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Targeting the exploding health and wellness market, Microsoft in one fell swoop has launched a new cloud-based platform, mobile app, and wearable fitness tracking wrist band.
An online survey of hospital chief information officers reveals that despite progress in electronic health records adoption providers continue to experience problems with EHR usability and reliable information retrieval at the point-of-care.  more »
New York private equity firm New Mountain Capital LLC has acquired health information management software and services firm HealthPort.  more »

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

Terry Fouts, M.D., chief medical officer of Emeryville, Calif.-based analytics vendor MedeAnalytics, talks with Health Data Management about the current state of analytics, including the integration of data from outside the clinical domain.

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.

Historically, healthcare data breaches have occurred because of technical issues or mistakes, such as data not being encrypted, insufficient firewalls and information being exposed unintentionally.

Health Data Management spoke with a broad mix of electronic health vendors to understand the benefits and potential pitfalls of leveraging EHRs for screening suspected Ebola patients.

Given the past high-profile data security breaches at large retailers Target and Home Depot, legal officials maintain there may be more at stake for employers and benefit managers when lapses occur in healthcare provider systems.

Eric Topol, M.D., chief academic officer of San Diego’s Scripps Health, has seen the future of medicine—a future based on a fundamental shift in who accesses and owns medical data—or what he calls the “rebooting” of medicine.

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 other industries have leveraged geospatial data, healthcare has yet to embrace the power of geospatial information systems and analytics to improve outcomes, quality, access to care, and lower costs.

Two big health insurance rivals in California are jointly betting $80 million that they can significantly accelerate health information exchange in the nation’s most populous state.

The long-term care industry in November is changing its standard for electronic prescribing, as the federal government is requiring that those who e-prescribe must use the SCRIPT standard of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs.

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?

While the use of health and fitness tracking devices has more than doubled in the last two years, a new nationwide survey conducted by Nashville, Tenn.-based technology consultancy TechnologyAdvice shows only 25.1 percent of adults are currently using either a fitness tracker or a smartphone app to monitor their health, weight, or exercise.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) today announced that it is winding down all operations, effective immediately, with all work slated to end by November 14, 2014. According to CCHIT, customers and business colleagues have been notified and its staff is assisting in the transition.  read more 
In a new series, EBA goes one-on-one with the heads of private exchanges. What makes one exchange different from the rest, and how do brokers fit in the mix? First up: Don Garlitz, bswift's executive director of exchange solutions.  read more 
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