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DeSalvo Discusses Health IT Challenges, Future of ONC

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:12

During a keynote address at the American Medical Informatics Association’s annual conference, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo addressed challenges facing health IT, including the usability of systems. She also announced that ONC plans to release a draft of its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan in two weeks. Healthcare IT News, Health Data Management.

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Study: Health IT Use Could Affect Physicians’ Capacity To See Patients

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:08

A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care finds that the odds of physicians being able to accept new patients decreased by 14% with each additional health IT system used. Researchers say the findings “call into question” whether health IT improves practice efficiency. FierceHealthIT et al.

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CMS Names Niall Brennan as Nation’s First Chief Data Officer

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:54

CMS has appointed Niall Brennan to become the agency’s first chief data officer. Brennan, who will head the department’s newly created Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics, will be tasked with boosting health data collection and transparency. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Generic Drug Options in EHRs Can Affect Docs’ Prescribing Behavior

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:08

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that doctors whose electronic health record systems are set to default to generic medications are more likely to prescribe less-expensive drugs, compared with physicians who are shown both generic and brand-name options. Health Data Management et al.

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HHS Issues Proposed Rules To Improve ClinicalTrials.gov

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:03

HHS has issued new proposed rules that would require researchers to submit to ClinicalTrials.gov summaries of government-funded clinical trials for products that are not yet licensed or approved. NIH officials say the changes could result in fewer patients being harmed by duplicative studies. Wall Street Journal‘s “Pharmalot,” Wall Street Journal.

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GAO: VA’s IT Security Insufficient, Endangers Veterans’ Health Data

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:15

A Government Accountability Office report finds that the Department of Veteran Affairs has not adequately addressed IT security issues. VA concurs with GAO’s assessment and says it already is working on some of the report’s recommendations. FierceHealthIT et al.

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ICD-10 Coalition Urges Congress To Keep Oct. 1, 2015, Transition Date

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:08

A coalition of 15 health care organizations — called the Coalition for ICD-10 — have written a letter to Congress asking legislators not to delay ICD-10 implementation any further. The coalition argued that the delays have been “disruptive and costly” and further delays would cost an additional $1 billion to $6.6 billion. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Cybersecurity Experts Warn of Medical Device Vulnerabilities

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:02

Some cybersecurity experts say that medical devices contain common vulnerabilities that could enable hackers to gain access to the devices and obtain personal medical information to sell on the black market. Some vulnerabilities include existing devices that use defunct operating systems and the disabling devices’ passwords. Kaiser Health News.

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Survey Finds Health IT Acceptance Up Among Providers

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:01

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey finds that acceptance of health IT is growing among health care providers. However, providers are still concerned about privacy and a lack of reimbursement for certain health IT services. FierceHealthIT et al.

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OIG Report Details Health IT Challenges for HHS in FY 2014

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:43

An annual report from HHS’ Office of Inspector General highlights the top 10 management and performance challenges the agency faces, some of which relate to health IT. Such issues include promoting the meaningful use of electronic health data. Health Data Management, HHS OIG report.

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GAO: Medicare Websites Don’t Offer Adequate Cost, Quality Data

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:08

A new Government Accountability Office report finds that some CMS-run websites designed to help Medicare beneficiaries contain “critical weaknesses” and do not provide adequate information about care quality and out-of-pocket costs. The authors attribute the problem to confusing layouts, data gaps and a lack of customized information. AP/U-T San Diego.

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ONC Unveils 10-Year Quality Improvement Vision for Health IT

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:29

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a 10-year vision report for using health IT to achieve a fully interoperable quality improvement ecosystem. The report complements ONC’s roadmap for achieving interoperability. Health Data Management et al.

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Despite Smoother Functionality, HealthCare.gov Faces Minor Glitches

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:27

Some HealthCare.gov users have reported minor technical issues with the federal insurance exchange website, such as trouble with logging into accounts and verifying their identity on the site. Meanwhile, some state-run exchanges reported several technological problems that occasionally stalled enrollment. New York Times et al.

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NIST Releases Guide To Help Organizations Share Cyber Threat Data

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:23

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released draft guidelines and recommendations about how organizations, including health care groups, can share information about cyber threats with one another. NIST is soliciting comments on the draft document until Nov. 28. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Analysis: Drugmakers Using More Digital Ads To Target Physicians

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:33

A new analysis finds that drugmakers are increasingly using targeted digital advertisements in electronic health records, mobile health applications and social networks in an effort to encourage physicians to prescribe their drugs. Vox, Politico Pro.

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ICD-10 Transition Costs Lower Than Previously Estimated, Study Says

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:45

A new study finds that the cost for small physician practices to transition to ICD-10 code sets could be significantly lower than previously estimated. The authors cite improvements in lower-cost training materials and the exclusion of non-relevant costs, such as electronic health record adoption, to the reduction. Health Data Management et al.

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eHealth Initiative’s 2020 Roadmap Identifies Three Priorities

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:19

Yesterday, the eHealth Initiative released an initial set of priorities for its 2020 Roadmap for transforming care delivery through data exchange and health IT. The roadmap focuses on interoperability, business and clinical motivators and data access and use. Health Data Management et al.

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Study: Wikipedia Views Can Accurately Predict Disease Outbreaks

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:15

A study published Thursday in PLOS Computational Biology finds that Wikipedia can be used to predict the spread of infectious diseases. For example, researchers were able to use Wikipedia page views to predict the spread of influenza in some areas 28 days in advance. BBC News et al.

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FTC Seeks Info From Apple on Protection of Consumers’ Health Data

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:53

Apple representatives have met with Federal Trade Commission officials several times over the past few months to discuss the company’s privacy plans for health data collected by its Apple Watch and mobile health applications, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Reuters.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of November 14, 2014

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:05

The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society have partnered to develop standards for adopting interoperable health IT. Truven Health Analytics will acquire Heartbeat Experts, a provider of stakeholder management tools for the life sciences industry, for an undisclosed sum.

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