Government & Policy

Blockchain and healthcare privacy laws

Attorney Sharon Klein at the law firm Pepper Hamilton, along with Joe Guagliardo, who chairs the Blockchain Technology Group at the firm, have been looking at blockchain's implications for healthcare for more than a year.

By Mike Miliard 10:31 am May 03, 2017
Leaders are intrigued by the digital ledger technology's potential, but intrigue alone won’t get it past regulations.
American Technology Council
By Bill Siwicki 03:13 pm May 02, 2017
American Technology Council created because “Americans deserve better digital services from their government,” Trump says.
ONC algorithm challenge

Steven Posnack, director of ONC's Office of Standards and Technology, has launched the challenge because of the need to innovative algorithms and performance benchmarks to address one of the biggest interoperability problems in healthcare today.

By Tom Sullivan 01:22 pm May 02, 2017
But Intermountain CIO says the federal agency should focus on standards first.
By Bernie Monegain 11:15 am May 02, 2017
Institute says study has potential to answer an important question about traumatic brain injury and fill a crucial evidence gap.
 Abbott creates mobile test for traumatic brain injury
By Tom Sullivan 03:49 pm May 01, 2017
The latest project builds on Abbott’s ongoing development of tests clinicians can use with mobile devices.  
Partners and Indiana University pay millions to settle fraud

Brigham and Women’s Hospital “has made significant enhancements to research integrity compliance protocols as a result of this event,” a hospital spokesperson told the Boston Business Journal. 

By Bill Siwicki 03:35 pm May 01, 2017
Partners and Indiana University have reached multimillion dollar settlements with the DOJ over allegedly fraudulent grant funding, False Claims Act violations.
healthcare bill no guarantee of cost-sharing reduction payments
By Susan Morse 03:08 pm May 01, 2017
Bill gives no guarantee of funding for cost-sharing reduction payments, viewed by insurers as crucial to stabilizing ACA premiums.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo by Dwight Burdette, Wikimedia Commons 

By Jessica Davis 01:51 pm May 01, 2017
The initiative will leverage artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and data from the VA and other federal resources to develop better treatments and preventative care for veterans.
ONC interoperability standards
By Mike Miliard 11:57 am May 01, 2017
New framework aims to track usage data on standardized data exchange progress.
Trump policy HIPAA fines
By Mike Miliard 04:28 pm April 28, 2017
Pamela Hepp predicts that Congress will not ultimately repeal the ACA. But even as Republicans look to shrink government, they are historically strong on enforcement -- and HIPAA will not be an exception.

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