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ONC blockchain winners

Vindell Washington, MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, said that the contest shows the potential for innovative ways to use Blockchain in healthcare. 

By Bill Siwicki 05:08 pm August 29, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said that the winners offer new uses for Blockchain digital technology to protect and exchange electronic health data in a secure fashion.
Trump doctor HIPAA

Harold Bornstein, MD, who has been Donald Trump’s doctor for 35 years, and his wife Melissa, who works in Bornstein’s office. Photo courtesy of Harold Bornstein.

By Mike Miliard 11:16 am August 29, 2016
Donald Trump's personal physician, Harold Bornstein, MD, attracted notice this past week for his letter touting the candidate's "astonishingly excellent" physical condition and claiming Trump  would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." He's also gained attention for the fact that his...
Physicians CAPP health IT

CAPP chairman Robert Pearl, MD, said that the health of our nation must be a top priority for either political party and modern technologies can enable that, but patients are not yet enjoying these benefits. 

By Bernie Monegain 09:33 am August 29, 2016
The top three things every candidate, from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to those seeking seats in the House and Senate, must know as they run for office, according to the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. 

Diana E. Bianchi, MD, is leaving Tufs Medical Center in Boston to lead NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

By Bernie Monegain 10:20 am August 26, 2016
Diana E. Bianchi, MD, is leaving Tufts Medical Center in Boston to lead NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

"Accountable Care Organization initiatives in Medicare continue to grow and achieve positive results in providing better care and health outcomes while spending taxpayer dollars more wisely," said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD.

By Susan Morse 09:59 am August 26, 2016
More than 400 Medicare ACOs generated some $466 million in savings, said Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on August 25. Of those, 125 qualified for shared savings payments by meeting quality performance standards.
By Beth Jones Sanborn 03:17 pm August 25, 2016
Physician practice professionals lean toward Hillary Clinton as the presidential candidate they plan to support, with 48 percent of respondents of an informal Aprima survey saying she would "most benefit" their practices, compared to 36 percent who prefer Donald Trump.
By Kaiser Health News 10:45 am August 25, 2016
In their professional journals, at conferences, on social media and healthcare blogs, and in comments to federal regulators, the nation's doctors are expressing growing anger and frustration about the changes MACRA will bring.
By Jessica Davis 10:44 am August 24, 2016
The wireless networks of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have "significant" vulnerabilities, according to penetration tests administered by the Office of Inspector General.

Steven Posnack, director of ONC's Office of Standards and Technology

By Mike Miliard 04:28 pm August 23, 2016
The catalog of standards and implementation specs for data exchange is evolving away from a static PDF and toward an interactive, wiki-style platform.
By Jessica Davis 03:30 pm August 22, 2016
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has awarded $2.6 million to DiaSorin – an Italy-based biotechnology company with offices in Stillwater, Minnesota – to further develop its Zika diagnostic tool.

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