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Health IT Pulse is the blog for the writers and editors of SearchHealthIT.com, which covers health care technology and electronic health records infrastructure, applications, management and compliance.


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Study shows lower hospitalization rate for patients treated with precision medicine

November 17, 2015 - The precision medicine approach to healthcare is thought to be a more personalized model that will improve individual and population health outcomes. That assertion now has more evidence in its favor after the publication of a study in the Journal of Medical Economics. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Utah, took patients...... READ MORE


The HIMSS16 takeaway: Health data interoperability or bust
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Apr 6 2016

Guest post by Matthew A. Michela, CEO, lifeIMAGE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., were in lockstep with their themes at the 2016 Healthcare Information and Manag…READ MORE


St. Luke's Episcopal Health System: Modern mobile healthcare technologies
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Feb 17 2016

Guest post by Lee Johnson, director of global marketing, NetMotion Wireless

St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System is one of the nation’s largest health systems. With more than 90 hospitals, 24 critical access facilities, home health agencies and a number of other health-focused facilities in 18 stat…READ MORE


Protecting health IT data at rest
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 16 2015

Guest post by Dr. Michael G. Mathews, president, COO, & co-founder, CynergisTek, Inc.

In prior segments of this series, I touched on the fundamentals of encryption using symmetric (shared secret), asymmetric (public-key), and combinations of the two to get a hybrid approach to keeping data co…READ MORE


The 10 worst data breaches of 2015
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 15 2015

Guest post by Rick Kam, CIPP/US, president and co-founder, ID Experts

There’s no sugarcoating the fact that 2015 was a dizzying year for data breaches, and disastrous for many organizations and consumers. In the first half of the year alone, Gemalto NV found that 888 disclosed security incidents …READ MORE


The human risk factor of a healthcare data breach
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 8 2015

Guest post by Rick Kam, CIPP/US, president and co-founder, ID Experts

In a recent report from the Ponemon Institute, 70% of the surveyed healthcare organizations and business associates identified employee negligence as a top threat to information security. An article published earlier this year …READ MORE


Study shows lower hospitalization rate for patients treated with precision medicine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 17 2015

The precision medicine approach to healthcare is thought to be a more personalized model that will improve individual and population health outcomes. That assertion now has more evidence in its favor after the publication of a study in the Journal of Medical Economics.

The study, conducted by res…READ MORE


Lawyer suggests strategies to avoid texting risks with PHI
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 16 2015

Healthcare providers and their business associates are fast getting hip to the reality that it’s not OK to text protected health information (PHI).

Not only does unsecure texting of PHI run afoul of HIPAA privacy rules, but it’s also just too easy for texted PHI to be stolen, hacked, leaked o…READ MORE


ICD-10's appearance at my doctor's visit
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Nov 12 2015

As a health IT journalist, it’s always interesting when you experience what you write about in real life. In my case, this happened when I went to the doctor yesterday.

I was sitting in the examination room as the nurse practitioner asked me questions and then clicked around on the computer updat…READ MORE


Loss of interest, hidden costs drive away users of mHealth apps
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 10 2015

Getting Americans with smartphones to use mobile applications to monitor their health isn’t a difficult accomplishment, as a majority of them have already downloaded one. Getting them to stick with one mHealth app over a long-term period isn’t as straightforward because many of them have found non-p…READ MORE


What's stopping the wearables revolution?
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Nov 5 2015

Guest post by Zach Watson, marketing operations analyst, TechnologyAdvice

Despite obscene amounts of hype, wearable technology has yet to truly turn mainstream. A Nielsen Company report from 2014 found that only about 15% of consumers use wearable technology, though roughly 70% were aware of the …READ MORE


For those who need it most, wearables may be out of reach
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Nov 5 2015

It seems fitting that the rise in popularity of wearables comes at a time when Americans are facing such chronic diseases like diabetes, which the International Diabetes Federation estimates will affect one in 10 adults by 2030. Not only that but more than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low and mid…READ MORE


Connected Health draws dreamers and big players
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 4 2015

Joseph Kvedar, M.D., is one of health IT’s best-known evangelists for mobile health technologies and is probably the originator of the decade-or-so-old term “connected health,” which Kvedar, a dermatologist by training and technologist by inclination, takes to incorporate both mHealth and tele…READ MORE


ICD-10 conversion goes quietly in its first month
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 3 2015

The number of codes increased, but not much else has changed in the world of U.S. medical coding since the Oct. 1 ICD-10 conversion date. At least that’s the message conveyed by CMS’ recent update on the first month post-ICD-10.

A CMS report — comparing claims made from Oct. 1 through Oct. 27 to…READ MORE


'Personal health IT' devices among top IoT uses
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 28 2015

When the Harvard Business Review (HBR) checks in on a business or social phenomenon, it’s usually instructive to take notice.

In this instance, the HBR’s online edition looks at the Internet of Things (IoT), and finds that the “quantified self” — using health, personal fitness and wellne…READ MORE


New study indicates online health tools may contribute to health disparities
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Oct 28 2015

E-health interventions may be widening health disparities rather than shrinking them.

That’s what a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found. The study looked at roughly 2,800 patients at four university-affiliated nephrology offices in western Pennsylva…READ MORE


Providers doubt other providers' willingness to share clinical information
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Oct 27 2015

As the healthcare industry labors to achieve better interoperability, some providers are pointing fingers at their peers. Nearly every healthcare provider says it’s willing to share clinical information with other providers, but noticeably fewer providers believe the reverse holds true.

Nearly on…READ MORE


Danger in the cloud
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Oct 27 2015

Guest post by Doug Pollack, CIPP/US, chief strategy officer, ID Experts

Chances are that your healthcare organization has already chosen to use cloud computing as part of its IT infrastructure, and with good reason: Cloud computing is a cost-effective way to grow IT capacity, and software service…READ MORE


Health data startup gets unusual attention
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 23 2015

It seems like health IT is in a perpetual, super-charged cycle of announcements, unveilings and acquisitions ranging from the recent Salesforce foray into healthcare, for example, to IBM Watson Health’s plan to buy VNA vendor Merge Healthcare Incorporated.

Now comes what one media wag called …READ MORE


The possible downside of data sharing in healthcare
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Oct 22 2015

Many in healthcare agree that big data, data analytics and data sharing in healthcare are important. In fact, many are greatly investing in these areas. For example, Marc Probst, CIO at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, said his organization is heavily investing in data analytics and John …READ MORE


Group's letter challenges ONC's timeline for nationwide interoperability
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Oct 20 2015

Healthcare professionals and groups noticed the signs that the the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is shifting its focus from the meaningful use program to health data interoperability. Now, many of those groups are questioning why ONC designated 2024 as the year by which nati…READ MORE


Medical identity theft: Why healthcare data can be breached
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Oct 15 2015

Guest post by Rick Kam, CIPP/US, president and co-founder, ID Experts

Passengers on the London Underground are told to “mind the gap,” a warning to watch for the space between the train door and station platform. Healthcare organizations need to mind their own privacy and security gaps when it co…READ MORE


ICD-10 transition not quite Y2K yet
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 14 2015

Disaster has not yet ensued since the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1.

While there have been pockets of discontent, reports from the medical coding front have been largely positive about the changeover that had caused many healthcare providers fear and worry, though many also said during the run-u…READ MORE


Remote care for veterans across states the objective of new telemedicine bill
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Oct 13 2015

Two U.S. senators introduced a bill into Congress that could simplify and expand the practice of telemedicine for the benefit of American veterans. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mazie Hirono (D- Hawaii) and eight other senators co-sponsored the bill, the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 20…READ MORE


ONC chief speaks, may depart soon
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 12 2015

When Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health IT, elaborated last week about the final stage 3 meaningful use rules that ONC and CMS had just released, one had to wonder if these would be among her last public pronouncements as the top ONC official.

After all, while it is not yet offi…READ MORE


Public health leader: Sacrifice efficiency to improve measurements of population health
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Oct 8 2015

In order to not only truly achieve population health but also accurately measure its success, it may mean sacrificing some efficiency. At least, that’s what Sandro Galea, M.D., dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, thinks.

In a Harvard Business Review article, Galea writes that o…READ MORE


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