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Nurses: Med devices must be interoperable

Interoperability of medical devices could help reduce medical errors at hospitals, say a majority of nurses responding to a survey by Harris Poll. 

Access monitoring key to thwarting insider health security threats

West Virginia United Health System is taking an aggressive stance against inappropriate access of patient records, according to assistant chief information officer Mark Combs.

Karen DeSalvo: We must 'roll up data into big data' for population health management

With the expansion of health IT and electronic health records comes opportunity for the industry and country to take data and use it to better serve both the individual and populations throughout the U.S., National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo says in an interview at  The Nation's Health.

Telemedicine dangers must be addressed

Despite the promise of telemedicine in improving healthcare, there are downsides to such technology that need to be addressed, according to Russ Alan Prince, president of consulting firm R.A. Prince & Associates Inc.

VA missed opportunities to enroll patients in telehealth program

Non-Institutional Care Patients had some of the best outcomes through the Veterans Health Administration's Home Telehealth Program; however, a recent audit found that the agency missed opportunities to expand enrollment for those patients.

John Halamka: CIOs should scrutinize cloud services

While the cloud holds promises for health IT, chief information officers must look at the services offered to them with a discerning eye, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.

Niall Brennan: Time for CMS 'to have data ducks in a row'

The position of  chief data officer in healthcare is certain to grow  as the industry realizes how valuable data and analytics are to providing better care, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service CDO Niall Brennan.

ICD-10 focus should be a data-driven healthcare environment

ICD-10 is only the means to an end--with the end being reliable and meaningful data to improve patient care, according to Joseph C. Nichols, M.D., a board certified orthopedic surgeon.

Hospital execs: Why dual ICD-9, ICD-10 coding is equivalent to another delay

Advocating dual coding as a means to protect small physician offices from inadequate preparation for ICD-10 amounts to another delay in implementing the new code set, asserts the Coalition for ICD-10.

Hacker hits Indiana hospital employees' email accounts

A cyberattack on hospital employees' email accounts has compromised the information of about 4,400 patients at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.