Health IT Pulse:

August, 2016

August 31, 2016  12:40 PM

IoT in healthcare: Four attack scenarios and what to do

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Internet of Things, medical device security

As medical devices become increasingly connected to the internet and, therefore, the Internet of Things (IoT), Forrester Research, said in a report that there are four types of attacks healthcare organizations need to aware of, especially after coming off the

August 26, 2016  3:21 PM

VA partners with NCI, DoD for precision medicine program

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
precision medicine

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is partnering with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to form the nation's first screening program intended to provide targeted and individualized therapies for cancer patients. The tri-agency

August 25, 2016  11:00 AM

Members of CommonWell will enable patients to access health data

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
CommonWell Alliance, Interoperability

If you're a patient of a hospital or physician that is using the technology of a CommonWell Health Alliance member—including

August 19, 2016  12:26 PM

Many health and fitness apps lack privacy policies

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman

A recent study by the Future of Privacy Forum found that the top health and fitness apps lag behind other types of apps in terms of privacy policies -- only 70% of the top 100 health and fitness apps had a...

August 17, 2016  3:40 PM

E-prescribing of controlled substances on sharp rise

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
e-prescribing, e-prescriptions, Surescripts

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances, or EPCS, such as opioids increased dramatically in 2015, according to

August 10, 2016  2:41 PM

Dentists and meaningful use

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
certified EHR technology, e, EHR, EHR adoption, meaningful use attestation

It may be time for dentists to sink their teeth into meaningful use. Dentists, while theoretically eligible for the federal EHR incentive program, have for the most part stayed away because there were no penalties for...

August 10, 2016  9:16 AM

Could the key to health data exchange be APIs? ONC thinks so.

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
API, Interoperability

Application program interfaces (APIs)– routines, protocols, and tools used when building software—are important not only for interoperability but also to the future of healthcare, according to the...

August 5, 2016  10:46 AM

MHealth apps too complicated for vulnerable populations

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman

There's no denying that mHealth apps have the potential to help patients better manage their health. But according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, mHealth apps are

August 3, 2016  11:16 AM

HHS and ONC call for research on blockchain technology

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee

When the government gets involved with a certain technology in healthcare you know there's a good chance that technology has some promise. Just look at what happened with EHRs and the...

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