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FDA chief: ‘Pleased to see’ interest from big tech in healthcare

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, isn’t surprised tech giants like Apple and Google seem to be jumping into the healthcare space. He’s only surprised it took them so long to do so.

CMS: Secure texting OK, but not for patient orders

In response to a report that CMS had banned all text messaging between members of a healthcare team, even on secure platforms, the agency reaffirmed its stance that secure texting of patient information is allowed.

Cerner protests $62M Epic contract at University of Illinois

Cerner has filed a protest against rival Epic Systems winning a $62 million, seven-year contract to implement a new electronic health record system at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago, saying the bidding process unfairly favored Epic.

WannaCry attack, which impacted healthcare in May, blamed on North Korea

The WannaCry ransomware attack which affected hospitals in the United Kingdom and medical devices in the U.S. was the work of hackers in North Korea, according to Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert.

Cerner billing system lawsuit dismissed by Wisconsin judge

A Wisconsin district court judge has dismissed the $16 million lawsuit filed by Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare against health IT giant Cerner, leaving the door open to the dispute being settled through arbitration in Cerner's home state of Missouri.

Email most likely source of healthcare data breach

A survey of senior information technology and security professionals in healthcare found the most likely source of a data breach to be email—which the vast majority of respondents admitted to using frequently to transfer protected health information and consider critical to their organization.

Henry Ford Health System warns patients of data breach

The protected health information of 18,470 patients at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) may have compromised by a data breach the system first discovered in October.

UnitedHealth’s Optum starts $250M venture capital fund with AI, cloud investments

Optum, the consulting and services arm of health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, announced at the launch of a $250 million venture capital fund investing in data analytics and digital health firms.

Indiana hospitals sued over alleged $300M scheme involving false meaningful use claims

A lawsuit claims 62 Indiana hospitals fraudulently received more than $300 million from the federal government by overbilling patients for the release of their electronic health records and falsified their meaningful use attestations.

VA Secretary: $782M needed to start transition to Cerner EHR

David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asked a House committee to redirect $782 million of his agency’s budget to begin the switch from the VA’s legacy electronic health record system to a new Cerner platform.