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Health IT privacy workgroup discusses big data challenges

The Privacy and Security Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee is working on recommendations for dealing with big data. In its meeting Monday, members discussed the challenges presented both for HIPAA-covered entities and the marketplace not covered by HIPAA. Those issues include data de-identification, security and other areas.

4 ways Mount Sinai uses tech to improve patient care

New York-based Mount Sinai Health System has found multiple ways to incorporate technology into its practices to improve patient care, according to CIO Kumar Chatani.

AMA code of ethics gets majority support, receives criticism from Texas Medical Board

The American Medical Association adopted a code of ethics for physicians who use telemedicine. The code--from the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs--recommends physicians uphold the same professional standards as the ones they would during in-person appointments.

No 'silver bullet' for health data protection, security expert says

Healthcare companies and organizations must not focus solely on technology when it comes to protecting sensitive information, according to privacy and security expert Kate Borten.

American Well sues Teladoc over alleged patent infringement

American Well is suing Teladoc, saying the telemedicine provider infringed on its intellectual property.

Healthcare CIO: Balancing IT needs during health system mergers can't be an afterthought

During mergers and acquisitions, too often the dominant organization isn't sensitive to the needs of the less-dominant player, whose IT leaders become more concerned about protecting their own "shop." The effects can be disastrous, according to Scott MacLean, deputy CIO at Partners HealthCare in Boston.

UK data for 700,000 patients shared without permission

The Health and Social Care Information Centre, which is responsible for releasing the United Kingdom's National Health Service patient data, has been sharing patient information without permission.

5 steps to combat health alert overload

With a combination of electronic health records, wireless connectivity, mobile devices and more, healthcare is ready for a solution to alert overload, according to Vitaly Herasevich, an associate professor of anesthesiology and medicine in the department of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.

Robert Wah: Meeting health IT challenges today 'means a better tomorrow'

Daily tasks can cloud visions of the future for healthcare technology, but "meeting the challenges today means a better tomorrow," outgoing American Medical Association President Robert Wah, M.D., said in a speech this weekend at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago.

CMS requires ACOs to explain health IT use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule on Medicare Shed Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs), published late Thursday, finalizes a proposal that calls on ACOs to describe in their applications how they will promote the use of health IT to boost care coordination.

Med device tax repeal heads to House floor

The hotly contested medical device tax has a chance of being repealed after a House committee vote.

How net neutrality may put healthcare innovation at risk

Net neutrality is harmful to the healthcare industry--putting innovation at risk and raising costs, writes Sean Hackbarth, a blogger for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

ICD-10 implementation: Examining the potential aftermath

It's up to health information management leaders to help their facilities understand what to expect when the ICD-10 deadline hits Oct. 1, six months after that and beyond, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

Amazon, Google vie for attention of genomics business with cloud services

The collision of the technology industry with healthcare is pitting major tech giants against one another--with Google and Amazon currently in a fight for rights to store human DNA.

FDA clearance of devices could save health industry $100B in next 3 years

Through clearance of digital health devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the healthcare industry could save up to $100 billion by 2018, Accenture predicts.

Jocelyn Samuels: Privacy and data sharing can coexist

Privacy and security will be critical to the success of both healthcare reform and President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine initiative, according to Jocelyn Samuels, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.

CDS systems still lack imaging appropriateness criteria

Clinical decision support systems can help reduce the number of orders for unnecessary imaging, but practical challenges remain when it comes to putting the tools to work in clinical settings, according to a study by the RAND Corp. published in of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Ex-ONC head Farzad Mostashari announces Get My Health Data initiatives

All the health industry needs is a pull on the rope that is keeping patients from being able to have full access to their health data, former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari said during Health Datapalooza this week. The launch of the effort, Get My Health Data, will occur in about four weeks on "Data Independence Day," he said.

Health Datapalooza: Government officials talk public health data, information blocking

Government leaders spoke about the importance of empowering communities and patients through public health data as well as the need to ensure that health information is protected during Health Datapalooza this week.

Mayo Clinic CISO: Healthcare data most difficult to keep secure

Healthcare information is harder to protect than financial information, according to Mayo Clinic Chief Information Security Officer Jim Nelms, who previously spent 14 securing financial information years at The World Bank.