Evolutionary computing is beginning to have an impact on healthcare, one that will only grow, according to Robert J. Szczerba, CEO of X Tech Ventures.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow 23andMe to market a genetic test directly to consumers will help further innovation, but will also open the doors for the sale of personal patient information, according to Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.
The Veterans Health Administration's Chief Business Office violated the law by misusing $92.5 million for an IT project, according to a report by the VA Office of Inspector General.
When El Centro de Corazón, a health organization in Houston, set out to rebuild their IT infrastructure to ensure security of their systems, they found that trust between the executive team and their IT support was paramount.
A new Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange white paper encourages small providers to participate in testing prior to the ICD-10 go-live date of Oct. 1, in order to avoid potential claims denials or delays, as well as cash flow issues that may result from such denials. Testing also can help providers to determine whether their electronic health record system and associated applications will have trouble generating ICD-10 claims.
Third parties receive personal health information from more than 90 percent of visits to health-related websites, according to research to be published in the March 2015 issue of Communication of the ACM.
Healthcare leaders tend to get bogged down in the day-to-day, while "finding time for innovation amidst the swirl of must-do projects can be a challenge," according to John Halamka, chief information officer at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
In ruling, 3-2, in favor of net neutrality Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission declared that there would be no paid prioritization, meaning no "fast lanes" for certain kinds of Internet traffic. While many in the healthcare industry see that as a positive, with a belief that private companies with deeper pockets should not necessarily receive preferential treatment over those with less means, some feel that defining the Internet as a public utility, in essence, already is a first step toward creating a fast lane for health data.
Physician practices remain optimistic about their ability to meet the ICD-10 deadline and are slightly more prepared to meet that goal than last year, according to the results of a new survey from vendor Navicure.
Health technology often is touted as being the catalyst to better healthcare, but surgeon Atul Gawande says the real change lies in simpler things--such as asking better questions and making clinicians wash their hands.