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Practice council: HIEs need information, data governance

Consolidation and governance of health information exchanges is crucial as the number of HIEs across the country continues to grow, according to industry experts in an analysis published this month in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

ONC, FTC commit to collaborate to strengthen health IT competition

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Trade Commission plan to work together to promote competition in the health IT marketplace, the two agencies have revealed.

Telemedicine poised for tipping point despite remaining hurdles

The health industry has reached a tipping point for telemedicine to become a standard of practice nationwide, according to panelists speaking at U.S. News and World Report's Hospital of Tomorrow conference in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Open Payments: Will the database help or hurt?

FierceHealthIT spoke with Glenn Engelmann, senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. law firm of McDermott Will & Emery and a former senior executive with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, about the recently launched Open Payments database.

Judy Murphy steps down as chief nursing officer at ONC, joins IBM

Judy Murphy, chief nursing officer and director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is stepping down from her position to join tech giant IBM, according to an internal announcement emailed to FierceHealthIT.

Debate grows in big data use for patient care

In the absence of clinical trials for guidance, physicians and researchers increasingly are looking at the troves of data that exist--on thousands or millions of patients with similar conditions--to set a course for patient care, according to an article in The New York Times.

Financial incentives have little impact on online wellness program participation

Despite the offer of cash incentives, health plan members are unlikely to participate in online programs, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Geisinger finds telemedicine cuts readmissions, costs for heart failure patients

Heart failure patients participating in a Geisinger Health Plan telemonitoring program were significantly less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, according to a study to be published in the December issue of Population Health Management.

New FDA strategic roadmap includes health IT-related goals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week unveiled a new roadmap that outlines its strategic priorities through 2018. According to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, the plan--which includes many health IT-related goals--was in development for more than a year.

Risk assessment, organization key for CISOs

Risk assessment and agility are crucial to having a robust system in place to handle the high volume of security threat information, two healthcare information security experts say.

Banner Health implements three telemedicine programs, plans for more

Banner Health in Phoenix has one more site left--in Fairbanks, Alaska--before its telemedicine program is available systemwide.

VA CIO says new scheduling system will roll out by 2017

Contrary to previous reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will deploy a new scheduling system by 2017.

FDA pubs cybersecurity guidance for med device makers

In a final guidance document published Oct. 1, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency outlines measures it believes medical device manufacturers must take to ensure the safety and security of their tools in the face of growing cyberthreats.

HIMSS: Road to coordinated care has become rocky

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reached out to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week to create a plan to address health IT issues facing the nation's healthcare system.

AHIMA issues information governance framework

AHIMA has released a framework for healthcare information governance at its annual convention in San Diego, calling for commitment to managing information as a strategic asset.

Digital health investments continue to rise

As the final quarter of 2014 gets underway, digital health funding continues to grow at a rapid rate, already surpassing the about $2 billion raised in 2013.

Open Payments database launches amid increasing criticism

The much-maligned Open Payments database has launched, though it's far from glitch-free.

FDA's device-approval processes under fire

Two new studies published at JAMA Internal Medicine criticize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's processes for approving medical devices.

Breach preparedness activities up in healthcare, other industries

More companies have become focused on data breach preparedness in the past year, according to a new survey from the Ponemon Institute, though many companies remain deficient in governance and security practices that would strengthen their preparedness plans.

Health professionals fear .health, .clinic Web domains will mislead consumers

Soon, health websites may end with .health instead of .com Web domains, and that has some in the healthcare industry worried that consumers could be scammed.