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Oculus rift
By Mike Miliard 02:39 pm August 07, 2014
Virtual reality is nothing new, of course. It's been around in various forms since the 1980s. But an emerging technology called Oculus Rift has many people excited about a new era for the concept -- and its potential applications in healthcare.
Doctor and patient with EHR
By Tom Sullivan 01:45 pm August 07, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported a new batch of meaningful use attestation numbers on Wednesday, showing a modest improvement over the disappointing rates that were reported in July.
Emotiv
By Mike Miliard 03:25 pm August 06, 2014
In a project that could be a boon for ALS patients, and potentially others with neurodegenerative conditions, Philips and Accenture have developed proof-of-concept technology that enables users to control devices using brainwaves.
By Mike Miliard 02:42 pm August 06, 2014
M*Modal, which develops voice recognition and clinical documentation technology, has completed its financial restructuring and has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Photo: Surber, 2009, Flickr
By Erin McCann 02:15 pm August 06, 2014
One of the largest electronic medical record companies recently announced it had inked an agreement to acquire Siemens' health IT business unit, Siemens Health Services, for $1.3 billion in cash.
Jim Routh
By Erin McCann 11:58 am August 06, 2014
There's been a lot of talk about compliance lately. Federal and state regulations. HIPAA regulations. But, if you're in charge of healthcare security, compliance is far from sufficient, says Jim Routh, chief information security officer for Aetna, one of the nation's leading diversified healthcare benefits companies.
Susan DeVore
By Mike Miliard 03:15 pm August 05, 2014
Premier Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement to acquire Salt Lake City-based TheraDoc, a Hospira subsidiary that develops clinical surveillance technology, for $117 million in cash.
Illustration of shield and computer code
By Erin McCann 03:02 pm August 05, 2014
ONC's electronic health record certification process has some serious shortcomings -- chief among them security practices that are wholly insufficient to adequately protect patient health information, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.
Man holidng lightbulb with sprout inside
By Mike Miliard 02:30 pm August 05, 2014
Healthcare technology is hot stuff, with startups and investors from Silicon Valley to the Charles River chasing after the next paradigm-shifting blockbuster innovation. Each passing quarter sees an ever-increasing tally of eager rounds of funding. But what will be the lasting impact of some of these products?
Cut costs
By Richard Pizzi 01:55 pm August 05, 2014
Business intelligence has been a popular catchphrase across healthcare in recent years, often touted as a quick cure for inefficient business or clinical processes. BI is not a panacea, but when approached in a smart and targeted way it can translate raw data into actionable knowledge and help cut hospital costs.

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