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NextFlex invests $12 million into health monitoring systems, other innovations

Credit: Facebook San Jose, California-based NextFlex announced that it is investing $12 million to take on seven initiatives, three of which are healthcare-specific, as part of its Project Call 3.0 to fuel development of flexible hybrid elec...

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eClinicalWorks fined $132,500 by HHS OIG for patient safety risk

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General fined eClinicalWorks $132,550 for failing to report patient safety issues with its EHR to regulators in a specific timeframe, violating the agreement with the Department of ...

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Microsoft reveals $4 million worldwide competition for women entrepreneurs

Microsoft’s venture fund announced it would work to speed funding for women-led startups with a particular focus on emerging enterprise technology companies with a $4 million venture funding prize going to just two winners.  Women entrepre...

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Microsoft files patent application for eyeglasses that gauge blood pressure

Microsoft patent application. Credit: WIPO Microsoft filed a patent for an eyeglass monitor capable of tracking blood pressure called Glabella, that is designed to be easier to use and more accurate than a traditional inflatable cuff. Microsoft&r...

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HIMSS makes new appointments to its boards of directors

HIMSS named four officers to its Enterprise Board of Directors. From left: Manish Kohli, MD, Dana Alexander, RN, Christopher Ross and Henning Schneider HIMSS, the parent organization of Healthcare IT News, has named several health and technology ...

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HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum to focus on business continuity, breach response

Theresa Payton will keynote the two-day event in Boston in October. Despite constant warnings and routine breach reports, the healthcare sector continues to struggle with some of the security basics: patch management, funding, network segmentatio...

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Trump nominates EY cybersecurity exec as new VA CIO

President Donald Trump nominated James Paul Gfrerer as Department of Veterans Affairs assistant secretary for information and technology late Friday. Currently, Gfrerer serves as an executive director with Ernst and Young, with a focus on cybersecuri...

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ECRI lays down 3 steps to close patient safety loop for diagnostic testing

ECRI Institute’s Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety identified ways technology can reduce and eliminate errors from diagnostic testing and medication mix-ups. WIth the goal of lowering risk and harm while working to improve patient s...

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Biometrics entering a new era in healthcare

Biometrics technologies such as fingerprint scanners, palm vein readers, facial recognition tech, iris scanners and others, have long held promise to tighten up identification of patients and employees. This would help reliably verify that patients a...

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HIMSS Connected Health Conference to focus on the human element of digital tech

David Asch, MD, speaking at the Digital and Personal Connected Health conference at HIMSS18. As more and more hospitals are deploying a range of smart and connected technologies to improve care and efficiency, it's increasingly important to p...

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Big data and predictive analytics pull in smokers for lung screening

Credit: Twitter Early detection is key in preventing severe problems associated with lung cancer. In fact, when using low-dose computed tomography imaging, more than 80 percent of lung cancers have a chance to be cured when detected at an early s...

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Texas Hospital Association pilots tech giving view of inpatient, outpatient opioids

A screenshot of prescription drug monitoring tech. Credit: Illumicare.com Prescription drug monitoring programs offer a valuable safeguard against overprescription of opioids, but they aren't perfect. A new technology being piloted at hospita...

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