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Senate Passes Bill to Use Project ECHO as Nationwide Telehealth Model

The U.S. Senate today passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which is legislation that aims to expand New Mexico’s Project ECHO as a national model for using telehealth for rural care.

Report: Ransomware Attacks on IoT Medical Devices Will Likely Increase

Cyber attackers are increasingly breaching Internet-enabled medical devices using ransomware and this is likely to continue for the next two to four years, according to Intel Security’s recent McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report.

Study: 8 in 10 Consumers Prefer Mobile Communication to Office Visit

Consumers are overwhelmingly gravitating toward digital channels like online portals and mobile apps to connect with their healthcare providers when offered, according to a new study.

WEDI Announces New 2017 Board of Directors

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a nonprofit organization that aims to advance the use of health IT, announced the election of four new board members to its Board of Directors, as well as the re-election of eight previous board members to serve two-year terms.

RSNA Attendance Remains Similar to Last Year’s Levels

Attendance at the annual conference of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), which had been dipping in past years, saw a slight uptick this year, based on a preliminary estimate released by RSNA officials

Boston Children’s, GE Healthcare Partnering to Improve Pediatric Brain Scans

Boston Children’s Hospital and GE Healthcare plans to collaborate on developing and commercializing digital solutions to advance the diagnosis and treatment of specific childhood diseases, starting with diseases that affect the brain.

UCSF Partners with GE on Algorithm Development for Clinical Support

UC San Francisco’s Center for Digital Health Innovation and GE Healthcare have announced a partnership to develop a library of algorithms that will look to empower clinicians to make faster and more effective decisions.

OCR Issues Alert about Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Email

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an alert Monday regarding a phishing email disguised as an official OCR audit communication.

Massachusetts Governor Launches Digital Healthcare Council

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced the creation of a Digital Healthcare Council, a public-private partnership that will advise the administration on the future of the state’s digital healthcare industry.

House, Senate Democrats Call for Opioid Funding in 21st Century Cures Act

Democrats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have written letters to House and Senate leaders calling for funding to help fight the opioid epidemic be included in the 21st Century Cures Act, which is under consideration for passage during the lame duck session of Congress.

CHIME, HIMSS Partner on International Programs

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced an agreement to jointly partner on all programs and professional communities outside of North America.

AMA, LexisNexis Collaborate to Improve Network Directories

Addressing the increasing expectation on health plans to present patients with accurate directories of available health care professionals, the American Medical Association (AMA) and LexisNexis Risk Solutions are collaborating to offer a solution intended to maintain high-quality data for use in network directories.

UMass Will Pay $650,000 to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a malware infection back in 2013.

New Study Debunks Common Wearables Beliefs

Wearables can be effective tools to engage employees in their health and encourage healthy behavior change, according to study from Jiff.

Broad Institute Partners with Intel to Enhance Genomic Data Analytics

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced a $25 million collaboration with Intel Corporation to scale researchers’ ability to analyze massive amounts of genomic data from diverse sources worldwide.

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