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Big data helps treat cancer patients

The University of Leeds will use big data to help match patients with certain types of blood cancers to the best treatments. 

DOD's Jonathan Woodson: Telehealth a strategic goal for the military

As care standards continue to evolve, it's imperative that the Military Health System embrace telehealth,  according to Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense, the keynote speaker Tuesday at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting in Baltimore.

HHS emergency data mining pushes privacy envelope

Despite all the good a data sharing program developed and impmlemented by the federal government to identify vulnerable patients during emergencies and disasters can provide, the privacy and security of information used looms as a major concern.

Health IT consultant: ONC 'royally screwed up' Meaningful Use

Electronic health records hold great promise for improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, but the Meaningful Use program incentivizing people to adopt EHRs has several flaws that are...

eICU study fails to find clear benefits

Implementing telemedicine monitoring in eight ICUs brought no significant decline in mortality rates or length of stay, according to a   study published at  JAMA Internal Medicine.

Judge dismisses defense department data breach lawsuit

A federal district judge dismissed much of a class-action lawsuit filed against the Department of Defense, its TRICARE insurance program and Science Applications International Corp. over a massive 2011 data breach.

Kaiser, partners plan to boost learning network with focus on data standards, governance

Kaiser Permanente and its partners will expand their efforts to provide a learning health system through patient-centered outcomes research. The project will focus on data standards, incorporating patient-reported data more systematically and implementing multisite data governance procedures.

Neurological telehealth efforts successful for follow-up care

A majority of patients who received neurologic follow-up care via video telehealth technologies were "highly satisfied" with the results, according to new research published this month in  Telemedicine and e-Health.

Ex-HHS head Donna Shalala: Data sharing with payers requires trust

At a recent eMerge Americas digital business conference held in Miami Beach, Donna Shalala, former Clinton Administration secretary for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, spoke out on why healthcare providers are reluctant to share data with payers,  InformationWeek  reported.

Johns Hopkins gets NIH grant to innovate flu tracking

A new center geared toward improved and innovative flu tracking is the goal behind a grant awarded to researchers at Johns Hopkins University this week by the National Institutes of Health.