Health IT

Despite taking in $600 million in federal investment, it remains uncertain whether the promised benefits of health information exchanges will be being realized, according to a RAND Corp. study. 

Alarm hazards rank first on the ECRI Institute’s top 10 list of medical technology concerns for 2015, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced $8.6 million in rural telehealth grants, according to ONC’s blog, Health IT Buzz.

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate would exempt regulation of EHRs and certain types of decision support software, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology.

Joe White, who managed six Texas hospitals owned by Tariq Mahmood, MD, has pleaded guilty to making false statements to obtain $800,000 in Meaningful Use incentive payments, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Healthcare organizations can employ a number of strategies to utilize big data to improve quality of care and outcomes for patients, especially those with chronic conditions, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

The American Medical Association has issued a policy statement urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to drop Meaningful Use penalties, according to Medscape. 

Extracting medical records from a hospital proved arduous for Peter Drier, the subject of a New York Times article on the surprise fees of out-of-network assistant surgeons.

In a major win for telehealth advocates, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized a rule adding seven new telemedicine billing codes to the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule, reports Politico.

Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft Band, its first wearable that seeks to grab a slice of the impending Apple Watch audience, according to Wired. 

Booz Allen Hamilton has purchased Epidemico, a Boston-based health analytics start-up, for an undisclosed amount, reports The Washington Post.

FitBit will remain imcompatible with Apple's HealthKit for the simple reason that it plans to launch its own wearable device that will compete directly with Apple Watch, according to Tech Crunch.