Medicare beneficiaries as well as providers could be issued electronically readable cards--with magnetic stripes, bar codes and "smart" cards that can process data--as replacements for the current paper-based cards which display Social Security numbers, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Doctors and teaching hospitals have until May 20, 2015, to review and dispute the data submitted by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations before it is included in the Open Payments database.  more »
Health Data Management and supporting sponsors awarded four Vespa Primavera 150 scooters during the magazine's 19th annual Vespa contest at the 2015 HIMSS Conference in Chicago.  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.
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In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, concern has been mounting that Minnesota’s state-run HIX is slowly sinking into insolvency exacerbated by downward revisions in projected enrollment and speculation that it could be supplanted by Healthcare.gov at some point.  read more 
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