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NHS launches healthcare finance innovation initiative

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+ have issued a call for expressions of interest to identify innovative solutions that could streamline financial operations, open until Sept. 2. Part of the charity’s inno...

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Piedmont Athens Regional goes live with Epic EHR

Credit: Google Maps Georgia-based Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has gone live with its new Epic electronic health record, following a year and a half of prep work that including the training some 5,000 clinicians and hospital staffers f...

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Dell Medical School builds data hub to speed healthcare innovation

Credit: Dell Medical School on Twitter Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin announced its new Biomedical Data Science Hub to help solve an array of complex clinical challenges. At Dell Med, scientists curate health d...

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Telemedicine vendor breaches the data of 2.4 million patients in Mexico

The personal data of 2,373,764 patients was left exposed online after Hova Health, a telemedicine company based in Mexico, misconfigured a MongoDB database. Security researcher Bob Diachecko made the discovery using the Shodan.io search engine, ...

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Cybersecurity pros share countermeasures for protecting against insider threats

Several years back, Memorial Healthcare System in Florida was attacked from within. Two employees accessed the protected health information of more than 115,000 patients, stealing the patient data. That breach led Memorial to completely revamp its se...

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FirstNet helps ensure emergency medical communications during a really big disaster – and every day

First responders are accustomed to making the best of dire situations, in the field. For decades, they coordinated response efforts via two-way radios tethered to their trucks, which was far from ideal. Today, first responders have realized that ther...

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Think tank urges social media sites to address mental health of young people

Tech companies could take further action to address rising concerns over cyberbullying and the impact of social media on the mental health of children and young people, the government has said. In its response to a report from the Commons education a...

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See the 475 healthcare facilities that achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 EMRAM in July

A grand total of 475 healthcare facilities earned HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 6 in July, while another three achieved Stage 7. It’s worth noting that individual health systems commonly validate multiple, if not numerous, sites as was the case w...

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CMS to host Blue Button 2.0 conference

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will host the Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference to bring government and industry to work together to fuel innovation. During a forum on Monday hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Heal...

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CMS Administrator Seema Verma calls for an end to physician fax machines by 2020

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are working together to realize a shared vision for a health ecosystem that sees the free flow of information between patient,...

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Healthcare cybersecurity is in a rut, and hackers keep swinging

The number of breached patient records has declined from 100 million in 2015 to just 5 million in 2017, according to a recent Symantec report. But don’t take that at as good news: 10 percent more organizations reported a breach in 2017 than the...

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Move over risk scores, what healthcare needs now is Risk Science

“What’s their risk score?” That’s a natural question to ask when a discussion arises concerning patient risk. Unfortunately, it’s also how most conversations both start and finish. The idea is that a single score so...

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