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CMS proposes expanded telehealth coverage for 2015

Annual wellness visits and psychotherapy are among four services the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to add to the list of services that can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries via telehealth, according to a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year issued late Thursday.

Software tool aims to keep sensitive patient data more private

Software developed by computer scientists at the University of Illinois could help to ensure that sensitive data in patient medical records is not shared against a patient's wishes.

Online appointments gain favor as ED wait times soar

An increasing number of hospitals allow patients to make online appointments to visit the emergency room in an attempt to ease seemingly interminable waits as ERs become more crowded.

Sutter CMIO: Care improvement requires data sharing, interoperability

Healthcare providers should embrace the benefits of electronic health information exchange for the sake of patient quality rather than remain apprehensive about sharing data with competitors, according to Christopher Jaeger, chief medical information officer at Sacramento, California-based Sutter Health.

HIMSS Analytics reports detail hospital buying practices, technology use

The IT buying practices of for-profit hospitals varied dramatically from not-for-profit and government hospitals, according to one of two new reports released by the Dorenfest Institute for Health Information.

ECRI report IDs health IT safety issues for provider execs

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and ECRI Institute are teaming up to help healthcare executives remain aware of technology safety issues.

ATA: Telemedicine can improve managed care adequacy

The American Telemedicine Association, in a letter sent this week to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, outlines several recommendations to improve network adequacy of managed care plans via telemedicine.

Security experts: Massive health data breach a disaster in the making

​A massive health data breach is on the horizon, security experts say, that points to lackluster response to growing threats both by the industry and in Congress.

Data-driven tool enables patients to balance recovery expectations

Before deciding whether to go through with a medical procedure, it's important for patients to balance their expectations on recovery. A new data-driven tool being developed allows them to do just that.

Jocelyn Samuels to head HHS Office for Civil Rights

Jocelyn Samuels has been named the next director of the Office for Civil Rights, the unit within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that enforces HIPAA compliance, an OCR spokeswoman confirmed in an email to FierceHealthIT.

Compact aims to ease licensing for telemedicine

A new pathway is being proposed by the Federation of State Medical Boards that would make it easier for doctors to be licensed in multiple states.

Digital health funding on pace to surpass 2013 totals

During 2014's first six months, 143 digital health companies raised $2.3 billion, setting the stage for a record-breaking year, according to San Francisco-based digital health seed fund Rock Health.

Big data not a 'magic weapon' for healthcare

Big data isn't a "magic weapon" that can solve all our healthcare problems, according to Eerke Boiten, a senior lecturer at the University of Kent.

Videoconferencing eases stress for pediatric patients

Pediatric hospital patients find comfort in being able to interact with family and friends via videoconferencing, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics.

Hospital CISO: Balancing security of, access to patient data my toughest task

The ability to protect patient data while simultaneously ensuring that clinicians can use that data to provide adequate care requires a tremendous ability to balance priorities.

Study: Online ED learning resources must clearly demonstrate value

Emergency department professionals were skeptical of efforts to use technology to enhance interprofessional education, according to a recent study.

How the University of Utah is using data to slash healthcare costs

Few hospitals can say how much it costs them to care for each patient admitted, but the University of Utah is working to change that.

Boston hospital cuts cardiac-unit alarm use by close to 90 percent

​Boston Medical Center was able to reduce audible alarms in its cardiac unit by 89 percent, with no adverse events, using a series of interventions aimed at reducing "alarm fatigue."

Lygeia Ricciardi to leave ONC

Lygeia Ricciardi, who since May 2012 has served as director of the Office of Consumer eHealth at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, will leave her post July 25, according to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo.

Health system uses analytics to measure hand-washing compliance

Data analytics and electronic monitoring have been deployed by Greenville Health System in South Carolina to improve hand hygiene compliance among staff members.