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CMS Extends Deadline for eCQM Data Submission

CMS is extending the deadline for eligible hospitals in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Meaningful Use programs to submit their electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data from 2016.

NorthShore Revalidated by HIMSS Analytics as Stage 7 Worthy

Due to its continued use of IT to improve patient care and reduce costs, Chicago-based NorthShore University HealthSystem has received Stage 7 revalidation on HIMSS’ acute care EMRAM and outpatient EMRAM for its hospitals and associated clinics.

Cybersecurity Consulting Firm CynergisTek Acquired by Auxilio

Austin, Tex.-based cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm CynergisTek has been acquired by Auxilio, Inc., a provider of document workflow solutions and IT security services based in Mission Viejo, California, in a deal valued at up to $34.3 million.

Healthcare Data Breaches: A Year in Review

The latest year-in-review Breach Barometer report from Protenus paints a stark picture—2016 average at least one health data breach per day, affecting more than 27 million patient records.

Healthcare Industry Could Save $9.4B with Full Adoption of Electronic Transactions

The healthcare industry continues to make modest progress toward full adoption of electronic business transactions, but significant gaps remain, representing an opportunity for $9.4 billion in savings, according to new data from the 2016 CAQH Index.

ONC Announces Phase 2 Winners of Consumer, Provider App Challenges

ONC today announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.

Health Affairs: ACOs with High Numbers of Minority Patients Struggle in Quality

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that have a high proportion of minority patients were associated with low scores on about three-fourths of Medicare quality performance measures, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

Trump Taps David Shulkin, an Obama Appointee, for VA Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump announced yesterday that David Shulkin, M.D.—an Obama administration appointee and current VA undersecretary—will lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

NIST Publishes Draft Update to Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published proposed updates to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity—also known as the Cybersecurity Framework.

ONC Releases Accenture’s Draft Guidance to Develop PGHD Policy Framework

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released for public comment a draft of a white paper identifying opportunities and challenges in the capture, use and sharing of patient-generated health data (PGHD) in health care delivery and research.

FDA, IBM Watson to Explore Blockchain for Patient Data Exchange

IBM Watson Health is collaborating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a research initiative aimed at defining a secure, efficient and scalable exchange of health data using blockchain technology.

California Dept. of Insurance: Anthem Breach Caused by Foreign Nation

Examination findings from the 2015 cybersecurity breach of health insurance giant Anthem Inc., which compromised 78.8 million consumers' records, have revealed that very likely, “the cyber attacker was acting on behalf of a foreign government."

Former SMART Platform Exec to Lead VA’s Research Efforts

Rachel B. Ramoni, D.M.D., Sc.D., former executive director of the Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technologies (SMART) Platforms Project at Harvard Medical School, has been named chief research and development officer for the Veterans Health Administration.

Virginia Pilots Data Exchange to Improve Timeliness, Quality in Newborn Screening

The Commonwealth of Virginia is piloting an electronic data exchange project to automate submission of newborn screening information to the state government.

First in Georgia: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Gets Stage 7 Honors

Georgia-based Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has become the first provider in the state to achieve Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

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