The key to health information security is in data security, and not necessarily the devices in which data is stored, according to Barbara Bartley, executive director of IT operations and information security officer at Montgomery, Ala.-based Baptist Health.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has done a poor job overseeing its "Plan Finder" website, created to aid consumers in their search for appropriate medical coverage, according to a report unveiled this week by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General.
Despite federal incentives and penalties, as well as payer demands, for health data digitization, some providers continue to resist the trend. One health policy and ethics analyst aims to address why in a recent Hospital & Health Networks article.
A petition was created last week calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to adopt the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), the electronic health record used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prioritize hiring in high-risk areas, create and maintain a robust referral program and network at industry conferences--those are among several strategies for recruiting and retaining hospital IT talent, says Mike Bunch, managing director of recruitment and fulfillment at CTG Health Solutions.
Electroencephalography (EEG) is underused as an investigative tool in hospitals, even though it can be used to identify treatable causes of common disorders in hospital patients, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic.
The Obama Administration's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initative, first alluded to in the president's State of the Union Address in February, officially was launched by the White House this morning.
In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst talked about the need for data standards in healthcare and the challenges of meeting ICD-10.
Physicians are increasingly willing to fight back against negative online reviews, filing lawsuits against patients and their family members who post them.
Collaborative technology development efforts between providers and vendors likely will increase as the former continue search for new avenues to earn revenue, according to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CIO Dan Drawbaugh.
A new biological computer developed by Stanford University researchers could potentially detect disease and kill off rogue cells.
Looking to improve care for patients suffering from multiple chronic diseases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week launched an online dashboard that gives researchers easy access to data on Medicare patients with more than one chronic condition. More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries fall into that category, according to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner
Though less common than breaches from lost laptops or other devices, hacking is on the rise in healthcare, experts say. Fending off cybercriminals, however, should go beyond treating security as a routine matter of protecting patient privacy.
You have to spend money to save money. On the face of it, that statement is counter-intuitive, but it's why the government has pumped millions into programs such as Meaningful Use, interoperability efforts, health data privacy and security and healthcare quality improvement. However, the sequestration cuts about to go into effect for some healthcare agencies and programs will allow the healthcare industry--and the government agencies that regulate and promote it--to test an alternate theory: To save money, you have to spend less money.
Combining cultures and planning for leadership are among hospital CIOs' primary concerns when it comes to hospital mergers and acquisitions, according to a recent survey by healthsystemCIO.com.
The American Telemedicine Association is spreading word that many Medicare recipients could lose coverage for telehealth benefits due to expected updates to federal urban/rural categorizations. The updates--delineations of Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas in 97 counties across 36 states--would realign populations in certain areas, which could impact "hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries.".
Self-managed online interventions, though helpful in some types of health intercessions, have proven to be ineffective for people with diabetes, according to a new review published in The Cochrane Library.
Sequester cuts, starting Monday, will take a $3 million bite from the $60 million annual budget of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. While the Office for Civil Rights, the unit within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services responsible for HIPAA enforcement, has yet to determine the impact on its budget, those cuts could affect the ONC's ongoing work on data privacy and security.