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By Jessica Davis 04:29 pm September 29, 2016
On Wednesday, Congress approved $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus in a short-term spending bill. In doing so, it's sidestepped a government shutdown.

There were 2.1 million fewer patients harmed, 87,000 lives saved and nearly $20 billion in cost-savings from 2010 to 2014, said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD, "and we are focused on accelerating improvement efforts."

By Bernie Monegain 04:12 pm September 29, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded $347 million to 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, quality improvement organizations and health systems to continue efforts in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.
DDoS IoT devices
By Mike Miliard 03:50 pm September 29, 2016
Security expert says these types of attacks are likely to become more common. EHRs and other hospital IT systems could face dramatic new risks.
population health HIMSS Analytics
By Bill Siwicki 01:27 pm September 29, 2016
Healthcare organizations are using electronic health records, patient portals, patient engagement systems and telemedicine tech to boost specific styles of population health initiatives, HIMSS Analytics said.
Direct messaging Nemours
By Mike Miliard 01:12 pm September 29, 2016
Nemours shares lessons from its success using the Direct protocol, including a look at common message types. The takeaway: this still-underused method of health data exchange has considerable potential.
National Health IT Week 2016

Geeta Nayyar, MD of Femwell Group Health and Tamara StClaire of Xerox. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:13 am September 29, 2016
Experts discuss gender disparities, the need for transparency and the promise of better collaboration among women in HIT.
HHS medical bill

RadNet won for the easiest bill to understand, with one HHS says is "as concise as possible."

By Mike Miliard 10:52 am September 29, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, choosing from more than 80 submissions, has awarded two prizes for new designs of the medical bill.

Melinda Gates is expanding her philanthropy work with a new initiative to bring more women around the world into technology careers.

By Bernie Monegain 05:48 am September 29, 2016
Philanthropist Melinda Gates is launching a new initiative aimed at bringing more women into technology.
Aetna Apple Watch
By 04:43 pm September 28, 2016
The health insurer also said it will integrate Apple’s device with its own care management and wellness tools, and arm 50,000 of its own employees with Apple’s device. 
HHS health data flow
By Bill Siwicki 01:58 pm September 28, 2016
Seven organizations will split the funds in multiple efforts to use health IT for projects ranging from a patient-centered data model to interoperable, bi-directional behavioral health data exchange.

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