Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/08/15

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.

$6.5 Billion Flows Into Digital Health in 2014 

FierceHealthIT reports that during the year 2014, investors poured a record $6.5 billion into digital health ventures. This was an increase of 125% from 2013. The top investment areas included diagnostics, consumer health, practice management, and workflows. 

EHRs Threaten Confidentiality of Adolescent Healthcare 

Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have published a paper that discusses how EHRs can threat the confidentiality of adolescents. There is the possibility of disclosure to parents of health information that the minor would prefer to keep private. Also, because many teens are unable to pay for out-of-pocket costs, the explanation of benefits related to insurance may be sent to parents while patients are receiving confidential care. 

Survey: Over Half of Physicians Won't Attest to Stage 2 in 2015

According to Healthcare Dive, a survey done by MPI in partnership with SERMO has found that 55% of physicians won't attest to stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Only 43,898 eligible professionals and 1,903 eligible hospitals have attested to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting period, out of 500,000 active registrants.  

Patients Take Control of Data in "Democratization" of Medicine

Eric Topol, M.D, chief academic officer of Scripps Health in San Diego, discusses "democratization of medicine" in an interview with Health Data Management. Topol's book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare, argues that there is an increasing shift towards consumers "owning" medical data and health information. 

01/08/2015 Categories: HIT