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FCC's text-to-911 rulemaking a necessary kick in the pants

There's a saying "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink." But that's not actually true, as you can make a horse drink when necessary. It just takes some extra effort and strategy. As  FierceMobileHealthcare  has reported, the Federal Communications Commission took a huge step in pushing text-to-911 forward with new rules mandating that all wireless carriers and certain texting applications support the emergency texting functionality by the end of this year.

Providers, vendors share interoperability concerns, solution ideas

Provider and vendor representatives discussed looming healthcare interoperability issues at Friday's meeting of the governance subgroup for the Health IT Policy Committee's Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup.

Health groups continue to call for better interoperability, data transparency

In additional comments to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on healthcare data transparency, the West Health Institute and the Pacific Business Group of Health (PBGH) also have also composed letters to the two officials.

Hospitals around the world take extra precautions against Ebola

As concerns increase over the Ebola outbreak, hospitals across the globe take precautions that go beyond experts' recommendations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Health attorneys: 3 steps mHealth start-up developers must take

Mobile healthcare start-up developers must do three things--1) establish a business plan, 2) devise a comprehensive revenue and reimbursement plan and 3) determine product and technology insurance requirements--in order to succeed, according to health attorneys Lisa Clark and C. Mitchell Goldman with Philadelphia-based Duane Morris, LLP.

Ex-FDA staffers: Agency should exempt most mHealth apps from premarket review

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should exempt most health and wellness apps from premarket review and start working with technology groups to define basic technical standards to spur innovation, according to an ex-FDA deputy commissioner and a former special assistant to FDA chief counsel.

Controversies, competing interests surround 340B program

After questions arose over the finances and related management of the 340B discount drug program, policymakers may need more guidance regarding its future, according to a new report from the RAND Corp.

Insurers, hospitals at odds over patient financial assistance programs

As healthcare costs rise, low-income consumers struggle to pay their premiums. So hospitals are finding ways to help individuals and families pay their share of subsidies. While this may bode well for the consumers in need, payers are not as thrilled with the initiative,  reports  Kaiser Health News.

Health IT adds unexpected costs to M&As

With the recent growth of mergers and acquisitions in health IT, hospitals are coming across unexpected costs when trying to integrate computer systems.

Hospital CIO: Healthcare lags in harnessing IT

As industries flourish thanks to advances in technology and information sharing, healthcare lags far behind, says Dick Escue, CIO at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.