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Jocelyn Samuels: Freeing and protecting data are not mutually exclusive goals

The first privacy and security portion of Health Datapalooza could not be more timely nor more important in a world where healthcare data is increasingly at risk, Jocelyn Samuels, director of the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights, said during opening remarks at Wednesday's event.

ONC officials: IT for MACRA, cybersecurity remain top-of-mind issues

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in its recent and longstanding efforts, is both focusing on what is needed now and what is needed tomorrow, Elise Anthony, ONC's acting director of policy, said during a panel discussion at Health Datapalooza on Tuesday.

Payers, providers outline approaches to data use

The power of data is found when payer and provider information comes together--with a key part that is often overlooked being the patient, David Feinberg, CEO of Geisinger Health System, said during a panel discussion Tuesday at Health Datapalooza in the District of Columbia.

Andy Slavitt: Health IT must be 'a national priority'

When Andy Slavitt came to the District of Columbia two years ago, it was because technology was putting health reform in the U.S. at risk. Now, he says, technology is not doing all it can when it comes to patient care, and the industry must "refocus on our customers and rise above proprietary interests to make this a national priority."

Patient access to medical records key to stemming inaccuracies

Unlike what happens in Vegas, what happens in a patient's medical record--especially inaccuracies--can stay with them forever, Dhruv Khullar, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, said during a Tuesday session at Health Datapalooza 2016 in the District of Columbia.

Karen DeSalvo unveils funding opportunities, challenges focusing on standards, APIs

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo announced two new funding opportunities and a new challenge around health data at Health Datapalooza in the District of Columbia Monday.

Georgetown professors: WHO must address yellow fever outbreak

A pair of Georgetown University professors are calling on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee to tackle what they're calling the latest looming medical emergency: yellow fever.

WEDI: Early prep, testing key to smooth ICD-10 transition

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, in a recent letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, released results of its ICD-10 post-implementation survey to highlight lessons learned.

Surgeons say robots won't replace humans for operations

While robots may soon play a large part in assisting with surgery, they can not yet make the last-minute adjustments that may help save a patient's life, Monique A. Spillman, M.D., a clinical associate professor and attending gynecologic oncologist at Baylor University Medical Center, tells  STAT.

Niall Brennan: CMS to release new data sets every year

Federal officials are releasing more data than ever before, an essential step forward as the healthcare industry moves to a model based on value of care and not volume, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chief Data Officer Niall Brennan tells  NPR.