Health IT Pulse:

February, 2015

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February 27, 2015  2:03 PM

Federal healthcare leaders: Let technology loose in precision medicine battle against cancer

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
Barack Obama, Data Analytics, mHealth, mobile health, precision medicine

In talking to researchers at pharmaceutical companies and universities, you'll often hear them describe cancer treatment as the prototype for precision medicine because there are so many variations of the illness. Looked at another way, cancer cases offer up a lot of medical data. So it's no...

February 25, 2015  5:34 PM

FDA takes hands-off approach to wellness devices

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Apple, FDA

If you have a pacemaker in your chest, the FDA wants to make sure the device works correctly. But if you want to wear a Fitbit, the agency will leave you alone. In another sign that the FDA intends to assume a markedly hands-off policy when it comes to the wellness devices and programs that are...


February 24, 2015  1:39 PM

FDA funding leads to medical device surveillance plan

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, medical device regulation, medical device security, medical devices

Though it has a handle on measuring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, the FDA isn't sure there's enough publically-accessible information for patients and clinicians to make fully-informed decisions about medical products. The road to a firm medical device surveillance policy began...


February 19, 2015  1:15 PM

With ICD-10 implementation, the medical industry can escape the past

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
CHIME, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-9

I'm getting déjà vu from ICD-10, and not in a good way. As the healthcare industry marches forward on the ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1, 2015, a look at the coding...


February 18, 2015  5:18 PM

Epic to open app store; meanwhile nemesis athenahealth already has one

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Apple, athenahealth, Epic

While EHR market leader Epic Systems Corp. plans to open its own app store, modeled...


February 17, 2015  2:02 PM

Patients want more options when scheduling medical appointments

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, mHealth, mHealth applications, mobile apps, telehealth

There is a distinct gap between how often patients in the United States are able to use digital technology to access their health information compared to how often they wish they could. If the next generation of patients gets its way, the difference between those two values will shrink...


February 11, 2015  1:26 PM

Group representing ACOs asks for Shared Savings Program overhaul

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
accountable care organizations, ACO, AMA, Medicare Shared Savings Program

Changes proposed by CMS to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that could also alter the future of accountable care organizations (ACOs) aren't significant enough to satisfy a collection of healthcare provider groups. The opposing group comprises provider healthcare improvement alliance Premier,...


February 4, 2015  5:20 PM

ONC’s interoperability roadmap points the way, federal health IT officials say

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
DeSalvo, Interoperability, ONC

At 13 pages, it reads a lot longer. Even officials of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health IT at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., earlier this week sometimes sheepishly acknowledged that their new “


February 3, 2015  2:20 PM

Cerner Corp. closes purchase of Siemens Health Services

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Cerner, EHR, Siemens Health Services, Soarian

Closing the books on a deal that was at least six months in the making, Cerner Corp. announced it has finalized its purchase of Siemens Health Services, an EHR and business unit of


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