Stephen Warren, chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, says one of his biggest worries is that the proliferation of breaches will undermine the public's trust in e-commerce.
Hospital CIOs expressed concern that the sudden announced departures of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider potentially leave federal health IT efforts in limbo.
Telehealth is becoming an essential tool for empowering nurses out in the field as they care for their patients, according to Visiting Nurse Services of New York telehealth program manager Alice Rainford-Miller.
Despite widespread support for a learning health system (LHS)--one in which the care of each patient leads to improvement for everyone--creating such a system on the national level remains a challenge. At a National Science Foundation workshop, participants tried to pin down exactly what creating such a system entails.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives this week launched a pair of organizations geared toward representing chief technology officers and chief application officers in healthcare.
While personal health data abounds, it won't help patients make the right healthcare decisions if they don't know what to do with it, according to Harry Greenspun, M.D., senior adviser at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
Karen DeSalvo will step down from her role as National Coordinator for Health IT, effective immediately, to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider also will step down in late November.
In discussing the bevy of hurdles impeding the path to interoperability in healthcare at the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference this week, Mary Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, which represents chief executives from healthcare companies and organizations nationwide, outlined several steps and principles necessary to guide that transition.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco monitored one month's worth of alarms at the facility to determine the alarm causes, as well as potential solutions to fatigue.
Medical devices and hospital equipment are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after suspected cybersecurity flaws that could allow the tools to be hacked.
For health IT, it is both the best of times and the worst of times, according to the American Medical Association's President-Elect Steven Stack.
At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo reiterated the challenges and goals associated with implementing ubiquitous interoperability throughout the healthcare industry.
Though data breaches tend to be costly for healthcare providers--the cost of the Community Health Systems breach, for instance, has been estimated to be as much as $150 million--patients who sue don't necessarily win, as two California Hospital cases bear out.
A penetration test of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's computer network conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General uncovered several vulnerabilities.
Goals for the new federal health Information technology safety center, an idea initially proposed by the Institute of Medicine in a report published in November 2011, are outlined in a new article published this week the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
With healthcare breaches becoming routine, there's a thriving black market for medical identity information. And criminals are using the information in a variety of ways, according to a Fortune article.
Penn Medicine's decrease in sepsis mortality rates.is credited to its use of data analytics, according to Healthcare IT News
Managing health IT effectively requires strong governance and shared decision-making, according to consultant Dick Taylor, M.D., in an article at InformationWeek.
As hospitals prepare to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding by October 2015, computer-assisted coding (CAC)tools will become increasingly important, so much so that, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, they have the highest growth potential out of 25 support service applications.
Research exploring how social media can be used to advance prevention and treatment of substance abuse has received a boost from the National Institutes of Health.