Regulating mHealth is a 'grey area'; New York medical center meets compliance mandates for mobile tech;

News From Around the Web

> Regulating mobile healthcare apps is a big grey area, given there's only federal guidance at this point and no hard and fast rules in place. The scenario poses a big challenge to software developers, writes Dell Chief Medical Officer Andrew Litt, M.D., in a guest post in ComputerWorld. Article

> A Rochester, New York-based medical center has devised a strategy for mobile tech security and meeting HIPAA compliance regulations that integrates network enforcement and firewall technology to provide data access based on the user and the user's device, according to an article in SC magazine. Article

Health IT News

> A new security risk assessment tool aimed to help healthcare providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The tool was first mentioned at a session during HIMSS14 in February. Article

> A data-sharing initiative among emergency departments in Washington reduced ER visits by Medicaid patients by 10 percent in the program's first year, according to a report from the Washington State Health Care Authority. Article

Health Payer News

> The rising healthcare costs in new private and public insurance exchanges are dramatically changing the health insurance landscape, according to (video) A.M. Best analysts. They point to a dramatic increase in national healthcare expenditures from 15 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2005 to 17 percent -18 percent this past year. By 2020, they expect it to reach between 19 percent and 20 percent. Article

And Finally… It's a bird, it's a frog, it's a spider. Article