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Meaningful use rules in OMB for review

4 hours 6 min ago

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has handed the baton to the Office of Management and Budget, as the rules for Stage 3 meaningful use and the modifications to Stage 2 inch closer to finalization.

The combined rules were delivered to OMB on September 3, the final step before publication.

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BlackBerry acquired Good Technology: What the deal means for healthcare

5 hours 48 min ago

BlackBerry has for more than a year now been trying to elbow its way into the healthcare market and doing so mostly via acquisitions.
That spending spree continued on Friday when the Canadian company revealed its intentions to buy Good Technology for $425 million in cash.

Good, a California-based developer of secure mobility solutions, bring a product portfolio including mobile device management, unified monitoring, app management and analytics.

Mobile

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Sony HIPAA breach lawsuit approaches settlement

5 hours 54 min ago

Plaintiffs who slapped Sony Pictures with a class action lawsuit after their detailed medical records were swiped in a cyberattack last November have finally reached an agreement on a proposed settlement.

In a September 2 court filing, attorneys for the former Sony employees who sued the entertainment giant, said the two parties had come to an "agreement in principle on the material terms of a proposed settlement."

Privacy & Security

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RCM company Emdeon to rebrand

6 hours 13 min ago

Emdeon, which bills itself as one of the largest, independent healthcare technology companies providing analytics, connectivity, communications, payments, consumer engagement and workflow optimization platforms, today announced that the company is rebranding.

It will begin its rebranding in the fourth quarter this year with a new name: "Change Healthcare."

Financial/Revenue Cycle Management

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Top 5 stories of summer 2015

7 hours 5 min ago

What with vacations over, schools back in session and daylight getting shorter by the day (even if summer has not yet officially ended), the holiday weekend offers a chance to take stock of what happened during the steamy season.

Analytics

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Cerner lands 2 new EHR gigs

7 hours 16 min ago

Still basking in the glow of its recent $4.3 billion Department of Defense contract win, Cerner showed this week that smaller and midsize projects also continue to be part of the company's repertoire.
   

Electronic Health Records

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NIH funds research to integrate genomics into EHRs

7 hours 32 min ago

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded grants totaling more than $30 million to 12 universities, hospitals and medical groups to pursue research projects that tie DNA sequence information into electronic medical records.

Electronic Health Records

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PE firm buys majority stake in MedeAnalytics

7 hours 46 min ago

MedeAnalytics, which develops cloud-based clinical and business intelligence tools, has sold a majority stake to private equity firm Thoma Bravo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed

Analytics

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How one health system saves $90,000 per patient

9 hours 9 sec ago

So many mobile, telehealth and remote monitoring technologies today are long on promise but short on proof – so it's worth taking stock when one pays off in a substantive fashion.

Mobile

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AHRQ offers patient safety grants

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:51

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering a series of grants of up to $1.5 million for research projects that examine patient safety in ambulatory care and long-term facilities.

The purpose of the initiative is to develop strategies for improving care delivery in these settings and developing tools to implement those tactics, the agency said in its announcement.

Quality and Safety

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Voalté raises $17M to fuel growth

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:46

Voalté, a provider of healthcare communication technology, has a $17 million cash infusion from Ascension Ventures, Cerner Capital, an affiliate of EHR giant Cerner, and Bedford Funding.

The Series D round of funding closed on July 27, 2015, bringing the total capital Voalté has raised to nearly $60 million in three years.

Workflow

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Epic, athenahealth grow with zero losses

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 09:56

Epic, Cerner and athenahealth were the only EHR vendors to post a gain in market in 2014. Morevover, competitors Epic and athenahealth alone held fast to their market share in 2014.

Electronic Health Records

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Microsoft appears to be building malware detonation service

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 09:14

Reports are swirling that Microsoft is building a security platform-as-a-service.

Dubbed "Sonar," the plan was essentially leaked via a job listing on the Microsoft Careers Website.

"The Sonar team builds and operates a malware detonation platform-as-a-service," the posting explained. 

Privacy & Security

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Barry Caplin: "CISOs are from Mars, CIOs are from Venus"

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 08:35
Short Headline:  Barry Caplin on CIOs and CISOs

Barry Caplin sits down with Healthcare IT News Editor Mike Miliard to discuss the often contentious yet critical relationship between CISOs and CIOs in healthcare organizations, the topic of his presentation at the 2015 Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago.

 

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Thumbnail:  Barry Caplin: "CISOs are from Mars, CIOs are from Venus" Barry Caplin sits down with Healthcare IT News Editor Mike Miliard to discuss the often contentious yet critical relationship between CSOs and CIOs in healthcare organizations, the topic of his presentation at the 2015 Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago. Healthcare IT News video/barry-caplin-cisos-are-mars-cios-are-venus

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ONC yanks certification for two EHR products

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 08:28

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced Wednesday that two pieces of electronic health record software have had their certifications revoked, meaning providers can no longer use them to attest to meaningful use.

Electronic Health Records

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NQF CEO urges better quality measures

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:59

National Quality Forum CEO Christine Cassel, MD, outlines a "path forward" for healthcare quality measurement in a commentary published Sept. 1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cassel recommends actions that healthcare stakeholders can take to support timely, accurate and meaningful metrics of healthcare quality.

Quality and Safety

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Oncology group slapped with $750K HIPAA fine

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:59

Healthcare security folks, listen up: Failing to encrypt portable devices and laptops containing patient data could result in a serious HIPAA fine, as one Indiana-based health group can now attest to.

Cancer Care Group, a large radiation oncology practice in Indianapolis, is reevaluating its privacy and security practices after it was slapped with a $750,000 HIPAA settlement from the Department of Health and Human Services. It agreed to pay the sum to settle alleged HIPAA violations involving a breach that occurred three years ago.

Privacy & Security

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What will DoD-Cerner mean for EHR ROI?

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:36

The landmark Department of Defense contract awarded to Cerner and Leidos will have a big effect on how private-sector health systems gauge the worth of electronic health record systems, a new report from IDC Health Insights suggests.

Electronic Health Records

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FDA clears new stethoscope for new age

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:19

The FDA has cleared Eko Core, a digital stethoscope designed by medical devices startup Eko Devices. Company founders call Eko Core "a next-generation" stethoscope – billed as the only one on the market to wirelessly stream heart sounds to a HIPAA-compliant smartphone app. It is also the first to integrate heart sounds directly into the patient's EHR.

Medical Devices

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The untapped world of healthcare customer engagement

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:40
An untapped world of customer engagement

Ever since consumerism hit healthcare, the oft quoted objective is to give consumers the same kind of personalized experiences they have in other consumer-focused industries. Retail and financial services companies have gotten so good at this that they regularly provide personalized recommendations and interactions that are just short of eerie.

Patient Engagement The untapped world of healthcare customer engagement While healthcare has made progress in adopting digital age customer service practices, there exists a much larger and more significant opportunity: care and health management. Healthcare IT News blog/untapped-world-healthcare-customer-engagement

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