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Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of health systems with more than 300 beds -- and 81 percent of providers with fewer than 300 beds -- are shifting their focus to IT outsourcing for development and complex infrastructure services.
Black Book Research surveyed 1,030 hospital CIOs and IT leaders and 243 CFOs and financial executives from 266 hospitals and the business managers from 1,400 outpatient, alternative care and physician practices for their insights on technology and outsourcing services options.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the expansion of the USDA Rural Development's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program with $23.4 million in additional funding for 75 new projects in 31 states.
Grants may be used to purchase telemedicine educational tools, equipment and services in rural areas, and are contingent upon each recipient meeting the grant agreement terms.
[See also: USDA grants to support telemedicine in rural areas]
What does it take to become a health IT Jedi? Do you have to have some special skill? Is there some genetically contributed factor, some health IT midi-chlorian particle that you need large quantities of to really succeed?
I think not. The critical factors are, I think, in this order:
"At Greenway Health, we don't believe in barriers to clinical data," said Greenway CEO Tee Green in a press statement. "Innovative partnerships like CommonWell are one way we enable the secure data flow that leads to connected care and, ultimately, better health outcomes. The Alliance gives our customers and other participants a more secure way to gain a more comprehensive view of the patient's health history, regardless of the point of care or what information system was used.Interoperability
In a letter to the U.S.Interoperability
Recent security breaches, especially in healthcare, have put the spotlight on major companies to be diligent on revamping systems to prevent data theft.
But the problem is that the systems aren't designed with the user in mind and are too difficult for the average user to navigate.
"Humans are the weak point, but you design systems that are hard to use," Jennifer Golbeck, associate professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, told Healthcare IT News.
The view that cybersecurity is purely a technical, engineering challenge is a shortsighted one, and that is repeatedly proven by breaches that confound CIOs who thought their healthcare organization was safe from hackers.
Recently, that view is being replaced by the recognition that security challenges are less technical than human-oriented, pointing to the behavior of organizations trying to defend themselves.Privacy & Security
The new MyCareLink Smart Monitor from Medtronic, just approved by the FDA, enables patients with implantable pacemakers to use their smartphones to transmit secure data from their pacemakers to their physicians.
The MyCareLink app is available for free on Android and Apple platforms and works in tandem with a physician-prescribed portable device reader.Medical Devices
Over the next five years technology has the "ability to change the marketplace," with three major trends: convergent technology redefining what's possible in healthcare, the invasion of consumer technology and the big question of whether the consumer will use it. No one wins unless the consumer wins.
During their 2016 Health Predictions Webinar this week, hosts Welltok CEO Jeff Margolis and Tom Main, founder of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center, discussed the "birth of a new marketplace."
Daniel "Danny" Sands, MD, Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, talks about participatory medicine at the 2015 Patient Engagement Summit in San Diego, CA.
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Apixio announced today the release of its new cognitive computing platform, Iris, which it says will bring advanced data insights to healthcare by extracting and analyzing medical data previously trapped in electronic health records.
The U.S. annually produces 1.2 billion clinical care documents, but about 80 percent of the data is unstructured and difficult to access.Analytics
Since the first Internet worm in 1988, Randy Trzeciak, technical director of the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, has been on the front lines of cybersecurity.Privacy & Security
A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General points out 7 ways the Office of Civil Rights could better prevent breaches of patient health information.
OIG started with noting what OCR had accomplished. But then it went into the "howevers."Privacy & Security