BPC aims to develop recommendations for speeding medical innovation

The Bipartisan Policy Center this week kicked off its five-point "FDA: Advancing Medical Innovation" initiative, with the first session addressing how to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of medical products.

Ascension Health turns to care partners, data to reduce readmissions

To turn big data into big changes in readmission rates, executives at Ascension Health created strong partnerships with others in the care continuum.

For data security, 'C-suite must care, workforce must be aware'

Members of the healthcare C-suite must be able to understand the privacy and security risks their organizations face and properly communicate those risks to their workforce, law professor Daniel Solove told a packed ballroom at the 23rd National HIPAA Summit on Tuesday in the District of Columbia.

Premera says data breach may affect 11 million consumers

Premera Blue Cross admitted yesterday that hackers gained access to the personal information of about 11 million customers.

CHIME offers $1 million prize for patient matching solution

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is launching a $1 million challenge this summer in an effort to solve the problem of accurately matching patients with their healthcare information, the organization announced this week.

Assessing the benefits of data-driven healthcare

By Lynn McVey If you were ever lucky enough to hear Atul Gawande, M.D., speak, you're lucky enough. I always defended and held my beloved healthcare system in high regard. As I began to explore...

HIPAA audits still on hold

Phase II of the federal HIPAA audit program remains "under development," Joceyln Samuels, director of the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights, said Monday at the 23rd National HIPAA Summit in the District of Columbia.

WEDI report update finds progress on health IT goals, but work remains

An evaluation since the 2013 release of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) roadmap for healthcare information exchange found progress made during 2014, but the goal remains a work in progress.

4 ways hospitals can help physician practices transition to ICD-10

Hospitals must step in and assist struggling physician practices with ICD-10 implementation as the deadline draws closer, according to consultants D'Arcy Gue and Thomas Grove of Phoenix Health Systems.

Why health attorneys must not dismiss the revised Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

Health lawyers should pay attention to a revised version of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act currently in the works, according to Indiana University law professor Nicolas Terry. 

UPMC teams with universities to develop data-based health innovations

Two Pittsburgh-area universities are teaming up with UPMC to revolutionize healthcare through big data.

Aetna CMO: UDIs in claims forms necessary to improve care

Transparency when it comes to doctors and hospitals tracking the devices that go into patients is necessary to improve quality and reduce costs, according to Harold Paz, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Aetna.

CIO Spotlight: Cybersecurity keeps Springhill's Mark Kilborn 'awake all night' [Q&A]

At Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, chief information officer Mark Kilborn has a lot to juggle--from cybersecurity to Meaningful Use attestation. But despite all of the 252-bed acute care hospital's projects, Kilborn cites the passion of his staff in helping patients as vital to the facility's success. 

New ED interoperability specification results from rigorous standards development

The new HL7 Data Elements for Emergency Department Systems specification identifies a common set of data elements in an effort to improve interoperability among EDs. It's the first set of ED-related data elements to undergo rigorous standards development, according to an article at Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

HITRUST creates framework for de-identification of data

The Health Information Trust Alliance has created a new framework based around de-identification of sensitive patient information, it announced this week.

Delaware HIE empowers patients to be 'partners in their own health'

HIE should stand for "Health Information Ecosystem," where all parties draw from and contribute to the network, according to Jan Lee, CEO of the Delaware Health Information Network.

Geisinger researchers share framework for putting a learning health system into practice

While the learning health system, so far, is largely theoretical, researchers with Geisinger Health System lay out a framework for making it a reality within the Danville, Pennsylvania-based organization in an article at eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Success of young hospital CIOs hinges on organizational knowledge

For younger chief information officers in hospital systems, getting to where they are now took dedication and gaining an understanding of all aspects of their healthcare system.

Regional culture impacts inappropriate imaging for prostate, breast cancer

In determining the level of use of healthcare imaging resources, research published this week in JAMA Oncology found that regional factors are of high importance. Being able to better understand those patterns, the study's authors said, could help make better use of healthcare programs.

Mount Sinai turns to telemedicine to cut ED use, readmissions

As reimbursement for telehealth care grows more ubiquitous, hospitals increasingly are taking advantage of the technology to improve patient care. Case in point, New York-based Mount Sinai Health System this week announced the launch of several telehealth initiatives to extend care beyond its walls.