Initial NIH BRAIN Initiative investments total $46 million

The National Institutes of Health will put forward $46 million to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative in its first wave of investments for the project.

Researchers examine fingerprint scanning to boost vaccination accuracy

Electronically recording and tracking the fingerprints of infants and toddlers holds the potential to improve the volume and accuracy of immunization coverage, according to a Michigan State University study.

Fierce Innovation Awards call for entries: Prove your Fierceness

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House bill would boost telehealth for ACOs

A new bill introduced in the U.S. House would boost Accountable Care Organizations' flexibility to use telehealth and remote patient monitoring and would provide reimbursement for those services "in a manner that is financially equivalent to the furnishing of a home health visit."

Facilities receive grants to grow resources for telehealth

More than 100 communities in 42 states will receive grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support care in rural areas, including funding to grow resources for telehealth solutions and help communities build networks of care.

New VA scheduling system won't be fully deployed until 2020

Though the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to award a contract for a new scheduling system within months, that system won't be fully functional at VA facilities nationwide until 2020, reports Nextgov.

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Texas Health Resources' Ronald Mehring: Teamwork crucial to tackling HIPAA audits

With HIPAA audits looming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, provider organizations are working tirelessly to ensure that when the federal government comes knocking, they won't be caught off guard. For Ronald Mehring, chief information security officer at Dallas-based Texas Health Resources, one of the most important aspects to preparation is teamwork.

Surescripts adds 100 health systems to network

In the past year, Surescripts, the nation's largest health information network, has added close to 100 health systems to its network.

Key lessons on building out infrastructure from Beacon Communities

The 17 organizations taking part in the $250 million Beacon Community project each built out their data-sharing capabilities in different ways, but faced similar challenges, according to an assessment published at eGEMs.

GAO: Federal agencies increase cloud use; still spend more on non-cloud tech

Government agencies, including the Health and Human Services Department, are still devoting more of their IT budget to non-cloud computing services, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

HITRUST issues alert on operating system vulnerability

An alert has been issued by HITRUST C3 that a vulnerability--Shellshock--has been discovered in UNIX-based operating systems that could put them at risk to being attacked; and the organization is asking that healthcare organizations take steps to safeguard their systems from the threat.

ICD-10 struggles continue to plague providers

Provider progress in transitioning to ICD-10 has been hampered by the most recent delay--enforced via the passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act last spring--according to survey results released this week by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

OCR officials mum on HIPAA audit program launch

The healthcare industry should expect to see ramped up enforcement of HIPAA as security breaches of electronic and even paper patient protected health information continue to plague covered entities and business associates, according to Iliana Peters, senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights for compliance and enforcement.

Poor interoperability a significant barrier for ACOs

Though designed to improve care by sharing data from various sources, poor interoperability remains a huge barrier to accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a survey from Premier and the eHealth Initiative.

Public health surveillance core element for DC HIE

An evaluation of the District of Columbia Health Information Exchange (HIE) program found a core value in its use for public health reporting, according to a report published at eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Electronic med packaging that records dosing boosts patient adherence more than similar tools

The use of electronic medication packaging devices that are integrated into the care delivery system and designed to record dosing events are more frequently linked to improved medication adherence than other such devices, according to new research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cedars-Sinai CIO: Patient expectations will drive data protection efforts

Healthcare organizations facing new and greater threats to patients' electronic health information need to take more steps to keep that data secure, according to Darren Dworkin, senior vice president of enterprise information systems and CIO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.

New UCSF hospital to focus on patient engagement

At the University of California, San Francisco's soon-to-open Mission Bay Hospital, patient engagement will be one of the main focuses, according to Seth Bokser, medical director of IT at UCSF's Center for Digital Health.

WEDI survey finds little backing for health plan identifier

Health plans and other stakeholders see little value in using a unique health plan identifier (HPID) within electronic transactions, according to a recent survey from The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI).