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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.Meaningful Use
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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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