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Celebrity photo hack begs big question: What if it had been healthcare data?

What if it had been healthcare data? The big news this past holiday weekend wasn't about the weather or beach temperatures. It was about a high-profile hack into celebrity private photos stored in the cloud--most likely Apple's iCloud--and how hackers accessed and posted personal photos of moe than 100 female celebrities.

CMS to withhold even more data from Open Payment database

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will likely withhold more data upon the public launch of the Open Payments database, which aims to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors.

ONC power team: Improvements needed to share patient queries, data

Improvements need to be made to the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation guidance and elsewhere to facilitate electronic health record queries for patient records for the 2017 edition of certified EHR technology, according to recommendations by the Health IT Standards Committee's Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) power team.

Changes in EHR use, QI initiatives help clinics to improve care

Small clinics often lack experience with quality improvement initiatives and electronic clinical data to help patients with diabetes, according to a case study of the Utah Beacon Experience. But with proper training, such facilities can use those resources to improve patient care.

Success story: Faced with closure five years ago, Florida hospital now in the black

Five years ago, Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida faced a $124 million loss and was close to shutting its doors for good. Today, the 400-bed, not-for-profit hospital can boast of a complete financial turnaround. In this exclusive interview, Rudy  Braccili Jr., executive director of revenue cycle services, tells  FierceHealthFinance about   the reasons behind the hospital's new-found success.  

Aetna to close down its CarePass mobile platform

Aetna is closing the doors of its CarePass mobile platform--a unique mobile approach in the insurance industry that garnered widespread support and collaboration from mobile companies, including FitBit-- by the end of the year. It has abandoned all plans for the project.

More practices offer patient portals, but many patients don't know about them

Although more primary care physicians have patient portal systems, many patients don't know about them, according to a survey by TechnologyAdvice. 

Customer service: Small gestures can make big impact

Often when we talk about customer service and patient satisfaction, we focus on high-level issues, such as overall politeness of staff and convenient parking. But while these elements certainly matter to patients, seemingly small gestures can also impact patients' impression of your practice.

Blue Shield, Anthem of California bring health insurance into the 21st century

It's nice to see competitors working together for the good of the consumer. That's exactly what two of California's biggest insurers--Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross--did...

Patient-centered medical home model not one-size-fits-all

The patient-centered medical home is touted as a way to revitalize primary care in a post–Affordable Care Act world, but there isn't necessarily one best method for practices to adopt the model, according to a study published in the  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.