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NIH team to help shape Precision Medicine Initiative

A newly former working group of the advisory committee to the National Institutes of Health Director will consist of precision medicine experts who will seek public input on the development of the President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.

Premera hit with five class action lawsuits

The nightmare isn't over for Premera, as five class action lawsuits have been filed against the health insurer as a result of a 2014 cyberattack. 

Telemedicine doesn't speed stroke evaluations

Assessment for stroke took slightly longer using robotic telepresence, but this option still could be effective when the hospital has no vascular neurologist on site, according to research published at Telemedicine and e-Health.

Google, Johnson & Johnson take on surgical robots

Google and Johnson & Johnson device company Ethicon are teaming up to create robots to assist surgeons.

What libraries can teach healthcare about interoperability

The healthcare industry should turn to libraries to learn how to share information, according to Charis Anne Baz Takaro, a project/policy analyst at University Health Services at the University of California, Berkeley.

Technology plays 'supporting role' in optimal patient experience, survey finds

Most people view technology as an enhancement to healthcare, but still consider the doctor-patient relationship as the most important aspect of a satisfying patient experience, according to a new survey.

How ICD-10 could ease reimbursement efforts

While preparing for ICD-10 should include actively protecting your organization's revenue stream, the new code set almost certainly will make some aspects of reimbursement easier, according to Pam Jodock, HIMSS senior director of health business solutions.

Information technology's impact on hospital C-suite growth

The C-suite is growing at healthcare provider organizations as technology requires the creation of new leadership positions--from chief technology officer to chief information security officers.

Reading Health System shrinks IT division following EHR installation

Thirty-three employees in Reading Health System's IT division will be laid off, according to the Reading Eagle.

'Bolted on' cybersecurity: Not enough for healthcare providers

All too often, cybersecurity is treated as a feature that can be added on to healthcare technology as a separate entity, when instead, it should be built into such tools, according to health IT analyst Shahid Shah.

Radiology's future: 'Whoever has the best data wins'

Radiologists need to plan for a future where "whoever has the best data wins," according to an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

How 3 providers benefit from telemedicine

With stronger network connectivity and enhanced technologies, telemedicine is paving the way for a new approach to care--and many providers are already seeing the benefits of the tool.

Data's role in building effective learning health systems

Data is the key element in turning public health agencies into learning public health systems that can work to improve population health, according to a paper published this week in eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

The case for expanding API use in healthcare

While the both proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and the accompanying certification rule emphasize the use of application programming interfaces for sharing health information with patients, that outlined proposal doesn't go far enough, according to Ashish Jha, a professor of international health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Employees keep Boston Children's running when EHR shuts down

Boston Children's Hospital was without its electronic health record system for close to a week after a hardware issue caused it to shut down.

Cyberthreats heavy on the minds of health provider, insurer technology execs

CIOs and chief information security officers must develop myriad innovations and approaches to outwit "the wolves at their cyberdoor," according to the 2015 IT Priorities Survey by Protiviti, a risk and business consulting firm.

PCORnet project to engage health systems

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced $5 million in funding for a project to demonstrate the ability of its "network of networks," known as PCORnet, to engage health system leaders and clinicians to conduct relevant research.

States team up to investigate Premera breach

Insurance commissioners from Washington state, Oregon and Alaska are joining together to investigate the cyberattack that compromised the information of 11 million Premera customers.

Data sharing, information technology key to new White House care initiative

Information technology and the interoperability of electronic patient data will be critical components to President Barack Obama's new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network initiative, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said at a kickoff event for the effort on Wednesday.

The role of artificial intelligence in personalized medicine

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are using artificial intelligence in their quest to provide individualized treatments, according to a Computerworld article.