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Continue training, testing to maintain ICD-10 momentum

Healthcare organizations should use the extra time afforded by the delay of ICD-10 to conduct more testing and training and to maintain the momentum they've developed thus far, according to AHIMA...

Lawmakers question ONC's regulatory authority

Like many others, some members of Congress want to know what's next for ONC once federal Meaningful Use and HITECH Act funding dries up.

Hurdles persist for provider use of data analytics

Healthcare providers more often turn to different sources of electronic data for their analytics efforts, according to a new survey conducted jointly by the eHealth Initiative and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Trimmer ONC will have its work cut out for it

Midway through her first year as national coordinator for health IT, Karen DeSalvo, no doubt, has put her stamp on ONC.

UPMC data breach tally hits 62,000

The number of employees at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center impacted by a fraudulent tax return scam by identity thieves, thought to originally have impacted 27,000 people, has more than doubled.

GAO: VA needs to up its game with cybersecurity training

Echoing previous calls for federal agencies to improve their cyber incident response practices, a new GAO report calls for consistent role-based training. Of the six agencies studied, only Veterans Affairs did not address that issue at all, according to the report.

Pediatricians could take a financial hit with switch to ICD-10

The switch to ICD-10 could have a substantial impact on pediatricians' bottom lines, according to a study that found that 26 percent of ICD-9 codes used in that specialty are convoluted in their mapping to ICD-10.

CMS official: ICD-10 test week sees nearly 90% claims approval

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services accepted 89 percent of ICD-10 test claims submitted by providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses in March, according to Niall Brennan, acting director of the agency's Offices of Enterprise Management.

Promise of artificial intelligence also poses challenges in healthcare

Whether it's an online commercial database or a home-grown system, data mining is informing--and transforming--how clinicians treat patients. But although such systems can process vast amounts of structured data, they still have trouble with more nuanced pieces of information

FDA, HHS make data available to public

The FDA has released data on drug adverse events as part of its OpenFDA initiative to make the information it gathers more readily usable by developers, researchers and the public.

As funding dries up, ONC reorganizes, consolidates offices

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, in an internal memo sent to ONC staffers and emailed to FierceHealthIT late Friday, announced a slew of organizational changes at the agency.

PCAST report calls on HHS to develop national health data infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must lead efforts to develop a "robust" national health information infrastructure via provider adoption of interoperable electronic health records, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

CISOs in demand as threats of cyberattacks grow

U.S. companies, including those in the healthcare sector, increasingly are hiring chief information security officers who understand business and risk management.

Joseph Kvedar: Telehealth needs standards of care, safeguards

Telehealth is growing more prevalent and states must adopt policies--such as a model policy adopted in April by the Federation of State Medical Boards--to address patient safety, Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., founder and director of the Center for Connected Health, writes at Health Affairs Blog

Access management tops healthcare execs' security and privacy worries

Identity management, unauthorized data access by employees, BYOD and remote security policies top the list of healthcare providers' security and privacy concerns, according to a new KLAS report.

$730 million available to states to test new care delivery models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering a second round of funding to help states implement new healthcare delivery and payment models.

Former ONC official: 'Reboot' HITECH

John Loonsk, former director of interoperability and standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and current chief medical information officer at CGI, would like to see a "reboot" of HITECH efforts.

Futurist: Tech revolution in healthcare requires systemic change

The proliferation of "fast, cheap and out-of-control" technologies will revolutionize healthcare ... but only if the industry undergoes systemic change and values effectiveness over billing, says futurist Joe Flower.

Big data lacks demonstrated 'real-world' value

Big data will not reduce costs or improve care unless the industry overcomes challenges around standards and methods, according to a NEHI report.

HIMSS: Security risk assessment tool confusing, clunky

An HHS security risk assessment tool to help providers in small- and medium-sized offices determine vulnerability to potential privacy attacks needs some work, say HIMSS officials.