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HIMSS Media postpones ICD-10 Forum

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:32

HIMSS Media is postponing the ICD-10 conference scheduled for June 2-3, 2014 in San Diego, California.

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HIT leads list of top 10 safety concerns

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:54

Health information technology systems have made their way to the No. 1 patient safety concern for healthcare organizations, according to the findings of a new ECRI industry report.

The report, which includes data on more than 300,000 safety event reports, underscores healthcare's top 10 patient safety concerns for 2014 and puts data integrity failures with HIT systems at the very top.

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Data sharing: positive patient outomes?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:34

Meanwhile, the European Commission has expedited plans to bring in new data protection laws since the Snowden revelations brought the importance of privacy issues to the general public. However, it has been suggested by Peter Knight of the UK Department of Health that new EU rules on data protection would make research ‘impractical’.

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Stolen laptops mean $2M in mega fines

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:27

Serving notice that "covered entities and business associates must understand that mobile device security is their obligation," the HHS Office for Civil Rights has settled with two organizations for a combined $1,975,220 penalty after their unencrypted computers were stolen.

[See also: Why does healthcare resist encryption? ]

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Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments nominations open today

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:22

If you think your hospital IT department is one of the best in the U.S., nominate it for Healthcare IT News' 4th annual Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program.

Nominations open today, April 23, and close May 23. Based on data gathered from anonymous employee surveys, Healthcare IT News will publish an October 2014 special report, in print and online, profiling the top IT departments, exploring those qualities that make them exceptional.

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CMS deputy administrator to step down

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:52

Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be stepping down from his position on May 16.

The announcement came by way of an internal email via CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

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End-of-life directives added into EHR

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:08

UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records.

[See also: NQF supports 12 new end-of-life quality measures]

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Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:05
Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today.   The new 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlights a concerning carelessness regarding privacy and security, specific to the healthcare industry.   

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ACO success key to value-based care

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:00

If the U.S. is going to get a handle on healthcare spending, then providers and healthcare organizations are going to have to get serious about accountable care organizations, says one expert.

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Athenahealth quits EHR association

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:50

Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor.

In a news release announcing its resignation from the EHR Association, athenahealth executives said:

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Nuance moves into image sharing

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:09

With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports.

[See also: Imaging to play bigger role in health IT]

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UPMC breach strikes 27,000 employees

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:59

UPMC officials say the number of employees affected by a data breach at the renowned medical center is much higher than originally reported - from 322 employees first reported on March 6, now up to 27,000 of a total of 62,000 employees, the  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Cloud choice no longer 'pie in the sky'

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:57

Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago.

It was just that long ago that Alex Brown, CEO of Chicago-based 10th Magnitude, saw the cloud’s potential and became an evangelical about it. He concedes it was a tough sell at first.

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Some providers more 'mature' than others

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:13
Effective use of analytics is "not something you can buy from a vendor; it's an organizational and cultural value that has to grow and mature."   So said James E. Gaston, speaking Thursday at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington.  

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Tablet rollout puts money in the bank

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:11

A California-based home care and hospice group has undergone a digital overhaul after providing tablet computers for its some 1,300 care providers. And, although far from an inexpensive rollout, the digitization has saved the group big bucks. 

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Hospitals get into doc rating business

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:05

After some doctors at University of Utah Health Care noticed scathing online reviews about themselves in 2012, the hospital system decided the best way to respond was by posting its patients' ratings of physicians on the hospital's own website.

The hospital was already randomly surveying patients about their experiences with physicians.

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Geisinger shows how data drives change

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:05

Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday.

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mHealth still untapped resource for docs

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:49

For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study.

The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor.

[See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.]

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Why does healthcare resist encryption?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:51

The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do.

[See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.]

Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident.

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mHealth consultation launched

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 05:44

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said.

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