Our HealthCare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) CMS launches chief data officer position. Healthcare IT News, November 20, 2014.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services appointed its first CDO, Niall Brennan, to oversee improvements in data collection and dissemination.

2) Identity thieves stole patient information from two Detroit hospitals. Detroit Free Press, November 18, 2014.

A pair of thieves stole patient information from Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and DMC Harper Hospital to scam the government out of almost $500,000.00.

3) Concern about cyber vulnerability of medical devices is increasing. Kaiser Health News, November 18, 2014.

Concerns about medical devices such as insulin pumps, defibrillators, fetal monitors and scanners is growing as more devices connect to the internet.

4) Study shows promise and pitfalls of clinical decision support. Modern Healthcare, November 19, 2014.

A study released by the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows both the good and the bad regarding harnessing software to improve clinical decisions.

5) Organizations urge Congress to avoid further ICD-10 delays. FierceHealthIT, November 18, 2014.

A group of 15 organizations sent a letter asking that the October 2015 deadline be kept for compliance with ICD-10, to avoid further disruptions and costs.

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