By Jessica Davis 09:37 am May 13, 2016
IBM plans to launch a cloud-based version of Watson's cognitive computing technology, designed solely to zero in on cybersecurity language, as a part of a year-long research project, the company announced Tuesday.

Rural and small provider groups have "a bunch of angst right now," House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, told CMS Chief Andy Slavitt during testimony on MACRA this week.

By Susan Morse 09:26 am May 13, 2016
Implementation of MACRA will impact not only physicians, but also the hospitals with whom they partner, the American Hospital Association told Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS, and the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on Wednesday.
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By Tom Sullivan 05:10 pm May 12, 2016
A healthcare attorney spotlights big problems and offers advice on ways to navigate around the pitfalls, from cybersecurity insurance to HIPAA, social media to patient access. 
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By Bill Siwicki 04:18 pm May 12, 2016
The federal regulatory environment has not kept pace with the progress of mobile health, which is driven by consumers who expect to have all sorts of information, including health data, on their phones.

"We want to address the gap between current research findings and our ability to disseminate them into clinical care," said Barry Blumenfeld, MD, principal investigator on the project.

By Jessica Davis 03:48 pm May 12, 2016
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will dedicate nearly $2 million for the creation of the PCOR Clinical Decision Support Learning Network, aiming to address the barriers hindering the incorporation of patient-centered outcomes research into CDS tools.
By Bernie Monegain 11:24 am May 12, 2016
The HIMSS Innovation Center is presenting a display to Florence Nightingale on the anniversary of her birthday, May 12, which is also Nursing Informatics Awareness Day. She was born in 1820.

Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

By Bernie Monegain 11:00 am May 12, 2016
Nashville-based Ardent Health Services, which operates hospitals in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas, plans to unite all its hospitals and physician groups on an Epic Systems EHR platform.

As the ACO movement gains momentum, providers in both acute and post-acute sectors are looking for enhanced dialogue, because "they realize they aren't separate pieces of care anymore," says LaDonna Sweeten, managing director with Chicago-based Huron Healthcare's technology consulting practice.

By John Andrews 10:07 am May 12, 2016
After years of dwelling in the shadows of healthcare, the long-term and post-acute care industry may finally be ready to join its hospital colleagues in the IT spotlight.  

"Negligence – sloppy employee mistakes and unsecured devices – was a noted problem in the first years of this research and it continues," said Ponemon Institute founder Larry Ponemon. "New cyber-threats, such as ransomware, are exacerbating the problem."

By Bill Siwicki 08:31 pm May 11, 2016
Nearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced data breaches, and for the second year in a row criminal attacks are the leading cause of breaches in healthcare, according to the Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data.

Patricia Flatley Brennan surrounded by a room-sized, computer-generated version of a kitchen in the Living Environments Laboratory virtual reality CAVE at UW–Madison's Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. (Photo: Jeff Miller)


By Bernie Monegain 04:43 pm May 11, 2016
Patricia Flatley Brennan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a former practicing nurse with a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, will take the lead as director at the National Library of Medicine.

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