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Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr. 

By Mike Miliard 01:19 pm December 28, 2016
Here are some of the most popular stories of the past year – and a few that were emblematic of the momentous trends that shaped healthcare information technology in 2016.

"Today’s post-market guidance recognizes today’s reality: Cybersecurity threats are real, ever-present and continuously changing," said Suzanne B. Schwartz, MD, the FDA’s associate director for science and strategic partnerships. (Photo:

By Jessica Davis 11:39 am December 28, 2016
On Dec. 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final guidance addressing the cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, outlining how manufacturers should maintain security of internet-connected devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps.
HHS behavioral health

HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Kana Enomoto

By Bernie Monegain 09:42 am December 28, 2016
Health and Human Services’ goal is to integrate behavioral health with physical health, engage communities, and evaluate the programs based on 21 quality measures.
DirectTrust Trump EHR interoperability

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe urged the Trump administration to keep the momenmum in healthcare innovation alive. 

By Mike Miliard 01:15 pm December 27, 2016
Starting with ONC leadership, the Trump team should seek to hold the gains in electronic health record adoption and interoperability, the group says.
Trump cyber Tom Bossert

Tom Bossert

By Jessica Davis 12:12 pm December 27, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump selected Tom Bossert as White House homeland security and counterterrorism advisor - and elevated the position as an assistant to the president, the incoming administration announced Dec. 27.
HIMSS17 quality value-based care
By Jack McCarthy 07:41 am December 27, 2016
The day-long pre-conference symposium will focus on developing IT-enabled workflows to meet CMS inpatient quality requirements.
ACA replacement pay taxes

Paul Ryan said the reason for repealing Obamacare is to relieve Americans, not make things worse. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

By Kaiser Health News 06:49 am December 27, 2016
Party leaders have sworn to overturn the Affordable Care Act without causing harm to Americans that have benefits. The problem? Paying for a replacement to the health reform law if ACA taxes go away. 
HIMSS17 Social Media Matt Fisher
By Tom Sullivan 07:08 am December 22, 2016
Fisher discusses his pet peeves, what he’s hoping to see at HIMSS, and reveals his health IT hero. That last one might surprise you. 

Vindell Washington, MD

By Mike Miliard 11:20 am December 21, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for IT released its Interoperability Standards Advisory for 2017, collecting essential standards and implementation specifications for technology developers and clinicians to know.
By Mike Miliard 09:57 am December 21, 2016
CMS says it will reduce reimbursements to the providers that don't meet meaningful use by as much as 3 percent.

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