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ONC announces six winners of Market R&D Pilot Challenge

The six winners of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's  inaugural Market R&D Pilot Challenge  are promising start ups that will be paired with healthcare stake holders to promote new health IT tools, according to an ONC announcement.

Health tech, data will lead to 'Internet of Me'

Health research, data and computing power will lead to the "Internet of Me," according to Adriana Karaboutis, executive vice president of technology at Biogen. All of this will lead to more effective treatments that are personalized for each patient.

Privacy experts worry 21st Century Cures Act could weaken HIPAA

Some patient privacy advocates worry that the language in the revised 21st Century Cures Act could significantly weaken the HIPAA privacy protections for patient data.

Indian Health tackles diabetes through telemedicine services

A healthcare provider in Southern California is turning to telemedicine to help address rising rates of diabetes in American Indian tribes.

Telemedicine no more effective than phone counseling to help smokers quit

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has found little difference between sessions delivered by telemedicine or by phone in the effectiveness of counseling to help rural patients stop smoking.

State senators: Poor interoperability = taxpayer fraud

A pair of Connecticut state senators say that the lack of interoperability between electronic health records systems "amounts to taxpayer fraud" and call for passage of a bill that would levy civil fines against those found guilty of information blocking in an editorial published Saturday in the New Haven Register.

CMS' Jason McNamara: Keep challenging data

Analyzing the massive amounts of data flowing through the Medicaid program is one of the main focuses of his job, Jason McNamara, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services senior technical director of Medicaid health IT, tells Healthcare Informatics in an interview.

More security vulnerabilities cited within HHS

Many of the same problems found in a recent audit of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) also exist at the Information Technology Infrastructure and Operations (ITIO) office, according to a report published by the Office of Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department.

ISACs key to defending against healthcare cyberattacks

Cyberattacks on healthcare entities are not a matter of if but when, and industry collaboration is one of the keys to lessening the impact of such attacks.

Massive health system virtual care center nears completion

Mercy Health System's telehealth division Mercy Virtual is closing in on completion of its new virtual care center. The Chesterfield, Missouri-based system, which has been touting the project since 2011, broke ground on the 120,000-square-foot facility last May; the facility will house all of Mercy's telehealth programs.

Surgical robot hacks: Exploring the vulnerabilities

An engineering team at the University of Washington has been exploring the security vulnerabilities of a surgical robot to determine whether a malicious attack could hijack remotely-controlled operations in the future.

Brigham and Women's, Rock Health team up on digital innovation

Brigham and Women's Hospital is teaming up with investment fund company Rock Health to bring digital health innovations to the hospital.

Refresh planned for HealthData.gov to improve usability

HealthData.gov,  the site designed to be a one-stop resource for health information and health datasets from the U.S. government, will be getting a refresh.

5 ways to close common medical device vulnerabilities

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is no stranger to cyberattacks. In March, roughly 1.2 billion cyberattacks targeted the VA networkAmid all that activity, the VA saw a sharp drop in protected health information breaches in March. A big part of the reason: The VA has taken several steps to shore up security in medical devices, which are a common point of vulnerability.

Carolinas HealthCare reaps benefits of ICU command center

Carolinas HealthCare System is seeing benefits for patients and physicians through its off-site intensive care unit command center.

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Med device tax may soon be repealed

The medical device tax may soon be repealed, according to Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.).

VCU, University of California San Diego collaborate on population health initiative

Virginia Commonwealth University is embarking on an initiative to test how big data can help improve population health on the other side of the U.S.

Most health data breaches caused by criminal attacks

Criminal attacks on healthcare organizations have increased 125 percent in the past five years and now are the leading cause of data breaches, according to a new study from the Ponemon Institute.

Karen DeSalvo to step down as ONC head if confirmed for HHS role

President Barack Obama late Wednesday announced his intent to nominate current National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo for Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Initiative leads to $1B in funding to help rural communities with HIT

Since the launch in 2012 of President Barack Obama's White House Rural Council initiative, $1 billion has been invested across 13 states to help health systems with health IT goals, according to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo.