HDM Top Stories

Frontier-AT&T Deal in Connecticut includes VA Telehealth Pilot

A long-simmering deal between AT&T and Frontier Communications, in which Frontier would acquire AT&T's residential landline and broadband customers in Connecticut, has received final approval from the state's Public Utilties Regulatory Authority.

CHIME Adds CTOs and CAOs to its Ranks

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which historically has represented chief information officers, is expanding to also represent chief technology officers and chief application officers.

Health Providers Support Public APIs to Achieve Interoperability

Recommendations adopted last week calling on the government to re-align the EHR meaningful use program to expand interoperability are getting kudos from industry stakeholders.

Baltimore Launches Mobile TB Care Adherence Pilot

The City of Baltimore Health Department and Baltimore-based mobile care platform developer emocha Mobile Health will be launching a pilot program aimed at easing the burden of tuberculosis care monitoring on the city's provider community.

ONC Exodus Continues with DeSalvo, Reider Departures

Soon after the announcement that Karen DeSalvo was leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, deputy national coordinator Jacob Reider announced that he soon is returning home to Albany, N.Y.

Multiple Data Sources Improve Medication Accuracy

Adding data from a commercial prescription database and a community health information exchange to electronic health records increased the accuracy of medication lists for patients at two hospitals in upstate New York.

Consumers Willing to Share Wearable Data for Break on Insurance Rate

Employers that are considering incorporating wearable fitness devices into their wellness programs are facing important decisions about the cost of those devices, and must also be prepared to allay employees’ concerns about data security.

Disease Surveillance in Preschools Improves Outbreak Detection

A web-based system that allows preschools and child care centers to report illnesses to local public health departments could improve the detection of disease outbreaks and allow resources to be mobilized more quickly.

Mobile EHR Users More Satisfied Than Desktop, Laptop Users

A new survey of nearly 600 physicians reveals that those accessing electronic health records from mobile devices report higher levels of satisfaction and fewer challenges with their EHRs than non-mobile users.

Physician-Patient Email Communication on Rise

A new study from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers some early insights into the effects of increasing numbers of emailed communications on doctors, suggesting that reimbursement models and physician workflow may need to adjust to accommodate message management.

ONC Leader DeSalvo Moving to HHS

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, is leaving the office immediately to become Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.

CMS Dangles $840M for Physician Practice Transformation

A new four-year federal initiative backed with $840 million in funding is designed to aid 150,000 physician practices in transforming their operations to improve the efficiency, quality and coordination of care, supported with information technologies.

Walgreens, Henry Ford Health Contest Seeks Engagement Apps

Henry Ford Health System Innovations is supporting the Walgreens Balance Rewards App Challenge to find new mobile applications that encourage healthy behavior and improve disease management.

Kaiser Group Launches 'Medical Selfies'

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has launched a new virtual feature available on KP.org, its integrated member resource website. Through a secured email server, patients can now send digital images to their physicians, including pictures of rashes, wounds or other injuries.

API Offers Ability to Target Ebola with EHR App

A $15 million project, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to define an application programming interface for electronic health records, could turn EHRs into effective public health tools at the point of care in fighting Ebola.

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