Federal health, data officials: Info sharing 'critical' to understanding disease

Efforts such as the Blue Button initiative and the Department of Health and Human Services' recent information sharing pledge represent progress for patients in an evolving healthcare landscape, according to a blog post by three federal policy staffers.


Philadelphia aspires to be the Silicon Valley of healthcare innovation

Investors and the local healthcare industry want to make Philadelphia a rival to Silicon Valley in healthcare innovation, according to an article in Free Enterprise.

Kaiser Permanente's Angie Stevens: ACA a factor in our telehealth growth

​Despite already having used video visits for a number of years, adoption by both clinicians and patients remains a challenge for Kaiser Permanente, according to Angie Stevens, Kaiser Permanente executive director of telehealth IT.

HHS Ventures program projects for 2016 include food surveillance app, HR wiki

Projects for this year's Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Ventures program will focus on development of a public health surveillance mobile app, a federal HR wiki and more.

Grants to help develop systems to support chronic pain patients, improve understanding of EHR use for research

A university researcher has been awarded two health innovation grants: One to create tools that will help improve care for patients dealing with chronic pain, and another to give patients a better understanding of use of electronic health records for research purposes.

Providers find telehealth-based mentorship program valuable

Participants in a telemedicine-based specialty mentorship program reported finding its value increased over time, according to research published at Telemedicine and e-Health.

HIT groups praise passage of MEDTECH Act by Senate Committee

The MEDTECH Act was one of seven bills passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee this week to further medical innovation.

Homer Chin: Vendor support for OpenNotes a 'necessary but insufficient condition' [Q&A]

The OpenNotes project, which aims to better engage patients by allowing them real-time access to their doctor's clinical notes, continues to evolve and expand. Such expansion, however, has not always been easy, and many efforts remain works in progress, according to Homer Chin, a physician champion for the Northwest OpenNotes Consortium and former associate medical director for medical informatics at Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

Inappropriate use of 'notes' field in e-prescribing can cause patient harm

Doctors' use of the free-text "Notes" field in e-prescriptions to communicate additional prescription-related information to pharmacists can create confusion and even patient harm, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

OIG: HHS shows improvement on security program, but needs to do more

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made improvements last year in compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA), but needs to do more, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Cyberattacks increase in sophistication, breaches go 'unchecked,' survey finds

Cyberattacks throughout all industries are growing more sophisticated and the number of breaches at organizations "continues to go unchecked," according to a survey of cybersecurity managers and practitioners.

University of Cincinnati uses 'device-agnostic' telestroke program to connect docs to ER

Through a telestroke and image exchange platform, the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center is connecting doctors in the emergency room to physicians at other hospitals.

CommonWell's Jitin Asnaani: There's no excuse for providers not getting data

Since its inception in the spring of 2013, the ComonWell Health Alliance, which enables data exchange for vendor members at healthcare organizations nationwide, has grown to more than 40 members, including founding members Cerner, Allscripts, athenahealth, McKesson, Greenway Health, Evident and Sunquest. While Executive Director Jitin Asnaani is optimistic for the potential of future growth, he's also realistic about the alliance's expectations going forward.

Verily looks to create 'Google of human systems biology'

Verily, Google's life sciences arm, is looking to create a library that uses machine-learning technology to help medical professionals search for medical information.

Feedback loops on patient health data key to engagement

Feedback loops connecting patients and their doctors are key to engaging and helping consumers, according to an article at NEJM Catalyst.

Proposed framework focuses on electronic healthcare predictive analytic applications

A proposed framework focusing on development and application of electronic healthcare predictive analytic applications has been published this month in eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

E-consults improve communication between clinicians, specialists

When it comes to improving access to specialty care, especially for underserved populations, e-consultations are a viable solution, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

21st Century Oncology Holdings victim of hack

An organization that operates cancer centers across the U.S. was the victim of a cyberattack last year, it recently announced.

Elderly black, Latino patients less likely to use health organization's online portal

Patients who are over the age of 69 and black or Latino are less likely to use a health organization's online patient portal, and organizations that serve elderly populations should be aware of such disparities, according to a recent study.

Hospital IT security hiring about balancing academic, operational experience

Finding security pros with the right mix of knowledge and skills remains one of the top challenges for healthcare chief information officers, according to Curt Kwak, CIO of Washington-based Proliance Surgeons, which operates 100 sites.