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Elliott Management Makes $7 Billion Takeover Offer for athenahealth

May 7, 2018  | 
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Investment firm Elliott Management has proposed acquiring Watertown, Mass.-based health IT vendor athenahealth in a deal worth nearly $7 billion.

Fitbit Strikes Deal with Google to Develop Consumer, Enterprise Health Solutions

May 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Fitbit intends to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to help the company integrate further into the healthcare system, such as by connecting user data with electronic medical records (EMR).

Beth Israel Deaconess Launches Innovation Lab

May 3, 2018  |  David Raths
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Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has launched a Health Technology Exploration Center (HTEC) to explore new and emerging technologies.

One Consultant’s Take on GDPR and How It Raises the Stakes for U.S. Healthcare Organizations

April 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect May 25. John Barchie, a senior fellow at Arrakis Consulting, discusses the implications for U.S. healthcare organizations and what steps organizations should be taking now to be GDPR-compliant.

St. Jude Launches Cloud-Based Genomics Data Platform for Researchers

April 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced this week the launch of St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides researchers access to what St. Jude describes as the world's largest public repository of pediatric...

Survey: 69 Percent of Providers Plan to Move More Data to the Cloud

April 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Most healthcare providers store sensitive data, such as electronic protected health information (ePHI), personally identifiable information (PII) and financial data, in the cloud, yet only a few of them have pervasive visibility into who is accessing that data,...

Can CDs Be Eliminated From the Image-Sharing Process?

April 5, 2018  |  David Raths
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The dream of imaging informatics executives is to get CD-ROMs out of the workflow. But they are stubbornly persistent — like fax machines in physician offices.

Arizona ACO Pilots Blockchain Platform to Improve Clinical Outcomes, Reduce Costs

March 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Arizona Care Network, a Phoenix-based accountable care organization (ACO), plans to pilot a blockchain technology platform developed by Solve.Care with the aim of improving clinical outcomes, relieving healthcare’s administrative burdens, and reducing waste...

EXCLUSIVE: Allscripts’ CEO Paul Black on Interoperability, Cloud Technology and Bringing Machine Learning to the EHR

March 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Allscripts' CEO Paul Black talks about the company’s latest developments to incorporate machine learning into the EHR, interoperability efforts and how the company is helping providers and government and public health leaders address the opioid crisis.

Inovalon to Acquire Ability Network for $1.2 Billion

March 7, 2018  |  David Raths
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Inovalon, a healthcare data analytics company, has agreed to acquire privately held Ability Network for $1.2 billion in cash and stock.

Technology Leader Eric Schmidt tells HIMSS18 Attendees the Future of Computing Is on Our Doorstep

March 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Eric Schmidt, best known as the former executive chairman of Google, shared with HIMSS Conference attendees his vision of a truly connected, fully AI-assisted learning healthcare system, in his opening keynote speech at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas

Risk Management is Maturing, But Cybersecurity Gaps Still Loom, Report Finds

March 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A new cybersecurity survey released this week finds that healthcare’s approach to cybersecurity is maturing, with more providers adopting cybersecurity frameworks, yet the average level of IT security spend has remained flat over the last three years.

Ochsner Health System Adopts New AI-Powered Early Warning System

February 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Ochsner Health System, Louisiana’s largest academic healthcare system, has launched new artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help treat patients more proactively as part of a new early warning system.

What Do Zero Footprint Image Viewers Have to do with Kidneys?

February 23, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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The National Kidney Foundation, in conjunction with GE Healthcare is using zero footprint viewer technology to improve transplant image accessibility.

Boston Children's Accelerates Data-Driven Approach to Clinical Research

February 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In an effort to bring a more data-driven approach to clinical research, Boston Children’s Hospital has joined the TriNetX global health research network.

Rethinking the Multi-Institution Clinical Data Repository

February 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The evolution in approach at Health Sciences South Carolina may signal a sea change in how large clinical data repositories work.

PODCAST: Former Starbucks CIO and Innovator Discusses Strategic Frameworks for Piloting New Tech Initiatives

February 14, 2018  |  Adam Armstrong
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In this installment of the Healthcare Informatics podcast we visit with former Starbucks Chief Information Officer and Founder of the Healthcare Technology innovation and consultancy group Symbotix, Ted DellaVecchia, as he describes the innovation imperative...

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Launches Ambitious Roadmap

February 7, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has unveiled a strategic roadmap involving more than two dozen projects to be launched in 2018 and developed over the next one to three years, laying the groundwork for real-world genomic data sharing by 2022.

In San Diego, a Rigorous Look at What’s Being Learned from the WannaCry and NotPETYA Attacks

February 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Friday at the Health IT Summit in San Diego, healthcare IT security leaders parsed some of the dramatic cyberattacks of the past year, and what’s been learned from them—and where CIOs, CISOs and their colleagues need to go from here

Report: In New Digital Environments, Data Breaches are the Norm

January 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The rush to embrace new digital environments across many industries has created more attack surfaces and new risks for data that need to be offset by data security controls, according to a new report.

CIO Survey: FHIR is a Potential Game Changer, Blockchain Overhyped

January 23, 2018  | 
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Half of surveyed CIOs cited HL7’s FHIR as the technology with the most potential to make a tangible, positive impact in the next two years, while almost half of respondents view blockchain as the most overhyped emerging technology right now.

Healthcare IT: Where Did it Come From and Where is it Going?

January 11, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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Dan Brown's book, Origin, offers some interesting insight on where cognitive computing is taking healthcare IT

Marin General’s Jason Johnson: Culture is Key to Hospital Information Security

January 2, 2018  |  David Raths
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Jason Johnson, manager of information security at Marin General Hospital in California, is working to develop a strong focus on culture and learning rather than just technology solutions.

GE Healthcare, Intel Partner to Improve Digital Imaging Technology

December 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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GE Healthcare announced an expanded partnership with Intel that aims to enhance patient care and reduce costs for hospitals and health systems using digital imaging solutions, deployed via edge and cloud technologies.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

December 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.

RSNA 2017: The Year of Image Augmentation

December 5, 2017  |  Joe Marion
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RSNA 2017 is now history. What were some interesting takeaways for healthcare IT?

Optum Launches $250M Venture Fund to Invest in Digital Health Firms

November 29, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Optum, the health services business of UnitedHealth Group, announced this week the launch of Optum Ventures, a $250 million venture fund focused on investing in startup and early-stage companies in the digital health care space.

Media Report: Amazon Web Services, Cerner Working on Healthcare Deal

November 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud service business, is reportedly in the late stages of talks with Cerner on a project that will involve the health technology company’s population health solution, HealtheIntent, according to a media report from CNBC.

NIH Awards $9M for Data Commons Pilot Phase

November 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The NIH has doled out 12 awards totaling $9 million to launch its Data Commons pilot phase, which will explore the feasibility and best practices for making digital objects available through collaborative platforms.

In Record-Breaking Hurricane Season, U.S. HIE Leaders Understand What’s at Stake

October 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the wake of two recent U.S. hurricanes, HIE leaders around the nation, even in those areas that were not affected, watched with eager eyes how their colleagues took a hands-on role during the emergencies.

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