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Don't ignore data management when setting sights on new initiatives

It is imperative for healthcare organizations to ensure that their provider data is well-managed, even as sights are set on new initiatives, Julie A. Dooling, senior consultant at Just Associates Inc., writes at the  Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

What healthcare can learn from Minecraft for care coordination

Making healthcare systems more like the video game Minecraft could help to improve coordination of care, but exclusion of patients from decision-making, the billing process and implemenataion of unique systems get in the way.

Maine becomes second state to require e-prescribing of controlled substances

Maine now requires e-prescribing of all controlled substances, a move that comes a month after New York became the first state to do so.

CHIME to FDA: Collaboration on med device security between vendors, providers critical

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives lauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its work on medical device cybersecurity in a recent letter, but also says that increased collaboration between manufacturers and providers is critical.

Machine learning can help detect presence of cancer, improve public health reporting

To support public health reporting, the use of computers and machine learning can better help with access to unstructured clinical data--including in cancer case detection, according to a recent study. 

Hackers hit vendor of Patient Treatment Centers of America, gain access to data for 19K patients

A hacker hit data servers run by a vendor used by Patient Treatment Centers of America and Interventional Surgery Institute, accessing records of patients at the healthcare facilities, according to a HIPAA security notice.

Orthopaedic clinic to pay $750K HIPAA fine after failing to make BA agreement

An orthopaedic clinic must pay $750,000 after a potential HIPAA violation in which it gave protected health information to a third party without a business associate agreement in place.

States' diverging telehealth policies cause for confusion

Washington state now covers store-and-forward remote monitoring, while Oklahoma has stopped reimbursing for such services--both clear examples of states' diverging policy directions when it comes to telemedicine, according to a recent report.

Christiana Care's Terri Steinberg: Analytics vital to successful population health

For Christiana Care CHIO Terri Steinberg, the key to successful population health management is balance in three areas: people to run the program, analytics to offer real-time updates and a robust electronic health record system. Without one area stabilized, the others are likely to falter.

Report: Providers must adopt sophisticated tech, stronger policies to prevent duplicate patient records

To improve patient identification matching and lessen the chance of errors, more sophisticated technology will be necessary, according to healthcare experts, but human error will never be fully eliminated.