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UPMC computer simulation helps to examine potential measles outbreaks

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health recently unveiled a computer simulation that examines how a potential measles outbreak would impact cities in the United States.

China linked to Anthem attack

The massive hack attack on health insurer Anthem's database that compromised information for 78.8 million consumers has been connected to the Chinese government.

Med student interest in informatics greater than knowledge of training opportunities

Even as healthcare becomes more about using technology to gain knowledge from reams of data, medical students' interest in pursing clinical informatics (CI) training outpaces their knowledge about opportunities to do so, according to a new study at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

WEDI encourages, educates small providers on ICD-10 testing

A new Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange white paper encourages small providers to participate in testing prior to the ICD-10 go-live date of Oct. 1, in order to avoid potential claims denials or delays, as well as cash flow issues that may result from such denials. Testing also can help providers to determine whether their electronic health record system and associated applications will have trouble generating ICD-10 claims.

Despite OCR 'crackdown,' few organizations fined for HIPAA violations

Despite a proliferation of healthcare breaches and warnings from the Office of Civil Rights that it plans to crack down on organizations that don't effectively protect patient data, far too few...

Most health-related websites share personal info with third-parties

Third parties receive personal health information from more than 90 percent of visits to health-related websites, according to research to be published in the March 2015 issue of Communication of the ACM.

Why hospital CIOs must carve out time for innovation

Healthcare leaders tend to get bogged down in the day-to-day, while "finding time for innovation amidst the swirl of must-do projects can be a challenge," according to John Halamka, chief information officer at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Net neutrality vote ensures equality for online health efforts

In ruling, 3-2, in favor of net neutrality Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission declared that there would be no paid prioritization, meaning no "fast lanes" for certain kinds of Internet traffic. While many in the healthcare industry see that as a positive, with a belief that private companies with deeper pockets should not necessarily receive preferential treatment over those with less means, some feel that defining the Internet as a public utility, in essence, already is a first step toward creating a fast lane for health data.

Burwell presses Congress for more ONC, precision medicine funding

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday lobbied for a big boost in funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the National Institutes of Health and the president's Precision Medicine Initiative at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health.

Few docs on track with ICD-10 implementation, survey indicates

Physician practices remain optimistic about their ability to meet the ICD-10 deadline and are slightly more prepared to meet that goal than last year, according to the results of a new survey from vendor Navicure.

Atul Gawande: Simple steps, not tech, will improve healthcare

Health technology often is touted as being the catalyst to better healthcare, but surgeon Atul Gawande says the real change lies in simpler things--such as asking better questions and making clinicians wash their hands.

State licensure problems plague telemedicine

Obtaining state medical licenses is a time consuming process and a big barrier to the use of telemedicine across state lines, and according to the authors of a new report, the time to find a solution is now.

NIH head: Technology will help drive Precision Medicine Initiative

The path forward for the Precision Medicine Initiative that President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union speech in some respects has yet to be invented, but the time is right for this bold step, writes Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a perspective article for The New England Journal of Medicine.

How health IT is shifting patient-doctor relationships

The relationship between Google and Mayo Clinic to provide better health information online for consumers has the power to create a "true paradigm change" in the industry, according to health IT consultant Michael Millenson.

PHI breaches up 25 percent in 2014

Breaches of protected health information increased more than 25 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to a new analysis published this week.

CMS: 81 percent of initial ICD-10 test claims accepted

Of nearly 15,000 test claims received by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for the first round of end-to-end ICD-10 testing, 81 percent were accepted, according to statistics revealed by the agency Wednesday.

VA looks to boost cybersecurity funding by $24M

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for $180 million in its fiscal 2016 budget request to boost its cybersecurity efforts.

Anthem releases hack numbers by state; 78.8 million consumers impacted overall

More exact numbers are in for the cybersecurity attack on health insurance company Anthem, with 78.8 million people impacted, including 60 million-70 million of Anthem's customers.

Are you ready for the e-health invasion?

By Jonathan H. Burroughs Disruptive innovation may be described as the introduction of a new technology or paradigm that while not as good as the original, provides easier, lower cost accessibility...

Cybersecurity: How health execs handle growing privacy threat [Special Report]

​Cybersecurity in healthcare is easier said than done. In this special report, FierceHealthIT examines what providers and payers currently are doing to prevent data breaches, as well as what they should be doing. We also speak to attorneys and patient advocates to gain a better understanding of the cybersecurity challenges that lie ahead. Full report