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New at HIMSS19: New focused communities help personalize Global Conference

HIMSS is debuting a new set of communities ahead of, during and after the HIMSS19 Global Conference. Called HIMSS Circles, they’re an opportunity for like-minded people to convene at the conference, get to know each other and learn together wha...

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Why Amazon has a big data analytics edge in primary care clinics

The latest twist in Amazon’s road into healthcare emerged with reports speculating that the company is building primary care clinics for its employees. And while Seattle-area medical groups and hospitals are likely wondering what that might mea...

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KLAS says Epic leading advanced analytics integration, others making progress

With hospitals and health systems looking to leverage analytics tools to channel firehoses of data into actionable insights and achievable improvement initiatives, there’s plenty of software from which to choose. And most of the vendors who dev...

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Optum secures a piece of $50 billion government IT contract

Optum, the health services and technology business of UnitedHealth Group, had two unrelated announcements this week on financial gain and environmental savings. The first involves the $50 billion available in the government-wide acquisition contract ...

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Johns Hopkins researchers use deep learning to combat pancreatic cancer

Only 7 percent of patients live five years after diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the lowest rate for any cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Elliot K. Fishman, MD, a researcher and radiologist at Johns Hopkins, is on the forefront of tr...

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HRSA to give $125 million to community health centers for IT-enabled quality improvement

The Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding $125 million in grants to 1,352 community health centers nationwide, seeking to bolster their technology infrastructure and ability to offer high-quality and affordable, primary care. The n...

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Maryland fails OIG security audit, potentially put Medicaid patient data at risk

Maryland's state house and capital in Annapolis. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General audit of Maryland’s Medicaid system found the state did not adequately secure its Medicaid Management Informatio...

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Best Buy acquires GreatCall for $800 million

Best Buy announced that it has acquired GreatCall for $800. GreatCall is an old guard digital health company that started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place i...

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Fax machines can be hacked to breach a network, using only its number

Credit: YouTube Check Point researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the ITU T.30 fax protocol that could be hacked to launch a cyberattack and gain access to a network. Security researchers have long bemoaned the use of fax machines, as th...

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Geisinger, Merck co-launch new FHIR-enabled patient apps

Geisinger and Merck have collaborated on a pair of new web-based applications, designed to make it easier to incorporate patient data into health systems' electronic health records for better care coordination, treatment and outcomes. One app, ca...

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Group purchasing organization builds cloud-based, AI-powered precision medicine app

Growth of the artificial intelligence market for healthcare is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2021, according to Accenture, and the combined deployment of key clinical health AI applications could potentially create $150 billion in annual savings ...

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Healthcare app economy is coming: Get ready for the dataquake

USDS Deputy Administrator Edward Hartwig speaking at the Blue Button 2.0 Conference in Washington, D.C. Before the Blue Button Developer Conference on Monday, I stepped inside the U.S. Digital Service for something of a pre-party. USDS hosted thi...

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