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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 Erik Paulsen: Med device tax may soon be repealed

The medical device tax may soon be repealed, according to Rep.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.

IBM Watson partnerships aim to improve personalized healthcare

IBM Watson Health is looking to make its mark on personalized healthcare with two newly unveiled initiatives.

3 barriers to hospital telemedicine use

Federal and state regulations will have a big impact on telemedicine use in the healthcare industry, even as patients and physicians increasingly support the technology.

Dear Congress: Don't greenlight an ICD-10 ban

In Hollywood, studio executives have a tendency to milk every drop out of a movie franchise until its appeal dries up and withers away. Nowhere is this more evident than in the horror genre, where shark attacks have been reduced to a punchline, and masked serial killers continue to breathe oxygen after a countless number of deaths.

Inspector General scolds HRSA for inadequate security controls

The Health Resources and Services Administration must improve its security practices because controls are not fully implemented and monitored, according to a report from the Health and Human Service Department's Office of Inspector General.

NantHealth to give clinicians access to entire genome through mobile device

Soon clinicians will be able to browse through an entire genome with a swipe on their smartphone screen, NantHealth founder Patrick Soon-Shiong said Monday during the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting in Los Angeles.

ICD-10 worries remain high for small practices

The level of concern about ICD-10, especially among small practices, is "a little too high for comfort," according to a new survey.

Senate bill to protect consumer privacy includes health data provisions

A group of Democratic Senators have introduced a new bill to protect consumers' most sensitive information--including their health data.

Telehealth pilot helps Banner Health cut costs, hospitalizations

A telehealth pilot at Phoenix, Arizona-based Banner Health's reduced costs, hospitalizations and hospital stays, the health system announced this week.

TeleICU saves California hospital thousands, improves patient satisfaction

Despite regulatory challenges and relatively small reimbursement for telehealth services, health leaders at the American Hospital Association annual meeting Monday say the cost savings are significant and urged hospital executives to leverage the power of the technology.

Telemedicine by state: Examining the winners and losers

Connecticut and Rhode Island were the only two states to receive composite failing grades for telemedicine coverage and reimbursement efforts, according to an updated analysis published Monday by the American Telemedicine Association.

MedVirginia CEO: HIE must be the rule, not the exception for docs

Data exchange must become the norm for doing business in healthcare, according to Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia, a regional health information exchange in central and eastern Virginia.