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EHRs a key priority in 2014 HHS strategic plan

Electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program will continue to be a key focus of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in the next few years, according to the agency's latest strategic plan.

Brookings: Reimbursement issues, murky regs top mHealth challenges

The top challenge facing mobile health technology innovation and adoption in the U.S. is the lack of federal health agency and healthcare payer reimbursement, according to a new report from the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.

CMS confirms dates, figures for ICD-10 testing

End-to-end ICD-10 testing for providers, announced late last month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will take place this July, CMS confirmed on Friday.

ICD-10 transition may cause information loss, financial trouble

Just as organizations learned the costs of implementing ICD-10 were likely higher than previously realized, now there is a new headache on the horizon: The transition to ICD-10 may also lead to  information and financial  losses,   according to a  stu dy  published in the  Journal of Oncology Practice.

Consumers slow to adopt insurers' mobile apps

Although insurers continue to boost their mobile capabilities, consumers aren't readily adopting the new tools, according to a new survey from software company FICO, which found 65 percent of more than 2,000 consumers have never used their smartphone to manage or interact with their insurer.

Whole genome scanners not prime-time ready

While whole genome sequencing scanners have improved rapidly over the last 10 years, they still aren't ready to go mainstream, according to research published Tuesday in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Bill Spooner: National patient-matching efforts need some work

According to former Sharp HealthCare CIO Bill Spooner, patient matching efforts should be more about improving safety than achieving perfection. To that end, Spooner, who recently retired after 18 years leading the San Diego-based health system's IT initiatives--and 35 years overall at Sharp--told  FierceHealthIT  in an exclusive interview that the government shouldn't be so quick to dismiss use of a universal identifier.

Geisinger CEO: Healthcare BI 'about to enter the 19th century'

According to Glenn Steele, CEO of Geisinger Health System, there's no outcome that can't be improved, and smarter business intelligence comes from insightful use data.

NIST offers recommendations for integrating EHRs into workflow

A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides recommendations for EHR vendors and ambulatory care centers to improve the way EHRs are integrated into clinical...

Healthcare execs say ACA increases risk to patient data

A lack of proven security in the health insurance marketplaces is a key threat to patient information, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute, which also lists criminal attacks,...