While big data holds tremendous potential for advancing medical science, reducing the costs of healthcare delivery, and providing better health outcomes, the analysis of this data also poses significant risks to individual privacy--a reality the Obama administration is grappling with.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued updated guidance as the last week to conduct ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare--July 20-24--approaches.  more »
According to new research from market intelligence firm Tractica, telehealth video consultation sessions will increase from 19.7 million in 2014 to 158.4 million per year by 2020.  more »

New research reveals that 29 percent of U.S. broadband households own a connected health device—up from 27 percent a year ago—while 12 percent of broadband households own multiple connected health devices.

With a little more than 100 days until the ICD-10 implementation deadline goes into effect, the clock is ticking but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services insists it’s not too late for providers and others to get ready for the code switchover—even if they’ve done nothing so far to prepare for the new code set.

As the nation awaits the Supreme Court decision on whether premium subsidies offered on the federal health insurance exchange are constitutional, state legislatures continue to pass or consider bills to prohibit or establish state-based exchanges.

Several industry consultants and attorneys specializing in privacy and security issues praised the appointment of privacy advocate Deven McGraw to serve as deputy director for health information privacy in the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

Royal Philips has a new healthcare diagnostic imaging contract worth $500 million and Truven Health Analytics has closed a deal worth $86 million.

The winner of the second annual Osler national student app contest, created by a team of students from the University of Toronto, is a free Android app that serves as a semi-customized platform for post-discharge instructions for emergency department patients.

Health Data Management is announcing recipients of its 2nd annual Analytics All-Stars program, which recognizes organizations and individuals implementing analytics in innovative ways to improve the health of their patients and the financial performance of their organizations.

Information technology will play a central role in health insurance mergers and acquisitions as the industry continues to consolidate, according to healthcare analysts.

As the nation awaits the Supreme Court decision on whether premium subsidies offered on the federal health insurance exchange are constitutional, state legislatures continue to pass or consider bills to prohibit or establish state-based exchanges.

In the run-up to the October 1 ICD-10 deadline, many providers have completed key steps in the implementation process but still lag behind when it comes to testing, and most expect to continue managing the switchover after the deadline.

Shares of health insurers from Cigna Corp. to Aetna Inc. surged on speculation that the industry is heading for a round of mergers to boost profits.

In a June 15 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society voiced its strong support for a CMS proposed rule that would ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.

The Bureau of Primary Health Care is providing additional funding of nearly $12 million to 37 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs), which provide services to community health centers across the country, including the acquisition and implementation of health IT.

You may add to the many "silo problems" facing those who wish to use health data to its full potential the fragmentation of health and safety data in the typical American workplace. Yet, the two are interdependent and some of the nation's most prominent experts in occupational medicine say it is time to begin coordinating and quantifying the effort to improve the nation's health at work.
Summer vacation is a great time to recharge your body -- and your mind. To achieve that latter goal, check out these 15 must-reads, which we culled from the Society for Information Management, plus faculty and administration members from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Here’s the lineup and a description of each tome.   read more 
As small employers shift from group to individual coverage, private exchanges can be a useful tool to keep brokers competitive and maximize profits during the transition.  read more 
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