Posts From July, 2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/24/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

IT, Patient-Centered Research Key to Pushing Disease Prevention Efforts 

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that information technology and patient-centered research will be critical to supporting disease prevention efforts. The researchers stated that a "widespread uptake" of personalized health technology is necessary to treat diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 

Population Health, Analytics, mHealth Vendors Raise $1.8B in Q2

EHR Intelligence reports that health IT vendors have brought in over $1 billion in venture capital funding in Q2 of 2014. The $2.6 billion raised by health IT companies this year has already surpassed last year's total of $2.2 billion. 

Mental Health Providers Plead for Meaningful Use Payments 

According to Politico, mental health providers appealed to Congress to pass a law that will extend meaningful use incentive payments to mental health care. Providers argue that mental health work is underfunded and suffering from faulty connections to other health care providers. 

Wearables in Healthcare: Privacy Rules Needed

Information Week reports on how John Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay out $190 million to settle claims from former patients of gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy. The case brings to light the need for CIOs and security officers to create privacy rules around the use of wearable technology in order to protect patient data. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/17/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

83% of Healthcare Organizations are Using Cloud-Based Apps Today 

Forbes reports that an overwhelming of healthcare provider organizations report that they are now using cloud services. The data was taken from a HIMSS Analytics' survey of cloud computing adoption, and found that most healthcare organizations are using SaaS-based applications. 

CDC Patience With Errors From Lab Use of EHRs Growing Thin

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed concerns about errors from EHR use, including hospitals' use of outdated software, lack of consistent codes, and a lack of a central data repository. 

Why 'Systems Engineering' is Crucial to Healthcare Delivery Transformation 

A recent report from the President's Council of Advisors on Sicence and Technology (PCAST) cites the need for a nationally engineered health information infrastructure. The report states that healthcare delivery transformation will lead to improvements in affordability, quality of care, and healthy communities. 

HIT Venture Capital Hits $1B For the First Time 

According to Government Health IT, venture capital funding for healthcare information technology has gone over $1B for the first time in Q2 of 2014 -- with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals. This figure more than doubles the $861 million raised in the previous quarter. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:21:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/10/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

EHR Association Supports FDA Plans 

According to Healthcare IT News, the EHR Association has announced that it supports the proposals for regulation of healthcare IT that were put forth in a draft report from the Food and Drug Administration. The letter from the EHR Association states that, "EHRA supports the approach proposed in the draft report that categorizes health IT based on the level and nature of risk, then applying appropriate oversight mechanisms." 

Policy Committee Endorses Creating a Health IT Safety Center

iHealthBeat reports that that last Tuesday, the Health IT Policy Committee voted to endorse the creation of a Health IT Safety Center. The public-private Health IT Safety Center would be charged with developing best practices and providing an avenue for sharing information and ideas related to patient safety.

ONC Kicks Off Hypertension Developer Contest

Government Health IT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT opened its EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge. As a part of Million Hearts, a nationwide project led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the challenge is aimed at helping providers to use EHR and clinical decision support tools in order to reduce high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. 

Meaningful Use Incentives Step Toward $25 Billion

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that meaningful use incentive pay-outs have now reached a total of $24.4 billion. The number of participating Medicare eligible providers has also riven from 991 to 317,294. 

Navigating the Intersection of Medical Devices, Health IT to Boost Patient Safety 

iHealthBeat reports that one of the main concerns with healthcare is being able to interlink disparate components of medical devices, clinical systems, information systems, and communication platforms in able to streamline care. The parties involved -- including device makers, information system vendors, FDA, and the ONC -- are getting closer to making this a reality. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:21:00 AM Categories: industry news
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