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The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business ...

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State telemedicine licensure laws: 13 facts

State medical boards' varying policies, beholden to state legislatures, make telemedicine licensure a complicated science. At least for companies who want to extend practice beyond their home state.

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MHealth app attempts to bolster home PT compliance

A smartphone mHealth app drives patient engagement at home for physical therapy rehab patients, teaches exercises and logs compliance between visits.

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Data mining, disease surveillance go beyond EHRs

Healthcare researchers mine unstructured data from nontraditional sources such as social media to detect disease outbreaks and predict pandemics.

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    State telemedicine licensure laws: 13 facts

    State medical boards' varying policies, beholden to state legislatures, make telemedicine licensure a complicated science. At least for companies who want to extend practice beyond their home state.

  • Mobile health systems and devices

    Locking down mobile apps in healthcare BYOD

    Internal research from Fiberlink Communications on the most popular healthcare apps offers insight into what users value most in an application.

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    Not everyone's sanguine on FDA MDDS guidance

    Mobile health developers may applaud FDA MDDS guidance indicating it won't regulate many apps. Does this push too much safety risk on to patients?