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NIH Announces Funding Opportunity for PMI Cohort Recruitment Efforts

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated $15 million in funding over the next three years, $5 million per year, for recruitment and outreach efforts for the All of Us Research Program, formerly the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

HITRUST Developing ‘Threat Catalog’ to Enhance Healthcare Cybersecurity

The non-profit HITRUST Alliance has announced it is developing a risk-based framework, called the Threat Catalogue, to aid healthcare organizations in improving their information security posture by better aligning cyber threats with HITRUST CSF risk factors and controls.

OCR Fines Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2M Due to HIPAA Non-Compliance

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has fined Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2 million due to a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) breach that resulted in the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).

FCC Launches Advisory Committee to Help Close Nation’s Digital Divide

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee to explore ways to accelerate deployment of high-speed Internet access nationwide and to close the digital divide.

HL7 Teams with Healthcare Services Platform Consortium on FHIR Development

Standards organization HL7 has announced a collaboration agreement with the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium a nonprofit group working toward the development of an open ecosystem of interoperable applications, content and services.

Epic Tops Best in KLAS for Seventh Straight Year

The 2017 Best in KLAS Software and Services report, released this week by Orem, Utah-based KLAS, named the top-performing companies within various market segments based on customer feedback, and once again Epic earned the ranking of number-one Overall Software Suite.

HHS Taps Navy Veteran as New CISO

Navy veteran Christopher Wlaschin has been appointed chief information security officer (CISO) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CyberScoop reported last week.

Penn Medicine Launches Center for Digital Health

Penn Medicine in Philadelphia has created a Center for Digital Health, which evolved from its Social Media Laboratory.

Senate Democrats Boycott Committee Vote on HHS Secretary Nomination

While Rep. Tom Price's confirmation as the next U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary is expected to sail through the Senate with full support from Republicans, the process hit a snag today when Senate Democrats on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee boycotted the Committee’s vote this morning on Rep. Price’s nomination.

Survey: Most CIOs Challenged to Find Skilled IT Professionals

Spanning across 25 major markets, 61 percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) recently surveyed said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today.

Lahey Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Merger Talks

The boards of directors of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Burlington-based Lahey Health announced they have signed a letter of intent to explore creating a combined system to serve communities in Eastern Massachusetts.

HIMSS Stage 7 Recertification: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has successfully revalidated for Stage 7 certification on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

Black Book: PHM Growing in Importance, but Providers Lack Tech Infrastructure to Support it

Black Book’s most recent report on the state of population health management (PHM) has revealed that it is among the fastest-growing areas in the healthcare IT space.

Dr. Ram Raju Tapped as Senior Executive at Northwell Health

Ram Raju, M.D., the former head of NYC Health + Hospitals, has been appointed to senior vice president and community health investment officer at New York-based Northwell Health.

AMIA Recommends Improvements to PCORI Data Sharing Policy

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) commended, in comments submitted this week, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for developing a data access and sharing policy. The organization of biomedical and clinical research informaticians, however, provided a number of recommendations to improve data access and exchange, including that PCORI consider requiring a preliminary data sharing plan as part of award applications, and earmarking specified amounts of grant funding for data preparation and curation.

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