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Fitbit Partners with UnitedHealthcare on Wellness Program Integration

San Francisco-based fitness wearables maker Fitbit has announced that it is integrating its Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker product into the recently expanded UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program, powered by Qualcomm Life, Inc.

Vote by Jan. 6 for Most Promising Health Data Platform for Open Science Prize

Vote for the most promising prototype to unleash the power of open content and data to advance biomedical research and its application for health benefit.

Media Reports: Top Health System CEOs Discuss VA, ACA with President-Elect Trump

Top health system leaders met with President-Elect Trump on Wednesday to discuss care delivery reforms and other pressing healthcare issues, according to several media reports.

OIG Identifies Vulnerabilities in CMS’ Deployment of MACRA

The Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has identified two vulnerabilities related to MACRA that the department says CMS must address.

FDA Issues Final Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued its finalized guidance for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices and offered recommendations to medical device manufacturers to maintain the security of internet-connected devices, such has pacemakers and insulin pumps.

Breach of HHS Data from 2015 Becomes Public

A former patient at Concord-based New Hampshire Hospital, a state psychiatric facility, accessed personal files of up to 15,000 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) clients while working at a public computer in the organization’s library in 2015.

HHS Taps Eight States for Behavioral Health Demonstration Project

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in various communities.

Recipients of HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award Announced

The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced last week the recipients of the inaugural HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award.

Cleveland Clinic, IBM Collaborating to Build Population Health, Value-Based Care Models

Cleveland Clinic and IBM have announced a five-year agreement to work together to establish a model for a health system transition to value-based care and population health, and to uncover potential standards that could be replicated by providers nationwide.

Eight More Health Systems Go Live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service

Eight more health systems have now gone live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS), which aims to give healthcare providers fast and easy access to clinical records and historical patient visit locations.

Data Breach at Community Health Plan Exposes Info of 400K Individuals

Community Health Plan of Washington is sending letters to nearly 400,000 individuals following a data breach which exposed the personal information of current and former members.

CMS: 171K Medicare Docs Will Get Hit with MU Penalties in 2017

CMS said there are approximately 171,000 eligible professionals (EPs) who are subject to a downward payment adjustment in 2017 under Medicare for failing to meet Meaningful Use requirements.

Black Book Surveys the Healthcare C-Suite, Reveals Biggest Tech Trends

Black Book’s year-end healthcare C-suite survey revealed that organizations are slowing down on advanced software acquisitions due to political and funding uncertainty that is menacing long term strategies.

ONC Releases 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA).

Global Study: 16% of Healthcare Orgs Ready to Commercialize Blockchains in 2017

Some healthcare organizations are moving fast on commercializing blockchain at scale and even seem to be ahead of the financial industry, according to a report by IBM Institute for Business Value.