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DeSalvo 'disappointed' in protrayal of EHRs as unsafe

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, displeased with the  Boston Globe's  recent article portraying electronic health records as error-prone and lacking safety oversight, responded by pointing out what she called flaws in the newspaper's reporting.

CIOs tackle job changes as health industry evolves

Technology is changing every facet of the healthcare industry, which also means that leaders in the industry are seeing their jobs evolving--perhaps none more so than chief information officers.

Google ventures further into healthcare realm

Google's co-founders said earlier this month that they don't foresee the tech giant becoming a healthcare company, but in a new venture it plans to create a full picture of what a healthy human should look like.

Preventable medical error reporting still lacking in some hospitals

Preventable errors in hospitals still cause hundreds of thousands of death in the U.S. each year, but in some states such as Maryland, the exact number isn't readily available even though hospitals are supposed to report serious medical errors to state regulators an investigative article from the  Baltimore Sun  revealed.

ACA architect claims law forced states to build exchanges

Jonathan Gruber, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who advised the Obama administration when developing the Affordable Care Act in 2009, claimed the federal government would not help states that did not create their own exchanges to politically pressure them to do so.

Fist-bumps, high-fives more hygienic than handshakes

A new study in the  American Journal of Infection Control  provides further evidence that  f ist-bumps are a more hygienic alternative to handshakes or high-fives in a healthcare setting.

Sanders, Miller announce tentative VA deal

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees have reached a tentative deal on Veterans Affairs reform legislation, according to the Associated Press.

States want to use health reform funds in 2015

Due to constantly changing technical requirements and demands from the Obama administration, states running their own exchanges want more time to spend their federal dollars, reports PoliticoPro.

How mobile apps can make the most of patient-doctor interactions

Mobile apps are helping gain better patient care results in the short time span patients and doctors interact, but the key to success is software that adheres to the "80-20" rule.

Palliative care coverage: Connecting the dots

FierceHealthPayer spoke with Torrie Fields (pictured), Cambia's program director for serious illness and palliative care. She describes the specifics behind Cambia's palliative care program, which began July 1 and is available to its more than 2 million members, and how it helps members have the difficult conversations around end-of-life care.