"I am a science geek, and I don't make any apologies for it," said President Barack Obama (here launching the Precision Medicine Initiative in 2015) at the White House Frontiers Conference on Oct. 13.

By Jessica Davis 12:56 pm October 14, 2016
The president, along with researchers and scientists, explored the ways technology will improve healthcare and other industries at the day-long conference on Thursday.
ONC accountability transparency
By Bernie Monegain 10:42 am October 14, 2016
Final rule enables ONC to better support physicians and hospitals amid the rapid pace of innovation in the health information technology market.
CMS MACRA final rule
By Henry Powderly 09:53 am October 14, 2016
New rule brings flexibility, institutes two payment tracks, and makes 2017 a transition year. 
By Bill Siwicki 07:07 am October 14, 2016
Healthcare IT News asks HIT professionals to take part in an important new survey that will study the place of EHRs, cybersecurity, population health, Big Data and more in the year ahead.  
Health data breaches Protenus
By Bill Siwicki 07:03 am October 14, 2016
Some 118 security incidents were either reported to the Department of Health and Human Services or first disclosed in the media in Q3 2016, compared with 89 in Q2 and 63 in Q1, a Protenus report finds.
health concierge Accolade CTO

Accolade's new Chief Technology Officer, Harish Naidu, said the company wants to expand its concierge services to millions of people. 

By Bernie Monegain 06:56 am October 14, 2016
The Seattle-based company, which aims to re-engineer how consumers manage their care’ also brought on a vice president of product management to advance its platform.
NIH brain neural dust
By Bernie Monegain 11:57 am October 13, 2016
New National Institutes of Health funding will go toward neural dust, autism, Alzheimer’s, stroke and brain-related conditions.
Precision Medicine Geisinger Partners

Eric Dishman, director of the PMI Cohort Program, wants to recruit a million people for precision medicine.

By Bernie Monegain 11:42 am October 13, 2016
The National Institutes invests a new $5.5 million to start recruitment and build the infrastructure.
States Medicaid expansion

Credit: US Department of Agriculture via Flickr. 

By Kaiser Health News 10:39 am October 13, 2016
U.S. States are finding the need to stretch dollars as part of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Such strategies include hiring private managed care companies, shifting long-term care services to community settings and restricting use of expensive prescription drugs. 
WHO excise population health jobs

Source: Marlith via Wikipedia. 

By Jeff Lagasse 09:41 am October 13, 2016
The World Health Organization highlighted the upsides of taxing sugary drinks or unhealthy foods and, while healthier populations are an important part, the benefits also include increased government revenue and new jobs. 

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