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CVS Health opens Boston Innovation Lab

CVS Health has officially opened its Innovation Lab in Boston.

House votes to repeal medical device tax

Forty-six Democrats joined 234 Republicans in the House who voted Thursday to repeal the much-maligned medical device tax.

Teladoc announces estimated IPO pricing

Teladoc is the latest healthcare company to gear up for an initial public offering.

Renowned cancer center looks to cloud to further genomic research

Add Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle to the growing list of facilities looking to transition to the cloud.

Missing hard drives put EMS patient data at risk

A safe of hard drives containing patient information collected in Lancaster County ambulances has gone missing--and is just one of many recent security breaches plaguing the healthcare industry.

ICD-10 testing lags among providers

Provider organizations continue to lag behind in testing for the transition to ICD-10, according to a survey unveiled Wednesday by the eHealth Initiative.

Massachusetts hospitals team up on Web portal

Healthcare organizations in Massachusetts are creating a Web portal to allow companies to work with academic medical centers in the state.

ONC's hopes for more cash dim with release of federal draft funding bill

A draft funding bill released by the House Appropriations Committee gives the Health and Human Services Department $298 million more than last year, but the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's funding will remain at $60 million.

Healthcare increasingly requires a tech-savvy workforce

The rise of technology in healthcare is creating new roles within the industry and requiring doctors and nurses to be tech-savvy as well, according to a story in the Financial Times.

New VA tool welcome sight amid interoperability struggle with DoD

For years, federal officials have given the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs flak for failing to make their electronic health record systems interoperable. The decibel level of such complaints rose astronomically following a February 2013 decision to abandon development of a joint EHR, and has grown deafening in recent months as the push for interoperability of all health records systems continues to gain steam throughout the halls of Congress.

Deven McGraw heads to OCR as deputy director for health information privacy

Deven McGraw, who was an integral part of the Health IT Policy Committee's Privacy and Security Workgroup, will step into a new role at the Health and Human Service Department's Office for Civil rights as the deputy director for health information privacy.

Obama: Healthcare.gov a 'documented disaster'

Healthcare.gov was a "documented disaster," President Barack Obama told Fast Company in an interview on technology in the District of Columbia.

Education key to bolstering remote-access security for providers

In his own doctor's office, cybersecurity expert Gary Glover found he could gain unauthorized access to physician practice data.

How competing Philadelphia hospitals are closing the information gap

Southeastern Pennsylvania-based health information exchange HealthShare Exchange has eased the flow of information in Philadelphia where there are multiple overlapping health systems.

4 ways to retain patient engagement by designing for behavior

For patients to not only become engaged in their own healthcare through use of digital tools, but stay engaged, developers, behavioral scientists and designers need to work together, according to behavioral health scientist Steph Habif.

CHIME: Data exchange, telemedicine reimbursement vital to improving chronic disease care

Widespread health information exchange, revised telemedicine reimbursement policies and patient empowerment are all necessary to bolster treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives said in a letter to legislators serving in the Senate Finance Committee's Chronic Care Working Group this week.

Laptop thefts put Long Island health system patient information at risk

Information of patients at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York may have been compromised after the left of laptops from a contractor's office.

FDA, PatientsLikeMe team up to research drug safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and PatientsLikeMe soon will work together to use patient-reported data to better understand drug safety.

Fire CEOs who don't see cyberattacks as a business risk

Many chief executive officers don't embrace the threat of a cyberattack as a business risk, and healthcare organizations should fire those high-level executives immediately, Mansur Hasib, M.D., writes at Enterprise Tech.

ICD-10 grace period could have negative impact on implementation

New legislation that calls for a grace period or transition period to ICD-10 is misguided and could have negative impacts on implementation of the new code set, according to proponents of ICD-10.