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Todd Park To Step Down as U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:51

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is expected to step down by the end of the year to take on a new role as an IT recruiter for the federal government. During his nearly five-year tenure with the Obama administration, Park helped lead efforts to fix HealthCare.gov and implement several health IT initiatives, such as openFDA. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Oregon Sues Oracle Over Botched Health Insurance Exchange Website

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:35

Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Oracle America alleging that the company submitted fraudulent claims and failed to deliver on its contractual obligations for the state health insurance exchange. The suit comes two weeks after Oracle filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the state. Los Angeles Times‘ “Nation Now” et al.

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Health IT Workers Still in High Demand, Survey Finds

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:26

The 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey finds that there is high demand for health IT workers. The survey finds that 84% of respondents’ organizations hired at least one full-time health IT staffer over the past year, and 82% plan to hire at least one health IT worker over the next year. Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Analytics survey.

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FCC Sets Rules for Use of Mobile Health Broadband Networks

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:54

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a second set of final rules that set guidelines for the use of Medical Body Area Networks. MBANs host wearable sensors that transmit diagnostic data to nearby hubs so that physicians can monitor patients’ health. Health Data Management.

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Adopting Simplified EHR Alerts Greatly Reduces UTIs, Study Finds

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:43

A University of Pennsylvania study finds that hospitals can significantly reduce their rates of urinary tract infections by using electronic health record alerts that notify physicians about the recommended time to removed catheters. EHR Intelligence, Penn Medicine release.

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NIST Releases Draft Guide for Employers Vetting Mobile Apps

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:53

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft guide that aims to help organizations vet mobile applications for potential security vulnerabilities. NIST is soliciting comments on the guide through Sept. 18. Health Data Management, NIST guidance.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of August 22, 2014

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:17

CDC has awarded Dell a five-year contract worth at least $120 million to provide the agency with IT infrastructure, application and user support services. Netsmart will integrate its behavioral electronic health record system with Allscripts’ ambulatory EHR system.

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Study: Many Patients Struggle To Understand Electronic Lab Results

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:22

A University of Michigan study finds that patients with lower numeracy skills and health literacy have more trouble understanding electronic lab test results. The study’s author recommends designing ways to present test results that are more intuitive for patients. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Premier Calls for Quality Data, Context With Release of Claims Data

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:04

In a recent letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Premier urges lawmakers to ensure that provider payment data are released with appropriate context, such as quality information, so the data are valuable to consumers. The group also recommends the government bolster initiatives that aim to empower consumers through health IT. Health Data Management, Healthcare IT News.

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New Web-Based Tool Calculates Effect of Public Health Initiatives

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:00

A new Web-based tool launched by the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, the Partnership for Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can estimate how public health initiatives will affect health care costs and outcomes at the county, state and national levels. Health Data Management.

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Hackers Directly Targeting Health Care Organizations, FBI Warns

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:10

The FBI has issued a flash alert warning that health care organizations are being targeted by hackers for intellectual property, such as equipment development and medical device data. Meanwhile, three lawmakers are calling for legislative action to improve safeguards against cyberattacks. Reuters, Politico‘s “eMorning Health.”

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Judge: Iowa Medical Board Can Bar Telemedicine for Abortion Care

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:06

An Iowa judge has ruled that the state Board of Medicine has the authority to ban the use of telemedicine for prescribing medication abortion drugs. The ruling, which plaintiffs are expected to challenge, upholds a board rule that requires a physician to be present and perform a physical examination before administering the medication. Bloomberg, Des Moines Register.

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CDC, HHS Launch Health IT Blood Pressure Management Challenge

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:48

A new challenge launched by HHS and CDC aims to spotlight providers who are using health IT to improve blood pressure management. The challenge is part of the national Million Hearts initiative and will run until Oct. 10. Health Data Management, Federal Register.

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FDA Unveils API for Medical Device Adverse Event Data

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:30

FDA has added an application programming interface to its openFDA initiative that allows researchers and other users to access medical device adverse event reports submitted to the agency since 1992. However, officials warn that the data could be incomplete and should be used in context of other information. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Physicians Reluctant To Use Data From Wearable Health Trackers

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:28

Sources in the medical device, digital health and health care fields say physicians are reluctant to incorporate information from patients’ health data tracking devices — such as Google Fit and Apple’s Health Kit — because of concerns about privacy and data quality. VentureBeat.

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Calif. Court’s Cell Phone Ruling Could Affect Hospitals’ BYOD Policies

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:19

A California Court of Appeals ruling requiring retail employers to reimburse employees who use their personal mobile phones for work could have implications for the health care industry. Specifically, it could prompt some hospitals to bar workers from using their own devices for work and opt for a lower-cost bulk plan, in which the hospital provides devices for employees. MobiHealthNews.

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About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:11

An analysis of HHS data shows about 30.1 million people have been affected by the 944 recorded major health data breaches since federal reporting requirements went into effect in 2009. The analysis did not include the estimated 4.5 million patients affected by the recently reported Community Health Systems data breach. Washington Post‘s “Wonkblog” et al.

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