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Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/29/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

ONC calls for behavioral mHealth in new app challenge

According to EHR Intelligence, the ONC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are currently looking for innovative mobile-based solutions to behavioral health disorders and substance abuse. If you are an app developer interested in entering the contest, you can read the rules and details here.

Cloud Computing becoming more prevalent in healthcare

CIOL reports on the rise of cloud computing in the healthcare space. According to the 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, the proliferation of desktop virtualization in healthcare continues to increase.

Health IT spending on pace to top $34.5B

According to FierceHealthIT, healthcare IT spending will reach $34.5 billion in North America in 2014. A recent report by Mercom Capital Group also found that venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector continues to grow rapidly, with $623 million raised in Q2 of 2013.

Clinical data analytics next big thing

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that the clinical analytics market will be the next big thing as the healthcare world shifts towards new payment models and more and more healthcare facilities adopt electronic health records. Healthcare groups are now looking to analytics solutions for population health management.

Biggest challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals

Government Health IT discusses some of the challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals. The article highlights Catholic Health Partners, which is currently working to go live with online bill payment as the first piece of their patient portal. 

HHS, CMS, and ONC Release Federal Health Data  

On Friday we talked about how meaningful data can help physicians and other providers improve care and achieve business success. This Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that HHS, CMS, and ONC have released new federal health data as part of a mission to create a more transparent health care marketplace and to help researchers and consumers make informed decisions.

This release of information highlights the importance of monitoring your facility’s data, improving clinical and financial performance metrics, and ensuring that numbers are accurate. As health care data becomes more public, it is likely that more consumers will turn to metrics when choosing care options and providers. It is therefore critical that health care facilities not only deliver the highest quality care but also maintain accurate data that reflects their success.

Some notable information released includes:

What do you think of the latest release of federal health data? How has your facility used meaningful data to improve health care? 

Vast Majority of Surveyed Hospitals Experience Breaches 

(Photo credit: Credit: Flickr/Mr. Cacahuate)

Ninety-four percent of hospitals responding to a recent survey experienced a data breach in the past two years, according to the Ponemon Institute. Forty-five percent of these hospitals indicated that their data was breached more than five times – an increase from 2010 when the percentage of respondents indicating more than five breaches was 29 percent.

With the potential for penalties under HIPAA, the cost of notifying stakeholders and civil suite awards, the possibility these hospitals could be stuck with millions in costs due to data breaches is staggering.

Even more discouraging, those hospitals that had not joined a health information exchange (HIE) cite low or lack of confidence in data security as the number one reason they were reluctant to share information within organizations.

As the move to electronic health records (EHR) continues, what measures is your organization taking to ensure patient data security?

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