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Thu, March 06, 2014 - ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is now one of the largest government-approved EHR testing and certification body. The organization has aspirations beyond meaningful use, though, and hopes to drive healthcare IT vendors toward interoperability and innovation.
Mon, March 03, 2014 - John Halamka, the CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, doesn't let any crisis go unused as either a teachable moment, or as a chance to lead IT into new directions.
Wed, February 26, 2014 - A recent threat intelligence study reports widespread security vulnerabilities in healthcare organizations, many of which went unnoticed for months. In December, a developer pulled unencrypted data from a 'certified' mobile health app in less than a minute. Why is it so hard for healthcare to get security right?
Mon, February 24, 2014 - For IT to stop being a 'cost center' in hospitals and other healthcare organizations, CIOs need to dictate their own IT strategy. Demonstrating the value of information technology to reluctant end users and making better decisions will help IT leaders achieve that goal.
Fri, February 21, 2014 - Whether the wearable irritated your skin or not, you can collect a full refund.
Fri, February 21, 2014 - NASA wants a humanoid robot that can perform CPR, draw blood and operate on astronauts aboard the International Space Station or en route to Mars.
Tue, February 18, 2014 - Apple today was awarded a patent for a monitoring system that could be placed in ear buds to record things such as body temperature, heart rate and perspiration levels.
Mon, February 10, 2014 - Simply put, 2014 is a big year for electronic health record vendors. They must adhere to stricter standards under the federal government's meaningful use program while convincing healthcare providers that they can meet future needs for information exchange, patient engagement and data analytics. Not everyone will make the cut.
Mon, February 10, 2014 - Insurance companies are under intense pressure these days. They're expected to deliver better care at lower costs. They're required to meet the mandates of the new federal healthcare law. And they're expected to continue supporting corporate initiatives.
Fri, February 07, 2014 - Government officials are reluctant to issue mandates on standards and interoperability for health IT devices and applications -- but advocates say that's exactly what healthcare needs to promote innovation and improve patient care.
Wed, February 05, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a security probe of Healthcare.gov after a U.S. intelligence unit last week warned that portions of the Affordable Care Act website was built by software developers linked to the Belarus government.
Mon, February 03, 2014 - The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care has more than 100 TB of Medicare claims data. This information, combined with peer-reviewed medical research, informs healthcare policy and helps institutions compare their quality metrics. Like any good atlas, it also uses data-driven maps to prove its points.
Fri, January 31, 2014 - The agency announces a data-breach settlement with the California company
Wed, January 29, 2014 - Having migrated his company from on-site servers and applications to a cloud-based software-as-a-service, Nathan McBride, vice president of information technology at AMAG Pharmaceuticals, is now working to influence security by getting five cloud security service providers to build what he wants.