The promise of genomics and personalized care are closer than many realize. But clinical systems and EHRs are not ready yet. While policymakers and innovators play catch-up, here’s a look at what you need to know.
Judy Faulkner refutes rivals’ claims about Epic EHR being closed, explains interoperability challenges
Healthcare IT News traveled to Epic’s Verona, Wisconsin, campus and met with the company’s elusive founder, as well as with Epic Vice President Peter DeVault. The two talked a lot about interoperability – but perhaps not enough to quell critics.
After detonating various strains of ransomware in its lab, security specialist Exabeam learned that because encrypting large data-sets takes time, hospitals hit with ransomware can stop it, if they act quickly.
The first half of 2016 has seen more healthcare organization M&A activity than the same timeframe in 2015 as providers are figuring out how to navigate rapid industry change and emerging payment models, Kaufman Hall said.
Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the precision medicine database on Monday, speaking at its operations center at the University of Chicago.
The project, named Genomic Data Commons, is a National Cancer Institute initiative and is central to the National Cancer Moonshot and Precision Medicine Initiative. Funding of $70 million will be allocated from NCI for cancer genomics projects under PMI.
Kansas Heart Hospital declined to pay the second ransom, saying that would not be wise. Security experts, meanwhile, are warning that ransomware attacks will only get worse.
Patricia Flatley Brennan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a former practicing nurse with a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, will take the lead as director at the National Library of Medicine.
The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide.
Cybersecurity special report: Ransomware will get worse, hackers targeting whales, medical devices and IoT trigger new vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals have set their sights on healthcare. Ransomware is the new normal. And many providers are approaching security all wrong. CIOs, CISOs, ethical hackers and other experts point the way forward.
At Health Datapalooza, the Vice President said healthcare technology is inhibited by data silos and a lack of interoperability. “We need to break down silos that keep research away from the world,” said Vice President Joe Biden at Health Datapalooza. “Researchers aren’t incentivized to share data, but they need to share data to find results more rapidly.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, on Wednesday, ushering in some big changes for the ways physicians are assessed for quality of care and use of information technology.
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that it would start paying, under CPT code 99490, for “non face-to-face care coordination services,” one might have expected providers to rush en masse to cash in on what appears to be reasonably easy revenue. In certain instances, 99490 affords healthcare organizations to bill CMS for services they were already providing essentially for free.
Most Google Glass-focused startups have pivoted away from healthcare, but Augmedix is keeping its sights set on helping physicians. Augmedix, which develops Google Glass technology to help reduce the time physicians spend on documentation, has raised $17 million in strategic investments from some of its largest healthcare customers.
Hospital executives are backing technology and expect the healthcare industry will continue to rely on healthcare IT going forward, according to a new survey. But they’re worried about cybersecurity.
Artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and machine learning are coming to healthcare: Is it time to invest?
With Google, IBM and Microsoft all setting sights squarely on healthcare, and analysts predicting 30 percent of providers will run cognitive analytics on patient data by 2018, the risk of investing too late may outweigh the risk of doing so too soon.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said it can harness data it already has to help providers make better electronic health record purchasing decisions.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT put forth its suggestions for helping hospitals, physicians and other care providers make more informed decisions about the technologies they buy in a report to Congress this week.
CISOs and security analysts from top-tier firms offer highly effective advice and tactics for rooting out and getting rid of malicious code.
Before the prevalence of mobile phones and caller ID, there was an urban legend about a babysitter receiving frightening calls. Long story short: When an operator runs a trace, the babysitter is told to her horror, “The calls are coming from inside the house!”
The imminent set of best practices will help healthcare organizations become more penetration-resistant, more effective at limiting damage attackers can inflict and ultimately better able to withstand cyberattacks.
he National Institute of Standards and Technology is poised to deliver new cybersecurty guidance, according to NIST fellow Ronald Ross.
NIST offers a security framework that was developed for the federal government that helps organizations understand, select and implement security controls.
Healthcare entities that want to be well positioned against cybersecurity threats must know what resources they have, how those are configured, and tightly control any changes, IT Process Institute chief executive Scott Alldridge said.
IT Process Institute CEO Scott Allridge has cybersecurity advice for healthcare executives: Consider ITIL, the framework formerly known as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library.
Participants will provide access to their electronic health records, offering data that can inform studies into genetic and environmental factors.
Kaiser Permanente this week launched a new database that enables researchers to examine participants’ DNA in conjunction with environmental and behavioral health.
ICD-10: Providers can recoup millions of dollars in lost revenue by analyzing claims denials, data scientist says
Advanced analytics and machine learning technologies are critical to pinpointing problems in large datasets that could be losing providers money. That’s why some organizations are investigating every single denied claim to better understand trends.
If claims are the lifeblood of providers’ operations, then denials are a virus that threatens their financial health. That means understanding the reason why claims get rejected, especially with the ultra-granularity of ICD-10, is paramount.