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Supreme Court ruling on telehealth may have implications for providers

The Supreme Court has upheld a Texas law that prevents veterinarians from giving advice to pet owners--and it could have implications for providers who treat human patients. 

Confidence lacking in secure data sharing, survey finds

More than two out of three healthcare organizations aren't completely confident they can share data safely while still protecting patient privacy, according to a new survey. 

Healthcare pros enthusiastic about IBM Watson, despite hurdles

Hospitals and health systems across the country, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Mayo Clinic, are using IBM's Watson--and so far healthcare leaders are enthusiastic about the system.

Telemedicine bill in Senate would expand rural coverage under Medicare

The latest telehealth bill to be introduced in the Senate, the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, would expand Medicare coverage to telemedicine services in rural areas.

Study: Hospitals can profit from the use of tele-emergency services

Hospitals can benefit financially from receiving tele-emergency services, primarily when such services are used as a substitute for backup calls for physician assistants or nurse practitioners to the emergency department, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Community Health Systems aims to expand primary care via American Well partnership

Primary care patients of Community Health Systems, a Franklin, Tennessee-based system that boasts close to 200 hospitals in 29 states, soon will have round-the-clock electronic access to physician care, thanks to a partnership with Boston-based American Well announced this week.

Scrutiny of Theranos dates back to 2012

Blood testing startup Theranos came under scrutiny in 2012, long before the recent explosion of news about its technology.

HHS OIG semi-annual report outlines 'problems, abuses' at department

The Health and Human Services Department's Office of the Inspector General outlines "problems, abuses, deficiencies and investigative outcomes on the administration of HHS programs" in its semi-annual report to Congress.

Simplicity key to patient portal acceptance

Orderliness and clarity when designing patient portals are crucial to adoption and acceptance of the tools, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

IBM Watson to help cancer patients at India health system

Manipal Hospitals in India is putting IBM Watson to the test, using the tech company's technologies to create personalized treatments for cancer patients.

ONC: Two-factor authentication capabilities on the rise for hospitals

Two-factor authentication is on the rise at hospitals and health systems, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which points out in a recently published data brief that the number of organizations able to support such security processes grew by 53 percent from 2010 to 2014.

NIST's Kevin Stine: Healthcare security efforts dependent on value comprehension of information

To protect sensitive patient data, healthcare organizations must first understand its value, according to Kevin Stine, manager of the Information Technology Laboratory (Security Outreach and Integration) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Survey touts organizational success of ICD-10 transition

Despite the time and effort required to transition to ICD-10, nearly 80 percent of healthcare organizations responding to a new survey from KPMG say the switch has been successful.

Partners HealthCare looks to profit from genetic tech

In an effort to profit from new technologies, Partners HealthCare is looking to put its genetic software program on the market.

Hospital turns to digital video to bolster discharge efforts

For many hospitals and health systems, technology increasingly is becoming a linchpin in efforts to improve care coordination efforts with patients following discharge.

2015: Year of the healthcare security breach

IBM is calling 2015 the year of the healthcare security breach, noting in a report that five of the eight largest security breaches in the sector occurred in the first half of the year. 

RSNA, Sequoia Project program to push adoption of image sharing by radiologists, vendors

A new program from the Radiological Society of North American and The Sequoia Project will push for expanded image sharing by radiologists and imaging vendors.

OCR hits BCBS Puerto Rico affiliate with second largest HIPAA fine

The Triple-S Management Corporation will pay $3.5 million in a settlement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights following multiple HIPAA violations, the second largest fine paid for a failure to protect patient information. 

Army applies data to improve suicide prevention

The U.S. Army is taking a more data-driven approach to predicting suicide risk, working on determining when and how to best intervene with patients.

Device may detect stroke in less than 10 minutes

A new device, developed by scientists at Cornell University, may help diagnose a stroke in only 10 minutes.