Government & Policy

Obama public healthcare
By Susan Morse 09:23 am July 13, 2016
Obama wrote that Congress should revisit the idea of building a more affordable public healthcare plan for citizens living in regions with few other options to save the federal government money and improve care. 

"One of the biggest current threats to health information privacy is the serious compromise of the integrity and availability of data caused by malicious cyberattacks on electronic health information systems, such as through ransomware," said OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels.

By Jessica Davis 11:18 am July 12, 2016
Its advice includes ways to prevent and contain malware threats; OCR officials stress that these viruses are considered security incidents under HIPAA.

Patrick Conway, MD, chief medical officer of CMS, says extending the Diabetes Prevention Program into Medicare would be a boon for population health.

By Bernie Monegain 09:54 am July 11, 2016
In a boost for population health, the move would keep focus on prevention, wellness and chronic disease management.
By Jessica Davis 03:50 pm July 08, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services has named Beth Killoran its new chief information officer, HHS Acting Deputy Secretary Mary K. Wakefield announced July 8.
ONC blockchain
By Mike Miliard 11:31 am July 08, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is looking for ways that blockchain could be put to work in healthcare scenarios.
Cerner EHR DoD
By Tom Sullivan 10:09 am July 08, 2016
The latest wrinkle in the DoD’s mammoth EHR modernization project concerns EHR maker Cerner hosting patient data and applying analytics to it. 
By Jessica Davis 12:05 pm July 07, 2016
Proposed legislation would elevate Health and Human Services' CISO from its current position under the CIO. Whether it passes or not, the notion is raising questions about typical reporting structures in the healthcare C-suite.
NIH Vanderbilt Precision Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will serve as the Data and Research Support Center for the NIH’s PMI Cohort Program.

By Jessica Davis 11:02 am July 07, 2016
The National Institutes of Health awarded $71.6 million over five years to Vanderbilt for establishing and operating the Data and Research Support Center.
CMS EHR CPOE quality reporting

Acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt said the new proposals are designed to improve patient experience and outcomes.

By Bernie Monegain 10:21 am July 07, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urges Congress to institute more flexibility for quality reporting and eliminate clinical decision support and computerized provider order entry measures for eligible hospitals.
VA commercial EHR VistA
By Jessica Davis 04:01 pm July 06, 2016
A report published by the Commission on Care requests major funding from Congress to replace the proprietary VistA EHR, among its list of 18 recommendations.

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