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Health IT Innovation Lab Gets $5M Grant from Mass. Government

April 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
MassTech’s collaborative research and development matching grant program is awarding $5 million to support the launch of a healthcare research and product development initiative at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Google’s Verily Unveils Health Watch for Medical Research

April 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Verily Life Sciences, Alphabet’s health-focused subsidiary and formerly Google Life Sciences, unveiled last week its Verily Study Watch, a health tracking watch to be used as an investigational device.

Study: Voluntary Value-Based Care Programs Help Reduce Readmissions

April 11, 2017  |  Heather Landi
A recently published study found that hospital participation in voluntary, value-based reforms, such as Meaningful Use and Medicare’s Pioneer and Shared Savings ACO program, is associated with greater reductions in 30-day readmissions for patients with three...

Center for Medical Interoperability Opens Headquarters in Nashville

April 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The Center for Medical Interoperability officially opened its headquarters this week and launched a testing and certification laboratory with the aim of improving patient safety and care.

Study: Virtual Reality Therapy Could Reduce Pain for Hospitalized Patients

April 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Virtual reality therapy can be effective in significantly reducing pain for hospitalized patients, according to a new study conducted at Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Califf to Lead Patient-Centered Research Foundation

March 27, 2017  |  David Raths
Robert Califf, M.D., who stepped down as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, has been named chair of a new nonprofit organization, the People-Centered Research Foundation.

AHRQ Seeking Data on Use of Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Care Consultations

March 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is calling for public data on projects that have examined the value of telehealth for acute and chronic care.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Moving the Learning Health System from Concept to Reality

March 22, 2017  |  David Raths
The potential of big data, within a learning health system, is starting to become a reality at some of the leading patient care systems in the country and through some consortia.

BREAKING NEWS: Trump Administration’s Proposed Federal Budget Includes a 17.9-Percent Budget Cut to HHS

March 16, 2017  |  Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
In its fiscal-year 2018 proposed budget, which included few details, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed a $15.1 billion annual funding cut to the Department of Health and Human Services

Mount Sinai Asthma Study Demonstrates Potential of Smartphones for Clinical Observational Research

March 13, 2017  |  David Raths
Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York today published results from a study of asthma patients conducted entirely via iPhone using the Apple ResearchKit framework.

New Survey-Based Report Looks at Staffing and Work-Hours Patterns Among HIT Professionals

March 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
Last month, Pivot Point Consulting released a report on trends in hiring, staffing, and work-hours trends among health IT professionals, providing a glimpse of the major trends affecting the HIT job market


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