HHS

Many of the same problems found in a recent audit of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) also exist at the Information Technology Infrastructure and Operations (ITIO) office, according to a report published by the Office of Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department.

ISACs key to defending against healthcare cyberattacks

Cyberattacks on healthcare entities are not a matter of if but when, and industry collaboration is one of the keys to lessening the impact of such attacks.

Massive health system virtual care center nears completion

Mercy Health System's telehealth division Mercy Virtual is closing in on completion of its new virtual care center. The Chesterfield, Missouri-based system, which has been touting the project since 2011, broke ground on the 120,000-square-foot facility last May; the facility will house all of Mercy's telehealth programs.

Surgical robot hacks: Exploring the vulnerabilities

An engineering team at the University of Washington has been exploring the security vulnerabilities of a surgical robot to determine whether a malicious attack could hijack remotely-controlled operations in the future.