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Study: Federal health payment program must reward innovation, as well as efficiency

As the U.S. healthcare industry moves toward value-based payments, it must create appropriate incentives for innovation as well as efficiency, according to an article at Health Affairs that examines hospital add-on payments for innovative technology.

Obama's FY16 budget includes support for interoperability, Medicare data sharing

President Barack Obama's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016, released Monday, looks to boost sharing and access to electronic health information.

FDA rethinks regulatory approach for next-generation sequencing

Amid President Barack Obama's planned Precision Medicine Initiative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is evaluating its regulatory approach to next-generation sequencing.

Cerner wraps up acquisition of Siemens Health Services

Cerner Corp.'s acquisition of Siemens Health Services wrapped up today, according to an announcement.

Lawmakers blast CMS, HHS for Healthcare.gov privacy issues

In light of a report that Healthcare.gov might violate consumers' privacy rights by giving their personal data to third-party sites, lawmakers wrote a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell requesting information about the safety and security of the site.

Researchers fail to find savings with home telemonitoring among older adults

Home telemonitoring failed to significantly save money over usual care among older adults with multiple chronic conditions, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Virtual Clipboard to improve patient data collection

Using smart technology and mobile devices, Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange President and CEO Devin Jopp wants to improve health information sharing through a virtual clipboard.

Robots to help reduce workplace injuries at UCSF Medical Center

Patients and doctors aren't the only ones who will be roaming the halls at the newly opened UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco--a fleet of 25 robots will carry blood samples, food, medication and more around the facility.

FSMB refutes 'false and misleading' statements on telemedicine compact

In the wake of "false and misleading public statements" about the Federation of State Medical Boards' interstate licensure compact, FSMB is releasing a fact sheet to refute such comments.

Report serves as a 'call to action' on bringing innovative devices to market

A report released this week by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) focuses on why it takes so long to bring innovative devices and drugs to market.

Philly's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital turns to telemedicine to boost quality

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia is investing in virtual medical service as a means to provide care in the least-costly setting.

ONC unveils Interoperability Roadmap for public comment

The Office of the National Coordinator has released for public comment its shared nationwide roadmap for interoperability.

Thomas Mason named ONC's next chief medical officer

A new chief medical officer has been named to the Office of the National Coordinator for health IT--Thomas Mason, M.D., will start in the position Feb. 23.

Industry professionals create framework for measuring HIT value

Healthcare professionals have created a framework for measuring health information technology with a goal of making "HIT evaluations more relevant to the current needs of the healthcare system," according to a paper published at the American Journal of Managed Care.

Med device groups: Obamacare tax puts jobs on the line

Two groups this week took aim at the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax that went into effect in January 2013 as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act  in new reports painting the tax as an impediment to jobs.

How Baptist Health Care is using HIE to benefit patients

Health information exchanges have come under fire both inside and outside of the healthcare industry, but Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Florida, has seen positive results. 

Survey: Most primary care docs find medical imaging valuable

The use of medical imaging is beneficial to patient care, a majority of primary care physicians say.

Hospitals to Congress: 21st Century Cures telemedicine provisions don't go far enough

Provisions on improving Medicare's telehealth policy featured in a recently released discussion document by the House Energy and Commerce Committee are a step in the right direction, but don't go far enough, according to a letter from the American Hospital Association to committee chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

FTC report on IoT calls for update to HIPAA standards

A Federal Trade Commission report on how to reduce the security and privacy risks for consumers posed by the Internet of Things has drawn criticism, even by one of the FTC's own commissioners. The report is based on a November 2013 FTC workshop.

Consumer interest in telemedicine continues to rise

In yet another survey indicating rising consumer interest in telemedicine, 75 percent of patients who have not used telemedicine are at least "moderately interested" in it, according to a new report.