The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Consumer Advisory Committee recently made recommendations to the government agency’s mobile health (mHealth) Task Force and the FCC itself to address the needs of underserved people and those with disabilities. The recommendations come a few months after the Task Force, a group of academic, industry, and government leaders focused on deploying mHealth, came out with several specific recommendations of their own to the FCC.
The gist of the consumer advisory committee’s recommendation is that the Task Force should ensure that the Healthcare Director, as recommended originally by the Task Force, and other health-related FCC staff are” made aware of the specific needs of underserved populations, including the access needs of individuals with disabilities.” In addition, they asked the FCC to work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “to accelerate their ongoing collaboration and ensure that the needs of underserved individuals are being addressed through the coordinated activities.”
North Carolina-based health IT company Lenovo Health and Orbita, a Boston-based connected home healthcare company, launched a virtual home care solution and showcased the technology at HIMSS17 in Orlando.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced five winners in Phase 2 of the “Move Health Data Forward” Challenge, a contest to develop solutions to help with the flow of health information.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando on Monday, The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) unveiled NATE’s Blue Button Directory (NBBD) and is demonstrating it as part of the Federal Health Architecture’s demonstrations in the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando, the nonprofit Regenstrief Institute announced a partnership with analytics vendor Health Catalyst involving Regenstrief's artificial intelligence-powered text analytics technology.
Cybersecurity has been elevated to a central concern for healthcare providers, with more attention at the board level and the C-suite, according to a new survey by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The study found that 42 percent of organizations have a vice president or C-level official in charge of cybersecurity and for 39 percent of organizations, the head of cybersecurity is at the director level.