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ONC won't define info blocking, can't support EHR reporting program

James Cannatti, Senior Counselor For Health Information Technology, testifies at a congressional hearing Tuesday. Photo via senate.gov In his opening testimony today to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions, the Depart...

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OCR privacy chief steps down to work on Silicon Valley startup

Deven McGraw has left the ONC to work in the private sector. Photo via YouTube After more than two years at the helm of privacy for HHS Office for Civil Rights, Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy Deven McGraw has left the post for wor...

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So you want to be a HIMSS Social Media Ambassador

Our health information technology community is a special one. I joined the HIMSS family six years ago – it was my first major career opportunity in social media. Honestly, I had no idea what I was signing up for. Little did I know what would en...

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Carolinas HealthCare becomes latest health system to tap into Amazon’s Alexa

Carolinas HealthCare System patients can now use Amazon’s electronic personal assistant Alexa to locate the nearest urgent care and emergency department. Using Alexa, they can also get current wait times. “Carolinas HealthCare System is a...

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AI vs. COPD: Organizations bet on machine learning to improve lives

Jvion, maker of clinical predictive science technology, has announced a collaboration with the COPD Foundation, Geisinger and GSK aimed at improving the lives of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Through an approach that leverages cogni...

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5G is coming in 2019: Here's what hospitals should know about it

Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego. Photo via Wikipedia Last week, Qualcomm announced that it has created a working 5G chip and completed its first test of 5G connectivity on a mobile device. The news follows similar announcements from Ericsson a...

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Allscripts to VA: Look beyond EHR, fast-track interoperability

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, testifies at legislative hearing on Oct. 24. Photo via YouTube The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is heading in the right direction by replacing its legacy EHR with Cerner, but the agency will need to fast-tra...

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The next precision medicine breakthrough is about apps, not EHRs

Whatever may become the killer app for precision medicine might not be apparent just yet, but one thing is clear: The future of more personalized patient care is not in an EHR. I went into our HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Big Data and Analytics Forum...

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Improving Outcomes through Precision Medicine

  Today we are going to share some insights on one person’s journey to fight cancer on his own terms. This should drive home how technology can help improve outcomes through Precision Medicine. This may not be a familiar topic to many of ...

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Hospital for Special Surgery bullish on Docent Health, expands use

The Hospital for Special Surgery has expanded its relationship with Docent Health, maker of a patient care platform designed to ease patients through care events and integrate with other hospital information systems. The hospital is an original co-de...

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Ransomware attack calls unlikely hero to action: Your neighborhood HIE

On Sunday morning, April 9, at about 11 a.m., Daniel Porreca received the kind of text message no one wants: Erie County Medical Center’s IT department detected file-encrypting ransomware and shut down the hospital’s Meditech EHR, e-mail ...

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Meet ‘Meaningful Measures’, the initiative CMS says will reduce regulatory burden

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will take a new tack on quality measurement with Meaningful Measures, a new CMS initiative aimed at reducing the hoop-jumping required of healthcare providers, Administrator Seema Verma announced Monday....

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