ONC's Lucia Savage: I'm getting the 'cobwebs' out of security of interoperable data

Since stepping into her role last fall, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's chief privacy officer Lucia Savage has set her focus on fostering interoperability in healthcare while ensuring security and privacy is maintained.

Why DoD EHR modernization will fail

As the U.S. Department of Defense zeroes in on determining which bidding group will be awarded the coveted contract to modernize its electronic health record system, Loren Thompson, COO at the nonprofit Lexington Institute, says the effort is doomed to fail.

Providers, vendors both to blame for information blocking

Most information blocking in healthcare is "beyond the current reach" of federal agencies to detect, investigate and address, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's report to Congress published Friday.

ICD-11 may still be a decade away for US

While ICD-11 is expected to be released worldwide in 2017, per the World Health Organization, it likely won't be ready for use in the U.S. healthcare system for at least seven to 10 years, believes Michael Stearns, M.D., CEO of Austin, Texas-based healthcare IT and compliance organization Apollo HIT.

FDA program to speed approval of devices for unmet needs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is creating a voluntary program, the Expedited Access Program, to speed medical devices to patients who have life-threatening conditions while not compromising FDA's safety standards, according to a blog post on the agency's website.

Examining three decades of health IT change

After more than 30 years working at the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine, outgoing director Donald Lindberg has seen first-hand the changes technology has had on the healthcare industry.

NIST seeks comments on path forward for cybersecurity of consumer data

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on suggested future cybersecurity efforts to protect consumer data, including healthcare data.

FTC: Interoperability roadmap needs to promote innovation, competition

Through its interoperability roadmap, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should work to promote competition and innovation, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Health IT to help fight negative health impacts of climate change

The White House is turning to data and the innovative power of both individuals and tech companies to prepare health systems in the U.S. for changes global warming will bring.

HIMSS15: Cybersecurity must be faced by industry head on

Less than a quarter of the way through 2015, tens of millions of healthcare consumers already have seen their personal information compromised--the most notable hacks so far being on health insurance...

HIMSS15: Embracing innovation to improve care outcomes

There currently are many efforts in healthcare to support and advance innovation. For instance, the Bipartisan Policy Center is working on a program to support innovation in healthcare. Its...

Get social at HIMSS15

Are your thumbs ready? One of the biggest health IT conferences of the year is almost here, and social media will be one of the go-to places to hear about the most exciting news that comes out of the...

HIMSS15: Can interoperability go from idea to reality?

Interoperability is one of those words you can't avoid if you work in the health IT industry, and its use is only going to grow as 2015 wears on. It's a controversial topic, with most...

FierceHealthcare can connect you with qualified job candidates

Finding qualified job candidates in this fast-changing healthcare industry is never an easy task. So why not shift some of the burden onto us? With 150,000 email subscribers throughout healthcare,...

HIMSS15: George W. Bush, Karen DeSalvo headline keynote speakers

In April 2004, President George W. Bush, through an Executive Order, created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT with a goal of widespread use of electronic health records within 10 years.

HIMSS15: Meaningful discussions on Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use Stage 3 conversations already are in full swing since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' announcement of the proposed rule last month. For instance, many in the provider industry have expressed apprehension about some of the objectives and measures in the rule, such as those pertaining to increased patient engagement.

Cleveland Clinic business development branch opens product marketplace

Cleveland Clinic Innovations is opening up an online marketplace for digital health products.

HIMSS15: Don't underestimate the value of accountability

Looking ahead to next week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference in Chicago, several topics have the potential to grab headlines, including: The reactions...

Mayo Clinic survey: Few patients have experience with video calls

Patients support use of telehealth from home via videoconferencing, but hurdles such as the consumer's age and distance from a clinic remain, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

4 tips for effective PHI disclosure

An enterprise-wide protected health information disclosure management strategy has helped East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana, to standardize the process, streamline workflow and reduce the time to fill requests to three days, according to an article published this month in the Journal of AHIMA.