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Clinical trial volunteers increasingly being allowed to see their own data

Medical researchers are becoming more open to letting participants in clinical trials see their test results, but drug companies doubt most volunteers will find the information useful.

RSNA 2016: How a guest wi-fi network creates security vulnerability

What if hackers of health systems’ computer networks weren’t looking to make money off ransomware attacks or identity theft, but they were instead aiming to harm patients? They might be to pull it off, according to one cybersecurity expert, if facilities fail to separate their networks.

CMS releases API to smooth transition to MACRA reporting

Developers now have an application program interface (API) tool to help write software for the quality measures practices will need to use as part of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Using social data to help value-based care begins with ICD-10 codes

The transition to value-based care may require making it simpler for information on social determinants of health to be pulled from electronic health records.

Mobile data security guidelines on agenda at AMA meeting

The interim meeting of the American Medical Association in Orlando will consider several recommendations aimed at strengthening data security of mobile health applications and devices.

Wash. hospital shelves over-budget Meditech EHR conversion

Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington, has ended an electronic health record (EHR) integration project that was “bleeding money,” according to The Star.

CIOs expecting IT spending to grow in 2017

Chief information officers (CIOs) in healthcare said they’re more likely than IT professionals in other industries to increase their budgets in 2017, according to a new Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey.

More Facebook friends may mean longer life

Having more friends on social media can have benefits for patients—namely, being less likely to die in the next two years.

The uneven heart monitoring results of fitness trackers

Wearable devices that can track heart rates aren’t too far off in their results, but their accuracy goes down when people would need them the most.

Mind games: Real physicians more accurate than symptom checker apps

Patients relying on symptom checker apps and websites aren’t getting as accurate of a diagnosis as they would by visiting a real physician, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.