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Hospital CISO: External risk assessments key to ensuring security

Providers should not underestimate the value of external risk assessments, no matter how strong similar internal programs seem to be, an IT security official at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia said.

ICD-10 delays: Like a game of 'Red Light, Green Light'

With all of its starting and stopping, the transition to ICD-10 is starting to resemble the children's game "Red Light, Green Light," Brett LeFevre, an associate at Salt Lake City-based healthcare consulting firm Leavitt Partners writes in a recent post to the Health Affairs blog.

Data-driven simulations help ease ED crowding

Researchers from the University of Florida are touting the success of a data-driven simulation model that helps reduce crowding in the emergency room.

Traditional media reigns over social media for sharing health policy research

Health policy researchers still turn to traditional media over social media when sharing their findings, despite sites such as Twitter and Facebook boasting hundreds of millions of users.

FDA issues guidance on submissions to device identifier database

The FDA has released guidance to manufacturers for submissions to its Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). 

ONC interoperability plan draws tempered industry reaction

Reaction to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 10-year interoperability plan has been mixed, with organizations calling for stronger language and greater detail but also praising this first step.

Groups urge feds to reimburse ACOs for telehealth

Saying they want to improve care coordination, several organizations are calling on the federal government to reimburse accountable care organizations for the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies.

Connecting EMS, hospitals requires careful collaboration

Lack of interoperability with hospital systems and lack of federal funds continue to be obstacles for effective data-sharing between emergency crews and hospitals.

Analytics help UPMC improve outcomes in patient-centered medical homes

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is touting success in improving patient outcomes through its data analytics program and a pilot project using patient centered medical homes.

Telehealth reimbursement growth a slow process

Despite progress in obtaining reimbursement for telehealth services from private payers, change is coming slowly, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

VA needs IT, security assurances to regain credibility

Ensuring the reliability and security of current and future IT systems will be key to helping the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regain some of the credibility it has lost in the wake of the growing scheduling controversy.

Army experience informs hospital CISO Heather Roszkowski's security efforts

Ensuring the security of health data, much like handling highly sensitive military information, requires immaculate attention to detail. The transition from information assurance manager for the U.S. Army to hospital chief information security officer was a seamless one for Heather Roszkowski of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.

NIH working group urges $4.5 billion budget for BRAIN Initiative

An advisory group to the National Institutes of Health is urging $4.5 billion in funding for brain research over the next 12 years in a report laying out goals and a framework for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

State telemedicine efforts encounter hurdles

Legislative efforts to enhance the use of telemedicine in both Florida and Tennessee have hit some bumps in the road, according to various reports.

ONC unveils 10-year plan for healthcare interoperability

By 2024, the national health IT infrastructure and data standards will evolve to support robust information sharing and aggregation, creating a "continuous learning" environment for care, according to an ONC paper published today.

WEDI roadmap urges HHS to limit burden of ICD-10 delay

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a letter dated June 4 to take action to minimize disruption within the healthcare industry from the ICD-10 delay.

University of Colorado Health building a data infrastructure from scratch

University of Colorado Health is building IT systems to treat people, not diseases, according to CIO Steve Hess.

Kathleen Sebelius: Data liberation works

Federal data liberation efforts, including those at the Department of Health and Human Services, represent reforms that are bigger than one administration, according to outgoing HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

U.S. researchers, U.K. partner on open data healthcare framework

The creation of a blueprint for the use of open data in healthcare was the driving force behind a recent collaboration between researchers at New York University's GovLab and England's National Health Service.

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...