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CHIME Launches Two Healthcare Technology Organizations

October 24, 2014
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has launched of two new organizations to serve the education and professional development needs of healthcare executives in senior technology and application roles.

Cerner Expects Siemens Deal to Close in 2015

October 24, 2014
On an earnings call this week, Kansas City-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, Cerner said it expects its deal with Siemens to close in early 2015.

Geisinger, NIH Launch Genomic Patient Portal

October 24, 2014
Investigators at the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System have launched an online portal allowing patients to enter their data from clinical genetics tests for analysis by the Clinical Genome Resource.

ONC Confirms Jacob Reider's Departure

October 24, 2014
Jacob Reider, M.D. the Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), has resigned, an ONC spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare Informatics.

BREAKING: Karen DeSalvo Steps Away from ONC, Tapped by Burwell to Lead Ebola Response Team

October 23, 2014
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National National Coordinator for Health IT, is leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health as part of the Ebola response team.

HHS Announces $840 Million Initiative for Value-Based Medical Reform

October 23, 2014
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency is making a $840 million investment into value-based coordinated care initiatives in an effort to further healthcare reform.

Survey: Hand Hygiene at Hospitals Progressing Towards Electronic Monitoring

October 23, 2014
Nearly 80 percent of infection preventionists, nurses, and other healthcare leaders from U.S. hospitals believe electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring is a more accurate option than direct observation, yet most facilities are still relying more on manual methods, according to a survey from DebMed, the creator of an electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system.

M*Modal Names New CEO

October 23, 2014
M*Modal, the Franklin, Tenn.-based provider of clinical documentation and medical transcription software, has named Scott MacKenzie its new chief executive officer.

Study Finds Use of Pricing Transparency Tools Associated with Lower Health Costs

October 22, 2014
The use of health pricing comparison tools was associated with lower payments for clinical services such as advanced imaging and laboratory tests, according to a new research study.

IBM’s Real-Time Analytics to Provide Docs with ‘Critical Health Insights’

October 22, 2014
IBM and the San Antonio, Tx.-based mobility solutions vendor AirStrip are teaming up to develop a mobile monitoring solution to help clinicians predict declining health in acute and critically ill patients.

Epic to Integrate with Network of Cancer Centers

October 22, 2014
Epic Systems (Verona, Wisc.) will integrate its oncology information systems with chemotherapy order templates created by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which is a not-for-profit alliance of 25 of the world's leading cancer centers.

NIH Announces $11M in Funds to Study Social Media’s Impact on Substance Abuse

October 22, 2014
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced more than $11 million over three years to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction.

California Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Data Breach Lawsuit Ruling

October 21, 2014
The year 2014 continues to be a kind year to healthcare provider organizations in California that have been sued for a data breach.

Report: Growth in Health Wearables Could be Stunted by Cost, Privacy Concerns

October 21, 2014
While the adoption of wearable devices is expected to rise, health consumers are still concerned over privacy and cost issues, according to a report.

Teladoc Adds Healthcare Leaders to Board of Directors

October 21, 2014
Teladoc, a Dallas, Tx.-based telehealth provider, has announced the addition of two healthcare leaders to the company’s board of directors: former U.S. Senator William Frist, M.D. and former Medco Health Solutions chairman and CEO David B. Snow.
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