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Embracing artificial intelligence (AI) technology is “a necessity” for the health IT industry, according to Harold “Hal” Wolf III, the next president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 was introduced to increase the rate of integration of electronic health records (EHRs). In a recent study, published by Health Affairs, researchers analyze if the bill was able to increase EHR adoption.

Having a strong first line of defense is key in any battle—and the same goes for the fight for cybersecurity. A recent newsletter released by HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) urges healthcare organizations to arm their employees with knowledge in order to prevent cyberattacks.

In response to the opioid epidemic, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, MA, PhD, R-Pennsylvania, has introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act, which allows physicians to review patient information regarding previous addiction treatment through electronic health records (EHRs).

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule would provide a boost in reimbursement to telehealth services, paying for several new services and codes.

 

Recent Headlines

FDA-approved stomach-draining device may face lawsuit

The Food and Drug Administration has approved several new weight loss interventions in the past year, but one in particular seems to be raising eyebrows among physicians.

Nearly 600 U.S. clinics could be selling unregulated stem cell treatments

The risks of “stem cell tourism” might be overplayed, according to a new paper published June 30 in the journal Cell Stem Cell. But only because the real risks of unregulated stem cells might actually be within the U.S.

 
Biden rallies participants to double cancer progress in 'moonshot' kick-off

Vice President Joe Biden led a major step toward completing his “moonshot” task of curing cancer June 29, when he spoke at the first Cancer Moonshot Summit.

 
FDA approves test for quicker detection of hospital ‘superbugs’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a thumbs up to a test hospitals can use to identify certain types of antibiotic-resistant infections more quickly.

Study reveals differing standards for approval of American, European medical devices

Medical devices play a vital role in patient care, but how they are approved and regulated are vastly different in the United States compared to the European Union.

Health IT groups want more time to prepare for MACRA

Electronic health record (EHR) vendors and the clinicians they serve need more than a few months to adapt to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, according to numerous comments submitted to CMS by health IT groups.

CDC failed to disclose lab mishaps to Congress

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Congress it left out 34 incident reports involving lab mistakes from information it provided to a congressional investigation in 2014, according to USA Today.

IT group wants interoperability standards for drug monitoring

As the House and Senate work in a conference committee on anti-opioid abuse legislation, a coalition called Health IT Now has asked lawmakers to lay out more specific standards on how different states’ prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) will be interoperable.

 

Study claims high drug prices lead to more long-term savings

A study released by Frank R. Lichtenberg of the Montreal Economic Institute said while the price of prescription drugs remains high, the implementation of medical innovation leads to more savings in the long run.

White House announces $200M in organ donation research investments

In an effort to reduce the waiting list for organ donation, the administration of President Barack Obama announced several new actions at a White House summit June 13

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