CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield first learned in May 2014 of malware on an information system that was hacked a month later, according to two health information security consultants. But the Blues plan apparently did not realize the malware was not completely eradicated and the system was hacked a month later.
By a vote of 51-0, the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday approved the 21st Century Cures Act bill, including health IT provisions potentially impacting electronic health records interoperability. But the proposed legislation is not without controversy.  more »
The use of analytics in healthcare is evolving, as external forces place continual change on organizations to discover ways to improve how they operate and optimize patient outcomes.  more »

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its strategic vision for physician quality reporting programs, describing a state in which measurements and public reporting are aligned and optimized across various programs to ease the reporting processes.

Consumers using home health technologies will increase from 14.3 million worldwide in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020, according to research firm Tractica.

Companies that share information on hacking threats with each other and U.S. law enforcement would be shielded from lawsuits under a House bill passed over the objections of privacy advocates.

Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will reintroduce a bill to waive Medicare restrictions on telehealth services, encouraging greater use of the technology.

Recent announcements by Apple introduced its most significant investment in health to date. As the dust continues to settle, here are the standouts.

The computer security industry is eating humble pie at this week’s RSA Security Conference in San Francisco. Amid continued cybersecurity break-ins and a growing threat landscape, there are five key IT security and data protection trends emerging at the conference.

After a decade of false starts, encryption technology is taking hold across mobile devices and cloud computing. The big question: Can traditional enterprise networks and on-premises data centers keep pace with the fast-rising encryption trend?

To promote community health, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is making available $1 million in grants to enable communities to work collaboratively to identify opportunities to support and extend the use of secure, interoperable health IT tools and health information exchange services.

To address the challenges in healthcare today, more innovation then ever is needed along with fresh ways of thinking, a top public health IT official said Monday, and there is a real potential for the government to be a “positive force” in this change.

We’ve only scratched the service on using technology to improve care, access and quality, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday at HIMSS15, and to continue along that path three main actions need to be accomplished.

Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will reintroduce a bill to waive Medicare restrictions on telehealth services, encouraging greater use of the technology.

Over the years, hospital information systems vendor Medsphere Systems and consultancy Phoenix Health Systems have had a partnership. Now, the partners have merged following a swap of Phoenix stock for Medsphere stock.

In the opening keynote at the HIMSS15 conference on Monday, Walgreens President Alex Gourlay laid out his company’s vision for creating a patient-centered pharmacy that leverages mobile healthcare and digital health technologies.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s plan to establish a $5 million Health IT Safety Center remains up in the air due to Congress’ refusal to authorize funds for the center.
Telemedicine vendor REACH Health recently released results of a benchmark survey on the state of the telemedicine industry in the United States. The 233 survey respondents represented physicians and nurses, administrators, coordinators and other stakeholders, sharing their views about priorities, objectives and challenges, program models, management structures, settings of care, and their telemedicine platforms. Here is a summary of findings.  read more 
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