How the Army is keeping vets healthy through access to data

One key to keeping veterans healthy is putting them in control of their own health data, and the Army is doing that through the Performance Triad.

Technology should help, not hinder, healthcare providers

While technology in healthcare is supposed to make the work and lives of both physicians and patients easier, that is not always the case, according to Michael L. Millenson, president of Health Quality Advisors LLC.

Joseph Kvedar: Telemedicine 'well positioned' as payment models shift

As both the cost of care and the number of chronically ill patients continue to rise, so, too, does the importance of telemedicine to the health industry, according to Partners HealthCare Vice President of Connected Health Joseph Kvedar.

FDA pilot aims to ease process of adding risk evaluation data to health information systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to ease and standardize the process of integrating Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies developed by drug and device manufacturers into electronic health information systems, it announced this week. 

New American Medical Association workgroup meets to discuss telehealth use in clinical practice

The American Medical Association's Telehealth Services Workgroup held its first meeting this week with more than 50 industry experts to discuss how to advance the technology.

NATO successfully tests multinational telemedicine exercise

NATO is moving forward with its telemedicine initiatives, and has a goal of creating a system across nations that can increase health access as well as survival rates during emergencies.

Retired Army Captain: Health IT tools need to reduce redundancy, complexity of care

Retired U.S. Army Capt. Nathan Wayne Waldon knows first-hand what it's like to move through the healthcare system after a traumatic injury and how health IT can make the process easier.


AHA: 'Much work remains' for provider interoperability

While hospitals are sharing more data than ever, thanks to increased adoption of electronic health records, limitations and high costs are barriers in their use to improve care, according to a report...

HIMSS Policy Summit: Patient variation makes engagement difficult, panelists say

While engagement of patients in their own care is vital to improving the health industry, achieving success is a difficult task, panelists said Wednesday at the HIMSS Policy Summit in the District of Columbia.

Wake Forest, Pappas Capital team up to advance science technologies

A new $15-million program is coming to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to help the organization advance science technologies.

Intermountain saves $2.5 million with blood-tracking initiative

An initiative at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare to reduce blood transfusions helped the 22-hospital system cut costs by $2.5 million over two years while significantly reducing hospital-acquired infections and mortality, according to research being presented this week at the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Docs accused of using EHR to steal patients

Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, California has filed a suit against pediatric lung specialists, claiming they wrongfully accessed patient records in order to lure them away.

Early Meaningful Use reactions a mixed bag; where do you stand?

The Department of Health and Human Services, at long last, has published its final rule for Meaningful Use, combining the modifications to the incentive program for 2015 through 2017 with Stage 3....

With final interoperability roadmap, ONC aims to put plans into action

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published the final version of its interoperability roadmap, a document that National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo called the culmination of "six years of success in adopting electronic health records," as well as of actions on the part of the federal government.

NIST seeks input on email security projects

The National Institute of Standards and Technology seeks collaborators on two projects to address email security concerns in healthcare and other industries.


StartUp Health, GE look to support more digital health companies

StartUp Health is expanding its partnership with GE Ventures in an effort to help build up digital health companies.

Data projects need support of providers, health system leaders to find success

When it comes to use of data in healthcare, one key component is collaboration between data scientists, physicians and others, according to Penn Medicine Chief Data Scientist Michael Draugelis.

Hospital execs: Lack of standards the biggest barrier to keeping health data secure

A lack of standards when it comes to cybersecurity in healthcare is a barrier to stopping threats, improving interoperability and retaining patient trust, according to a group of hospital executives speaking Tuesday at a National Health IT Week event in the District of Columbia.

New OCR online platform allows HIT developers to vent HIPAA concerns

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights on Monday launched an online platform that enables health technology developers to pose questions and concerns about HIPAA privacy protection.

Industry sees an opening for med device tax repeal

The medical device industry sees an opportunity to repeal the much-maligned medical device tax enacted to help support the Affordable Care Act.