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Poor communication tech negatively affects population health management

More than 70 percent of healthcare providers say ineffective communication technology wastes valuable time, according to a recent survey.

Healthcare cybersecurity info sharing still a work in progress

While President Barack Obama issued an executive order to use information sharing and analysis organizations to boost cybersecurity awareness and coordination between private entities and the government, those efforts need more development before they provide useful information, according to an article at The Wall Street Journal.

False-positive mammograms, overdiagnosis could cost US $4B a year

The costs of false-positive mammograms and overdiagnoses of breast cancer could be about $4 billion a year, according to a new study published this month in Health Affairs.

Healthcare broadband program participation lags

Better access to broadband to improve healthcare has been a goal of federal efforts to close the "connectivity gap" between rural and urban areas, but participation has been low, according to a Health Affairs Blog post that urges changes in the Rural Health Care Program.

WEDI: Interoperability roadmap must 'better reflect' health IT realities

In response to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange conducted a survey on information exchange efforts and sent a comment letter to the agency on the results.

Health IT sees drop in VC funding

Venture capital funding for healthcare technology has dropped so far this year, compared to a record-breaking 2014, according to two newly released reports.

Hospitals, CIOs call for increased patient identifier action in interoperability roadmap

Hospitals and health system CIOs both stressed the need for patient identifiers in comments sent late last week to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on its draft roadmap.

HITRUST to conduct study on cybersecurity in healthcare

In an effort to look at the severity of cyberthreats in healthcare, HITRUST will perform a comprehensive study to better understand the magnitude and reasons behind attacks on the industry

Marshfield Clinic improves drug safety through alerts

A drug safety alert program at the Marshfield Clinic provides up-to-date information to help inform drug therapy decisions, according to a report in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

Embracing big data helps UnitedHealth scale, innovate

UnitedHealth has spent several years refining its big data strategy, and that has allowed the insurance giant to drive innovation without disrupting normal system operations.

Poor provider ICD-10 prep threatens other healthcare stakeholders

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is warning that many healthcare organizations have not taken advantage of the one-year delay for implementation of ICD-10 and uncertainty about further delays is the biggest obstacle to readiness.

4 ways to improve health data collection

A framework is required to advance a culture of health and change how health-related data is collected and used, according to a paper in eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

4 ways to balance health privacy, data sharing

Consumers want to know their data will be used for helpful purposes, yet seek assurances of privacy and protection against breaches, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Federal resources aim to improve states' usage of health information technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, through a partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is making available tools and resources for states participating in the State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative.

New York OKs $55M in funds for HIE

The New York State Legislature voted recently to support the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), the state's electronic health record system, according to an announcement from the New York eHealth Collaborative.

5 lessons for primary care docs using health IT to improve quality

Primary care practices, even small ones, can use health IT to support quality improvement, according to a new paper from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which offers guidance for doing so.

Hospital violence: How analytics helps curb the trend

The healthcare industry is turning to technology and data analytics in an effort to curb violence in hospitals.

Health IT groups praise interoperability roadmap

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth and Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission both recently wrote to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo with praise for ONC's interoperability roadmap, as well as recommendations for what can be changed, expanded and clarified.

Individuals worry EHRs, data exchanges worsen privacy, security

Healthcare organizations must address consumers' concerns about individual control and privacy of their information to make health information exchanges and distributed research networks work, according to new research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Internet searches could help predict disease risks

Data from Internet searches could help predict trends in non-communicable diseases including heart disease and diabetes, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.