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Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

When it comes to tracking calories, wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit often provide very inaccurate information, according to Stanford University researchers.

The worldwide ransomware attack using software known as “WannaCry” temporarily disrupted computers at the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, while U.S. healthcare organizations were largely spared, but CIOs and CISOs can still use this incident as a learning opportunity. 

The May 12 cyberattack that hit the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx and other companies around the globe could have been limited if computers had been regularly applying security patches. John Christly, chief information security officer (CISO) at Netsurion and EventTracker, spoke to HealthExec about what made this ransomware attack unique and how healthcare CISOs can point to it to get others in the C-suite to prioritize cybersecurity.

NYC Health + Hospitals, the operator of public hospitals and clinic in New York, announced it will “implement new, advanced revenue cycle technology” from Epic at a cost of $289 million over the next five years.

 

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Endpoint vulnerability threatens healthcare security

A survey conducted by Ponemon Institutes has found that the risk of healthcare network leaks and cyber-attacks is rising as a result of endpoint vulnerabilities.

Biomedical breakthrough? E-skin could monitor vital signs

Even in the world of Star Trek, technology hadn’t advanced this far. Medics on the Enterprise still had to lug around little handheld devices. But here in 2016, researchers have developed an ultrathin, flexible film that, one day, may become an electronic second skin.

Digital aide may improve diabetes, hypertension treatment

A new study shows the potential for digital health offerings to improve care for patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes by reducing blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels while leading to increased control of blood pressure.

3 U.S. healthcare companies ranked among the world’s top innovators

Cerner (#34), Express Scripts (#66) and Intuitive Surgical (#87), all healthcare-specific companies based in the U.S., have made the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies.

Hospitals using predictive modeling for population health

A new study found that 15 percent of providers are using predictive modeling within hospitals.

Sharing medical information at no cost is important to U.S. adults

Approximately three-quarters of adults believe healthcare providers should share medical information, according to a new survey.

Study finds benefits of HIEs inconclusive

A systematic review of published literature found that the benefits of health information exchanges remain unclear.

GAO report examines Healthcare.gov issues

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report found the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to do a better job testing and overseeing the Healthcare.gov website.

Senators criticize interoperability roadmap

Five senators criticized the progress of the HITECH Act and questioned if the program had achieved its goals of increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving the quality of care.

AMA, other physician groups express ICD-10 concerns

The American Medical Association and 99 other physician organizations sent a letter on March 4 to acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Andrew Slavitt expressing their concerns with the transition to ICD-10.

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