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HHS opioid crisis

CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, said that states are on the frontline in preventing prescription opioid overdoses.

By Bernie Monegain 09:15 am August 31, 2016
The money will help states improve data collection and analysis to better understand how to prevent opioid abuse, curb deaths and treat addiction.
Affordable Care Act disparities
By Jack McCarthy 08:55 am August 31, 2016
The progress Obamacare has made so far is encouraging, but access problems remain, particularly among low-income Hispanics and African-Americans, researchers said. 
EpiPen Mylan half price
By Jeff Lagasse 02:36 pm August 30, 2016
The new option is "an extraordinary commercial response" following rising backlash from the public and lawmakers, according to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch.
Cerner 3M population health

JaeLynn WIlliams, President of 3M Health Information Systems, said the combined software can enable individual clinicians to work as a team. 

By Mike Miliard 11:07 am August 30, 2016
The companies said that Cerner’s HealtheIntent platform will use 3M's grouping methodology to help customers manage both care and costs.
Hillary Clinton telehealth

Hillary Clinton promised to adjust payment systems to reimburse doctors and hospitals for telepyschiatry and other telemedicine services. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:50 am August 30, 2016
Clinton promises to adjust payment systems for telepsychiatry and other services, increase funding for research into brain science and PTSD, and to study suicide prevention.
By Jessica Davis 10:49 am August 30, 2016
A recent Cybersecurity Ventures report, sponsored by security firm Herjavec Group, also found global cybersecurity defense costs will exceed $1 trillion over the next five years.
St. Jude Muddy Waters MedSec
By Jack McCarthy 10:19 am August 30, 2016
A theory emerges that the investment and cybersecurity research firms withheld information from St. Jude to short-sell stocks and profit from the bad news about the security of its pacemakers and heart devices. 
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.
AMA geospatial mapping
By Bill Siwicki 03:58 pm August 29, 2016
The new Population Health Explorer feature can show hospital executives and physicians where specific healthcare services are needed most.
By Jessica Davis 03:23 pm August 29, 2016
Cloud-based IT developer athenahealth announced Aug. 29 that it has acquired the care coordination platform Patient IO to expand the company's focus on patient-centered care.

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