PCAST report calls on HHS to develop national health data infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must lead efforts to develop a "robust" national health information infrastructure via provider adoption of interoperable electronic health records, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

CISOs in demand as threats of cyberattacks grow

U.S. companies, including those in the healthcare sector, increasingly are hiring chief information security officers who understand business and risk management.

Joseph Kvedar: Telehealth needs standards of care, safeguards

Telehealth is growing more prevalent and states must adopt policies--such as a model policy adopted in April by the Federation of State Medical Boards--to address patient safety, Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., founder and director of the Center for Connected Health, writes at Health Affairs Blog

Access management tops healthcare execs' security and privacy worries

Identity management, unauthorized data access by employees, BYOD and remote security policies top the list of healthcare providers' security and privacy concerns, according to a new KLAS report.

$730 million available to states to test new care delivery models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering a second round of funding to help states implement new healthcare delivery and payment models.

Former ONC official: 'Reboot' HITECH

John Loonsk, former director of interoperability and standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and current chief medical information officer at CGI, would like to see a "reboot" of HITECH efforts.

Futurist: Tech revolution in healthcare requires systemic change

The proliferation of "fast, cheap and out-of-control" technologies will revolutionize healthcare ... but only if the industry undergoes systemic change and values effectiveness over billing, says futurist Joe Flower.

Big data lacks demonstrated 'real-world' value

Big data will not reduce costs or improve care unless the industry overcomes challenges around standards and methods, according to a NEHI report.

HIMSS: Security risk assessment tool confusing, clunky

An HHS security risk assessment tool to help providers in small- and medium-sized offices determine vulnerability to potential privacy attacks needs some work, say HIMSS officials.

Health IT security lags behind retail industry

The massive data breaches at Target and eBay could be a taste of what's in store for the healthcare industry, according to a report.

Consumer health data needs better protection, FTC says

Congress needs to force data brokers to be more transparent about how they use the personal information of consumers--including health information--the Federal Trade Commission said in a new report published this week.

Norwegian American Hospital: Health IT aids quality turnaround

Abha Agrawal, M.D., chief operating officer and vice president of medical affairs, outlines how technology--including electronic medical records, quality metrics and dashboards--helped transform the struggling Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago.

3 mistakes that cause health IT hazards

While health technology--including electronic health records--no doubt has the potential to streamline and improve patient care, providers must proceed with caution when using the latest clinical innovations. A recent Health Data Management article outlines several examples of just how such tools can turn hazardous.

Hospitals track information flow to boost security efforts

As healthcare network security grows trickier with networked medical devices and personal mobile devices, some organizations are going beyond merely trying to control access to patient data, better tracking how information flows.

CMS' post-acute care assessment tool a 'tech turkey'

CMS's CARE tool is a "technology turkey" that's not scientifically proven and will make it harder and more expensive to implement a single post-acute care assessment for...

Big data mashups hold research potential, practical challenges for healthcare industry

Other industries have been far more successful than healthcare in mashing together big datasets to learn more about their customers. The prospect raises myriad possibilities, according to a Viewpoint article in JAMA.

HHS not required to issue more cybersecurity regulations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has sufficient voluntary measures in place to address cybersecurity, making further regulations unnecessary, the White House says.

Research touts telemedicine's effectiveness treating chronically ill patients

Evidence continues to mount that telemedicine is effective in reducing hospitalization rates and emergency department visits while also improving health outcomes for chronic disease patients, according to a review of research led by former American Telemedicine Association President Rashid Bashshur, the executive director of eHealth at the University of Michigan Health System.

New payment models an impetus for telehealth growth

As the focus for payment models in healthcare shifts to incentivize patient outcomes and reward provider accountability, care delivered virtually and via telehealth technology will grow in prominence, according to Nina Antoniotti, director of telehealth business at the Marshfield (Wisconsin) Clinic.

Kaiser tackles HIPAA compliance with increased training

HIPAA compliance is everyone's job at Kaiser Permanente, says Jim Doggett, its chief security officer and chief technology risk officer.