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The Advisory Board Exploring Strategic Alternatives, Including Possible Sale

Washington, D.C.-based healthcare research and consulting firm The Advisory Board Company announced that its board and management team had begun an evaluation process to explore potential strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, including a sale of part or all of the company.

Report: Patient Monitoring Wearables Market to Grow 35 Percent by 2021

A new report from ABI Research forecasts that the patient monitoring wearable market, which includes remote and on-site devices, will grow from 8 million shipments in 2016 to 33 million in 2021.

Senior VA IT Officials Indicate Department Will Transition to Commercial EHR

A senior IT official with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) told members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs during a hearing Tuesday that the department will move to a commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record (EHR) system.

Dashboard Tracks Health Data at City Level

The New York University School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health has developed a City Health Dashboard to help cities understand, compare and take action to improve health status and health risks in their municipalities.

OSU Wexner Medical Center’s EHR Links with State Prescription Reporting System

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, based in Columbus, Ohio, is now implementing a direct feed from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) to improve and streamline efforts to decrease opioid abuse and addiction.

CMS Extends MU Reporting Deadline for Eligible Physicians

Following the path it set for eligible hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a new deadline of March 13 for Meaningful Use attestation for eligible professionals (EPs).

NIST Testing Supports Safe Practice Recommendations for Copy-and-Paste in EHRs

A new report released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows support for two safe practice recommendations for the use of copy-and-paste in electronic health records (EHRs).

The Sequoia Project Adds Six New Members to Board of Directors

Two government liaisons and four health IT industry leaders will join the board of directors of the Vienna, Va.-based The Sequoia Project, a non-profit organization focused on nationwide health data sharing.

IU School of Medicine Launches Startup to Commercialize Pediatric Care Software

Two senior leaders of the Indiana University School of Medicine have launched a startup to commercialize software targeting improvement in pediatric patient care.

Report: Healthcare IT Security Spending is Up, But So Are Data Breaches

Eighty-one percent of senior IT security executives at healthcare organizations anticipate IT security spending increases in the next 12 months, yet, at the same time, successful data breaches are also up significantly. These were the findings of a recent survey conducted by Thales, a data security and information systems solutions provider, which point to an ongoing disconnect between the security solutions organizations spend money on and the ability of those solutions to protect sensitive data.

UC Berkeley Awarded $3.6M NIH Grant to Apply Big Data to Infectious Disease Surveillance

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant to the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases.

IBM Report: Insider Threats, Malicious Data Input Pose Biggest Risks to PHI

According to a new healthcare data security report from IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) data, insiders were responsible for 68 percent of all network attacks targeting healthcare data in 2016

Jupiter Medical Center Becomes First Community Hospital to Deploy Watson for Oncology

Florida-based Jupiter Medical Center will adopt Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, becoming the first U.S. community hospital to adopt the cognitive computing platform.

Georgia Tech Demonstrates VA Digital Health Platform in Proof-of-Concept

The Georgia Institute of Technology led a proof-of-concept demonstration for a digital health platform (DHP) for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration as part of the VA’s plan to advance electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, data exchange and data integration for veteran care.

Toronto-Based Hospital Gets HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award

Toronto-based North York General Hospital (NYGH), a community academic hospital, has been named a 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient for its diverse use of health IT to improve patient outcomes.