StartUp Health, GE look to support more digital health companies

StartUp Health is expanding its partnership with GE Ventures in an effort to help build up digital health companies.

Data projects need support of providers, health system leaders to find success

When it comes to use of data in healthcare, one key component is collaboration between data scientists, physicians and others, according to Penn Medicine Chief Data Scientist Michael Draugelis.

Hospital execs: Lack of standards the biggest barrier to keeping health data secure

A lack of standards when it comes to cybersecurity in healthcare is a barrier to stopping threats, improving interoperability and retaining patient trust, according to a group of hospital executives speaking Tuesday at a National Health IT Week event in the District of Columbia.

New OCR online platform allows HIT developers to vent HIPAA concerns

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights on Monday launched an online platform that enables health technology developers to pose questions and concerns about HIPAA privacy protection.

Industry sees an opening for med device tax repeal

The medical device industry sees an opportunity to repeal the much-maligned medical device tax enacted to help support the Affordable Care Act.

New Hampshire health systems, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care form new company Benevera Health

Three New Hampshire health systems will team up with payer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to form a new company that will enhance healthcare coordination. 

Digital health funding in first three quarters of 2015 hits $3.3B

Digital health funding for the first three quarters of 2015 has outpaced that raised during the same time period in 2014, which was a record year for investments, according to a Rock Health report.

Culture change key to successful patient engagement, say providers, innovators

Successful patient engagement by provider organizations is as much about culture change as updated technology, according to stakeholders speaking last week at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's annual consumer summit in the District of Columbia.

Prescriptions may soon be made using algorithms

Some trends set to come in healthcare will include the ability for health data to be autopopulated, prescriptions based on algorithms and big brands controlling precision medicine, according to Scanadu CEO Walter De Brouwer.

Look beyond healthcare industry for patient engagement inspiration

In an effort to improve patient engagement, providers may benefit from looking for inspiration beyond U.S. healthcare, or even the industry altogether.

Why Teladoc could be on shaky ground

Teladoc shares fell last week after a report that Highmark is now renewing its contract with the telemedicine company.

3 growth areas for patient engagement in healthcare

Patient engagement has been one of the key trends in healthcare and health IT in 2015 and a new Deloitte survey examines where engagement is growing the most and what it means for the industry.

Precision Medicine Initiative's security, privacy challenges

President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative poses security and privacy issues, but they're not all new challenges, Kirk Nahra, partner at the law firm Wiley Rein LLP, says in an interview at

ONC to develop patient-generated health data policy framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will develop a policy framework for identifying best practices, gaps and opportunities for the use of patient-generated health data in research and care delivery through 2024, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo announced Thursday.

Hospitals tout success on Day 1 of ICD-10 transition

Day 1 of ICD-10 use was a relative success, according to several hospital IT and information management leaders who spoke to FierceHealthIT.

Healthcare cybersecurity preparedness: Why it must start at the top

Too often, security is seen as a technology rather than an initiative that should start at the top, according to a new report.

NIH to award $38 million more in BRAIN Initiative grants

In a second wave of funding this year, the National Institutes of Health will be awarding $38 million more to projects as part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative.

Mercy Health takes telemedicine farther with virtual facility

Healthcare organizations are continuing to take telemedicine to the next level. Case in point: Mercy Hospital's new virtual telemedicine facility.

VA OIG: Palo Alto Healthcare System vendor partnership put patient data at risk

The Palo Alto VA Healthcare System put patient health information at risk during a pilot program with an outside vendor meant to improve its IT capabilities, according to a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General.

WEDI to keep ICD-10 issue reporting tool live post-Oct. 1; CMS will monitor switch in real time

ICD-10 D-Day is here, and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange says its searchable ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database will be available after the transition.