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Turning to telemedicine: How providers differ in their remote care options

Telemedicine is growing in popularity among patients who like the convenience and for providers who can reach rural patients and make more efficient use of their time.

One CIO's case for making medical records available online

Anyone who wants to sift through the medical records of John Halamka can--the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO's information can all be found online as part of the Personal Genome Project.

John Halamka and Deven McGraw: HIPAA not 'behind the times'

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is not as "behind the times" as some detractors of the law maintain, say Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka and newly named Office for Civil Rights Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy Deven McGraw.

Global patient monitoring market grows to $31.4 billion

The demand for wireless and streamlined health devices has led to growth in the patient monitoring market, which currently boasts a global valuation of $31.4 billion, according to a report from Kalorama Information.

How Penn Medicine uses data to improve clinical care

Penn Medicine's investment in electronic health record infrastructure and analytics is paying off in improvements in clinical care.

National Quality Forum advocates for big data quality frameworks

As the healthcare industry pulls in buckets of information from electronic health records, wearables and health apps, "more data, more problems" is becoming a new refrain.

Providers turn to virtual tools to keep patients honest

The ability for patients to be truthful with their doctors is paramount in healthcare, and the industry is turning to digital tools to help people feel more comfortable with being honest.

Why healthcare's lack of interoperability is unethical

The current lack of interoperability between medical devices and other healthcare IT tools represents both a safety dilemma and an ethical issue, according to leaders with the Center for Medical Interoperability.

Patient transfer software helps Rush improve transitions, increase revenue

At Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in the Chicago area, a transfer record system documents every aspect of incoming patient transfers and provides data that helps the organization increase revenue and push for quality improvements, according to an article at Health IT Analytics.

Patients wary of telemedicine, distrust virtual diagnosis

Patients responding to a recent survey said they would be less likely to use telemedicine services compared to an in-person visit with a physician.

Northern Kentucky University releases plans for Health Innovation Center

Later this year, construction will begin on Northern Kentucky University's Health Innovation Center, which will span 95,492 square feet.

How telemedicine aids Mercy Health's efforts to improve care

Telemedicine is a three-legged stool that includes not only technology, but also improving access to healthcare and managing reimbursement issues, Mercy Health's chief medical information officer Stephen Beck, M.D., writes at HIT Consultant.

AHRQ to fund CDS learning network

An initiative is underway by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to fund a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Clinical Decision Support Learning Network.

Hospital M&A: Why CIOs are critical

Chief information officers are key players when companies merge or are acquired, responsible for making sure the technologies from both companies can seamlessly integrate.

UPMC data governance initiative seeks systemwide standardization

As the UPMC Health System builds out its analytics capabilities, an initiative now in its third year, it's started a formal data governance program, according to an article at Healthcare Informatics.

Telemedicine's rapid rise: Examining the factors

Mobile technologies and an increased push by states demanding coverage from insurance companies for telemedicine have prompted rapid growth in the industry, even as sluggishness from Medicare on the issue looms.

Study finds online symptom checkers inaccurate

Patients who turn to websites such WebMD, Mayo Clinic and Ask MD for health queries more often than not get inaccurate information from the sites, according to a study by Harvard Medical School researchers.

Data-sharing helps drug makers understand patient experience with medications

Pharmaceutical companies are looking to data-sharing collaborations in their quest to develop new drugs and to demonstrate value of existing ones, according to a PwC report.

Why healthcare needs more cybersecurity personnel

As technology makes work in hospitals and healthcare systems both easier and more complicated, the healthcare industry is in need of more IT security professionals.

Hospital to pay $218,400 for HIPAA violations

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center must pay $218,400 for HIPAA violations through a agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.