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CMS innovation awards look to bolster patient monitoring, health exchange

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its second batch of recipients in round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards program, bringing the total to $360 million handed out for organizations to test innovative care models.

BRAIN initiative program aims to help soldiers regain lost memory

The University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Pennsylvania have been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to lead its Restoring Active Memory program.

Docs cite EHRs as top IT concern; shun telehealth, social media

When it comes to implementing electronic health records into daily workflow, 17 percent of physicians responding to a newly published survey say it is their top IT concern.

Why health IT spending must switch tactics

Healthcare IT spending by both providers and payers needs to move away from massive systems to the more agile, entrepreneurial approach used by the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung, according to an article at CIO.

Patient-centered data opens door for more individualized care, research

More than ever, patients are having a say in their healthcare--and their input will be an important part of big data collection to create a more "unified story of health and healthcare," according to an article in July's Health Affairs.

Data sharing, EHR interoperability keys to improving clinical trials

As the complexity of clinical trials continues to grow, increased data sharing and interoperability will become more important, according to panelists paticipating at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.

ONC committee endorses Health IT Safety Center

Governance, function and focus recommendations for a proposed Health IT Safety Center presented by a safety task force on behalf of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT won the endorsement of the agency's Health IT Policy Committee on Tuesday.

6 ways providers can employ predictive analytics

Six use cases highlight how healthcare could harness big data to improve care and cut costs for high-risk patients, according to a new article published this month in Health Affairs.

Big data tools help CMS transform healthcare

New developments in data architecture, storage and analysis are helping the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services make better use of data to transform the healthcare system, according to a new Health Affairs article.

DoD-VA interoperability plans lack key information

Reports sent to Congress on plans made by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense for an interoperable electronic health record system fully satisfied only one of six statutory conditions placed on the project, according to new findings published by the Government Accountability Office.

HIT stakeholders raise concerns with FDASIA framework

Several healthcare industry groups are raising concerns in new comments submitted this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the health IT risk-based regulatory framework it published in April in conjunction with  the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission.

Michigan merger creates HIE to serve more than 5 million patients

While New York and Illinois may boast some of the nation's largest health information exchanges, Michigan now is not too far behind.

CPOE market to reach $1.2 billion by 2018

Over the next five years, the computerized physician order entry market is set to grow from $938.4 million to more than $1.2 million, a growth of 6.5 percent, according to a report from research firm MicroMarket Monitor.

Successful CDI initiatives need physician input to gain support

With the ICD-10 delay, experts are urging healthcare organizations to spend the time furthering their efforts toward clinical documentation improvement. That improvement involves physicians, CDI specialists and coders--and closing the gap between "doctor-speak" and "coder-speak."

Hospitals receive millions in grants to improve health IT efforts

Sixty-one hospitals and community health centers across Massachusetts will split $23 million in grants provided by MassHealth--and may of those facilities are getting funds to improve health IT.

Massive number of veterans' eBenefits applications incomplete, set to expire

Most veterans who started their disability claims through the Web portal eBenefits failed to complete them--and thousands of incomplete applications are due to expire this month.

Google co-founders Brin and Page: Tech giant will not become healthcare company

Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page said in conversation with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla that the tech giant would not likely become a health company, citing regulatory burdens that dissuade many entrepreneurs.

Hospital IT execs: Patient safety results should define CPOE success

The success of a computerized physician order entry implementation project should be defined, first and foremost, by improvements to patient safety, according to Chris Snyder, a hospitalist and chief medical information officer at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

CMS proposes expanded telehealth coverage for 2015

Annual wellness visits and psychotherapy are among four services the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to add to the list of services that can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries via telehealth, according to a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year issued late Thursday.

Software tool aims to keep sensitive patient data more private

Software developed by computer scientists at the University of Illinois could help to ensure that sensitive data in patient medical records is not shared against a patient's wishes.