ONC taps Jon White as acting deputy national coordinator

Jon White, who in October was named acting chief medical officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, on Monday was announced as the agency's acting deputy national coordinator as it searches for a replacement for the recently departed Jacob Reider.

Karen DeSalvo: Candid feedback on HIT regulations, policies crucial

Health IT holds promise for delivery of care and improvement of care, but there must be interoperability of systems, flexible oversight of technology and governance policies for it to reach its full potential, according to panelists at a Bipartisan Policy Center event held Wednesday in the District of Columbia.

How combining housing, health data can improve patient care

By housing and health data sets, researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center were able to determine the housing complexes from which patients were most likely to return because of asthma problems.

University of Chicago to examine flow of HIT in communities

The University of Chicago's Computation Institute and the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences are teaming up to assess healthcare innovation.

Is another ICD-10 delay inevitable?

When it comes to ICD-10, a feeling of déjà vu is beginning to creep over me. Not only are interest groups both for and against the implementation out in full force, apparently another delay could be attached to a "must-pass" $157 billion spending bill for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services that expires next week.

What makes hospital CIOs stay, move on

Although health organizations prize IT leaders with healthcare experience, hospital chief information officers come from a range of industries--and can be lured away by them as well, according to Becker's Health IT and CIO Review.

CMS draft regs push ACOs to outline how, why they'll use technology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in new draft regulations for governing accountable care organizations unveiled Monday, calls on ACOs to describe how they plan to "encourage and promote" the use of technology--such as electronic health records, telehealth services and health information exchange services--to enhance care coordination.

Hospital CIOs share insight on experiences, challenges

The roles of chief information officers in healthcare are growing, and as technology advances they will continue to face new struggles, making the insights they can offer one another all the more important. That was the impetus behind this year's Scottsdale Institute Fall CIO Summit, where eight CIOs from leading healthcare organizations spoke about their experiences and the troubles they face.

Groups continue to push for two-year delay in ICD-10

Could another ICD-10 delay pass Congress as early as next week? That's one of the scenarios outlined in an article at the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

AHA to FDA: Hold med device makers responsible for cybersecurity

Medical device cybersecurity should be the responsibility of device makers, according to the American Hospital Association.

Florida healthcare leaders begin 2015 telemedicine push

Healthcare professionals in Florida are making a push for expanded telemedicine access in the weeks leading up to 2015.

Leslie Saxon: 'Make people the heroes of their healthcare stories'

Data collection using social media and cellphones could help providers gain better insight into their patients' health and help patients be more engaged in their care, says Leslie Saxon, founder and executive director of The USC Center for Body Computing.

Attorney outlines lessons from the Community Health Systems breach

Healthcare organizations run the risk of passively accepting that a data breach is inevitable rather than actively taking every step to prevent it. That's the lesson for all healthcare organizations from the Community Health Systems breach, according to Paula Knippa, an attorney in the Austin office of Slack & Davis.

Attention to detail key when dealing with big data

Big data has the potential to improve healthcare in many ways, but too much information could become unmanageable for the industry, according to John Mattison, chief medical information officer at Kaiser Permanente.

'To Err is Human' co-author Molly Joel Coye: Improvement on medical errors 'not enough'

The healthcare industry has made progress in reducing medical errors over the past 15 years, but it's not enough, according to Molly Joel Coye, M.D., chief innovation officer of UCLA Health and a co-author of the watershed "To Err is Human" report 

ECRI top hazards: Alarms, data integrity, cybersecurity, device recalls

For the fourth year in a row, alarm fatigue tops the ECRI Institute's Top 10 list of health technology hazards. Meanwhile, cybersecurity has elbowed its way up the list of threats--and recall management makes a debut appearance.

UM's Sue Schade: Women advancing in health IT careers, but there's more to do

More women are working in the health IT field, but there's still more work to do, says Sue Schade, chief information officer at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

Study: Barriers impact use of public health data

Despite an increase in health data collection--barriers remain to gaining and using the information to improve care, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Cybersecurity remains a priority for provider organizations

As cyberthreats in healthcare continue to grow, security remains a top priority for provider organizations, according to a new report published by IDC Health Insights.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Frank Federico: Technology can't dictate care

If implemented well, technology can do great things for healthcare, but providers can't let it dictate how to do their work, says Institute for Healthcare Improvement Executive Director Frank Federico.