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A new bill would connect primary care physicians in underserved areas with specialists at academic hubs, "making it easier for medical professionals to access the continuing education they need and provide health care to more people," said Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii.

By Bernie Monegain 10:41 am May 02, 2016
Project ECHO, a health IT pilot that launched in 2003 in rural New Mexico to connect rural doctors to specialists, is now front and center in Congress as lawmakers consider employing the model across the country.
By Kaiser Health News 10:38 am May 02, 2016
The sheer number and variety of providers that patients see after leaving a hospital make medical mistakes and poor transitions in care all too common today. 

Andrew Bindman, MD

By Bernie Monegain 04:33 pm April 29, 2016
Andrew Bindman, MD, will take the helm at the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ is charged with finding ways to improve healthcare by making it more accessible, affordable, equitable – and safer.

"The initial test phase with Twist demonstrated that we could encode and recover 100 percent of the digital data from synthetic DNA," said Microsoft's Doug Carmean.

By Mike Miliard 04:24 pm April 29, 2016
Microsoft purchased 10 million long oligonucleotides – DNA or RNA molecules used for genetic testing and research – from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience, and is using them to encode digital data.
By Sherree Geyer 11:54 am April 29, 2016
Michael Middleton, MD, credits online patient portals with helping him grow his Orlando, Florida-based pediatric practice more than three-fold in two-and-a-half years – while keeping staff cost increases at 20 percent.

Senators John Thune, R-South Dakota

By Mike Miliard 11:23 am April 29, 2016
A group of Republican senators who have been looking to "reboot" meaningful us since 2013 released new draft legislation this week they say aims to make the incentive program work better for providers and taxpayers.

An example of the USB drive sent by ADA to its members. (Photo: Krebs on Security)

By Jessica Davis 10:58 am April 29, 2016
The American Dental Association unwittingly sent malware-infected USB thumb drives to dental offices nationwide, the ADA confirmed today.

Eighty-seven percent of financially struggling hospitals now regret changing their EHR systems, according to a new Black Book survey.

By Bernie Monegain 10:34 am April 29, 2016
Four years after what Black Book calls the "replacement frenzy," a recent survey from the market research firm indicates that 87 percent of financially struggling hospitals now regret changing their EHR systems.

Neal Singh

By Mike Miliard 10:02 am April 29, 2016
Population health IT developer Caradigm named its new CEO on Thursday, promoting its chief technology officer Neal Singh to the executive role.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has "made significant improvements by recasting the EHR meaningful use program and by reducing quality reporting burdens," said AMA President Steven Stack, MD.

By Mike Miliard 11:48 am April 28, 2016
On Twitter, former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, called it the "most substantive change to how healthcare is paid for in a couple of decades."

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