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VA VistA EHR mHealth
By Jonah Comstock 09:22 am June 23, 2016
Inspector General found that Veterans Affairs used money allocated for medical services to build a suite of mHealth apps and enhance its electronic health record, in a preliminary and thus far unpublished report.
Trend Micro ransomware

New software on the market is designed to help organizations avoid and eradicate ransomware. Photo: Wikimedia

By Tom Sullivan 07:56 am June 23, 2016
New software and services are tailored for ransom attacks. Will more security vendors follow suit or build anti-ransomware functionality into existing malware tools? 
Medicare Fraud Strike Force

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By Jeff Lagasse 03:42 pm June 22, 2016
The defendants, 61 of them clinicians, are being charged with various crimes, including conspiracy, violations of anti-kickback statutes, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.
IBM Watson cognitive computing
By Bernie Monegain 03:15 pm June 22, 2016
The supercomputer will be used to mine insights from ‘previously invisible’ unstructured imaging data and combine it with other information to make personalized care decisions that also impact broader patient populations.

"As the Human Genome Project has ushered in a new era in precision medicine, the Human Vaccines Project has the potential to enable a new era of vaccine and immunotherapeutic development against some of the world's most pressing diseases."

By Jessica Davis 10:58 am June 22, 2016
Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center have begun recruiting volunteers to participate in a clinical trial that will decode the immune system through the immunome – the genetic backbone of the immune system.
Facebook consumer engagement

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By Jack McCarthy 10:36 am June 22, 2016
Healthcare and other industries are on the cusp of a new age of enlightened consumers that recognize the value of sharing data to foster innovations otherwise not possible.
By Bernie Monegain 10:34 am June 22, 2016
Google, the world's most used search engine, is partnering with two of the world's leading health organizations to take the confusion out of symptom searching.
FBI CISO endpoint security

Former FBI special agent Chris Tarbell, who infiltrated Anonymous and Silk Road, recommends that hospitals draw a map of their IT topology to more effectively secure endpoint and mobile devices.

By Chuck Green 09:16 am June 22, 2016
Protecting the perimeter and safeguarding against phishing attacks don’t have to cost a fortune, according to one cybersecurity investigator and a CISO, if you plan carefully and spend wisely.
Robert Wood Johnson spending $2.6 trillion

It now appears that President Barack Obama's signature piece of legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is reducing healthcare spending by more than originally anticipated. 

By Jeff Lagasse 02:55 pm June 21, 2016
The nonprofit credits Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as reducing spending by $1 trillion, while Medicare and private health spending estimates are also lower. 
By Kaiser Health News 02:13 pm June 21, 2016
More and more organizations are harnessing kiosks as a venue for less expensive and more accessible care but it remains unclear whether they can achieve similar results with existing personal devices. 

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