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FTC's Edith Ramirez: Connected health devices create bevy of privacy risks

At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez spoke about privacy protection, including for health data.

John Nosta: 'Digital natives' to drive technological revolution in medicine

The biggest changes to come in the medical industry down the road will be at the hands of those who have grown up surrounded by technology all their lives, according to digital health philosopher John Nosta.

ICD-10, Meaningful Use among AMA's top issues of 2015

Implementation of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use rank among the top 10 issues for physicians to watch in 2015, according to the American Medical Association.

US stifles health innovation while it flourishes abroad

Getting new healthcare technologies off the ground can be a challenging task in the United States, but many of the ingredients for flourishing health IT innovation can be found abroad, according to Leonard D'Avolio, director of informatics at Ariadne Labs, a nonprofit health systems innovation joint venture of Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Survey: Majority of healthcare CIOs satisfied with career path

Chief information officers increasingly are engaging with key executives on the role of technology at their hospitals, and most are focused on the greater mission of their health system, according to executive search firm SSi-Search's findings based on its annual CIO survey.

Telemedicine success hinges on willingness of states to improve the current landscape

Throughout 2014, telemedicine continued to make inroads for patient care efforts. For instance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in its final physician fee schedule rule posted last fall, agreed to cover a majority of services proposed in July, including psychotherapy and annual wellness visits.

Is healthcare prepared for data-sharing's security risks?

The data-sharing requirements for the Meaningful Use program and the Affordable Care Act pose significant security challenges to healthcare organizations, and Erik Devine, chief security officer at Riverside Medical Center, predicts organizations will learn this year just how prepared they are.

How physician practices can ensure ICD-10 readiness

As organizations continue to argue whether to keep the ICD-10 compliance date as Oct.1 of this year, others are warning that to be unprepared will spell trouble for many providers.

Study: Time to re-evaluate policies on patient access to PHI

Even as healthcare providers embrace electronic health records, it's time they re-evaluated their policies for providing patients with access to their medical records, according to research published at Perspectives on Health Information Management.

3 ways CEOs can leverage CIOs to drive healthcare innovation

Chief executive officers in healthcare and other industries are turning their attention more closely toward technology and how it can improve their businesses; one of the keys to success is the chief information officer.

University of Michigan's Sue Schade named CIO of the Year

Sue Schade, chief information officer at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, has been named CIO of the Year for 2014 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Why health groups should make use of cyberthreat intelligence

As cyberattacks grow in number and organizations find more ways to access private data, the healthcare industry should make use of cyberthreat intelligence, according to Jeff Bell, HIMSS privacy and security committee chair.

Mayo Clinic, Austin Public Schools team up on telemedicine system

The Mayo Clinic Health System, in partnership with Austin Public Schools, is working to improve care at education facilities through the use of Mayo Clinic Health Connection.

FDA well on its way to full Sentinel system for device safety monitoring

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Mini-Sentinel program, used for medical product safety monitoring, is ready to move to the full-scale system, according to Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

BA agreements likely a bigger target of 2015 OCR enforcement, attorneys say

The $150,000 fine that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights levied against an Alaska mental health organization last month could be a sign that OCR is settling in after a wave of leadership changes in 2014 and gearing up to aggressively investigate HIPAA compliance complaints, according to a former federal attorney.

University of Michigan's Sue Schade: Hospital tech must focus on consumers

In our lives every day we use technology seamlessly to travel, shop and work, but that doesn't hold true when it comes to navigating healthcare, according to University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Chief Information Officer Sue Schade.

Health IT outsourcing poised for growth in 2015, beyond

The market for IT outsourcing in healthcare and life sciences is expected increase at an 8.6 percent compound annual growth rate through 2019, with the adoption of cloud-based services among the major trends.

Telemedicine market could grow by $5 billion in next five years

By the year 2020, the patient monitoring market in the U.S. is expected to grow by about $5 billion because of the expansion of telemedicine use, according to a new report.

$6.5 billion flows into digital health in 2014

Investors pumped a record $6.5 billion into digital health ventures during 2014, an increase of 125 percent from the 2013 level, according to StartUp Health's annual report.

Lessons from ONC's state HIE program

Engaging major healthcare players is key to state efforts to set up health information exchanges, according to a study of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's state HIE program.