A $15 million project, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to define an application programming interface for electronic health records, could turn EHRs into effective public health tools at the point of care in fighting Ebola.
The University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care is co-developing technology to predict declining health status in acute and critically ill patients and to alert appropriate clinicians via smartphones.  more »
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has released for public comment draft criteria for a new accountable care organization accreditation program expected to be formally launched in early 2015.  more »

In an effort to better analyze and leverage a growing tsunami of mammoth biomedical data sets, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $32 million in grants as part of its Big Data to Knowledge initiative.

The Federal Trade Commission and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are collaborating to promote greater competition in health IT markets.

The widespread adoption of electronic health records is a double-edged sword for the healthcare industry with the potential for both improving and harming patient safety.

Cognizant’s $2.7 billion acquisition of insurance software vendor TriZetto significantly increases its footprint in the healthcare industry, but the price is very steep considering the acquired company has about $700 million in annual revenue.

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The age of wearable technology took a huge step forward on Sept. 9 as Apple introduced Apple Watch, available in early 2015.

In response to a Health and Human Services final rule issued late last month, HIMSS has voiced its opposition to the full-year meaningful use reporting requirement for 2015 using 2014 certified EHR technology.

Did you know that resolution of breaches of protected health information on paper or x-rays often is cheaper than breaches of electronic data?

The American Health Information Management Association kicks off its 2014 conference in San Diego with a call to stave off further delays in ICD-10.

The ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus is an example of the way transitioning to ICD-10 can benefit the ability of public health officials to respond to global pandemics, according to an executive at 3M Health Information Systems.

While cloud computing has the potential to significantly drive down costs at the Department of Health and Human Services, so far HHS is not putting its money where its mouth is to achieve greater efficiencies.

Former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman, now a founding partner of investment firm 7wire Ventures, has launched Livongo Health, which offers a suite of services to support management of chronic conditions, starting with diabetes.

Increased and unnecessary risks to Healthcare.gov security remain, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has failed to implement and address security issues, the GAO says.

With over 90 percent of US hospitals attesting for meaningful use of an EHR last year, most hospital information system vendors reported continued growth in annual revenue for 2013. So how did your vendor fare in the race for these HITECH dollars?

With America’s aging population and changing demographics set to outpace the number of available primary care providers, the Federal Communications Commission sees broadband technology as a saving grace for the nation’s increasingly overburdened healthcare system.
An initiative launched last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to help providers meet Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use public health objectives is now focusing its efforts on Ebola electronic screening tools.   read more 
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