Health IT Pulse:

November, 2015

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November 24, 2015  3:45 PM

Epic’s response to critical Mother Jones article

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Epic, Interoperability

Mother Jones recently published a highly critical article on Epic Systems, claiming that the EHR vendor's product lacked interoperability and...

November 24, 2015  1:12 PM

Department of Agriculture to distribute $23.4 million in telemedicine grants

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Telemedicine, telemedicine services

Observers of last week's National Rural Health Day had something extra to celebrate this year, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promised telemedicine grants to 31 states. The USDA committed a total of $23.4 million in telemedicine grants


November 19, 2015  12:10 PM

Epic gets flak again on interoperability, this time in Mother Jones article

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
EHR, Epic

Epic Systems has been criticized for its lack of interoperability before, and now, in a recent Mother Jones article entitled


November 18, 2015  2:56 PM

Study shows lower hospitalization rate for patients treated with precision medicine

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
personalized medicine, precision medicine

The precision medicine approach to healthcare is thought to be a more personalized model that will improve individual and population health outcomes. That assertion now has more...


November 16, 2015  6:16 PM

Lawyer suggests strategies to avoid texting risks with PHI

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security, PHI, PHI encryption

Healthcare providers and their business associates are fast getting hip to the reality that it’s not OK to text protected health information (PHI). Not only does unsecure texting...


November 12, 2015  3:00 PM

ICD-10’s appearance at my doctor’s visit

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee

As a health IT journalist, it's always interesting when you experience what you write about in real life. In my case, this happened when I went to the doctor yesterday. I was sitting in the examination room as the nurse practitioner asked me questions and then clicked around on the computer...


November 10, 2015  1:06 PM

Loss of interest, hidden costs drive away users of mHealth apps

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Connected Health, mHealth, mHealth applications, quantified self

Getting Americans with smartphones to use mobile applications to monitor their health isn't a difficult accomplishment, as a majority of them have already downloaded one. Getting them to stick with one mHealth app over a long-term period isn't as straightforward because many of them have found...


November 5, 2015  2:02 PM

For those who need it most, wearables may be out of reach

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee

It seems fitting that the rise in popularity of wearables comes at a time when Americans are facing such chronic diseases like diabetes, which the International...


November 4, 2015  4:06 PM

Connected Health draws dreamers and big players

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Connected Health, mHealth, Telemedicine

Joseph Kvedar, M.D., is one of health IT’s best-known evangelists for mobile health technologies and is probably the originator of the decade-or-so-old term “connected health,” which Kvedar, a dermatologist by training and technologist by inclination,


November 3, 2015  12:42 PM

ICD-10 conversion goes quietly in its first month

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion, ICD-10 implementation

The number of codes increased, but not much else has changed in the world of U.S. medical coding since the Oct. 1 ICD-10 conversion date. At least that's the message conveyed by CMS' recent update on the first month post-ICD-10. A CMS report -- comparing


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