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The “internet of things,” or IoT, is in its infancy everywhere in healthcare, according to Warren Averett security services director Paul Perry. For those on the finance side of hospitals and health systems, he says this connected technology offers great opportunity to those who realize its potential.

Out of the $6 billion CMS made in Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive payments by June 2014, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) estimated $729 million was paid to professionals who didn’t meet meaningful use requirements.

Confirming months of speculation, Cerner has been selected to replace the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ in-house electronic health record system.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks will pay $155 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it “falsely obtained” meaningful use certification and gave customers kickbacks in exchange for publicly promoting its products.

Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

 

Recent Headlines

Going live: ONC unveils website with cost, quality info for health IT products

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology unveiled a website offering more detailed and easier-to-understand information about certified health IT products.

Change Healthcare, SourceMed to partner on billing for outpatient healthcare providers

Change Healthcare, a provider of software and analytics and technology-enabled services, has announced a partnership with SourceMed, a provider of outpatient software solutions and revenue cycle management services for surgery centers.

Digital aide may increase patient control of asthma

A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice showed the use of a new digital health technology may improve patients’ ability to control asthma symptoms.

CHIME, AEHIS weigh in on FDA's medical device cybersecurity guidance

CHIME and AEHIS believe the solution begins with more cooperation between healthcare organizations and device manufacturers.

19,000 patients at risk after Bizmatic hack

Patient Treatment Centers of America and the Interventional Surgery Institute are notifying over 19,000 patients of a security breach suffered by third party vendor Bizmatics.

Endpoint vulnerability threatens healthcare security

A survey conducted by Ponemon Institutes has found that the risk of healthcare network leaks and cyber-attacks is rising as a result of endpoint vulnerabilities.

Biomedical breakthrough? E-skin could monitor vital signs

Even in the world of Star Trek, technology hadn’t advanced this far. Medics on the Enterprise still had to lug around little handheld devices. But here in 2016, researchers have developed an ultrathin, flexible film that, one day, may become an electronic second skin.

Digital aide may improve diabetes, hypertension treatment

A new study shows the potential for digital health offerings to improve care for patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes by reducing blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels while leading to increased control of blood pressure.

3 U.S. healthcare companies ranked among the world’s top innovators

Cerner (#34), Express Scripts (#66) and Intuitive Surgical (#87), all healthcare-specific companies based in the U.S., have made the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies.

Hospitals using predictive modeling for population health

A new study found that 15 percent of providers are using predictive modeling within hospitals.

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