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Seven Companies, Four Individuals Indicted in Billion-Dollar Telemedicine Fraud Conspiracy

Four individuals and seven companies have been indicted in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced this week.

Anthem Agrees to Record Payment—$16M—for Largest U.S. Health Data Breach

Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to HHS' Office for Civil Rights to settle potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules violations in the largest U.S. health data breach in history.

Report: athenahealth Has Multiple Bidders for Sale of the Company

Watertown, Mass.-based health IT company athenahealth has attracted interest from at least five potential bidders for a possible sale of the company, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Minnesota DHS Acknowledges Increase in Targeted Phishing Attacks

Two phishing attacks on employees at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) resulted in the possible leakage of about 21,000 Minnesotans’ personal information.

Carequality Seeks Input on FHIR-Based Exchange

Carequality is seeking input from the healthcare community as it looks to add support for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource)-based exchange.

Social Determinants Data Project Wins Indiana Tech Challenge

A project involving social determinants of health data from Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI took home the top prize in the inaugural Indiana Inject Tech Challenge from BioCrossroads.

NLM’s Flatley Brennan to Receive AMIA’s Morris Collen Award

Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., director of the National Library of Medicine, will be awarded the 2018 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence by the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

Brigham Health’s Kachalia Takes Position Overseeing Patient Safety Initiatives at Johns Hopkins

Allen Kachalia, M.D., J.D., the chief quality officer and vice president for quality and safety at Brigham Health in Boston, will become the director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the senior vice president of patient safety and quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

KLAS Report: Behavioral Health EHR Vendors Demonstrate Poor Performance

The behavioral health electronic health record (EHR) vendor market has shown poor performance, to date, according to customers, who cite slow development, implementation challenges and lackluster customer support, according to a KLAS Research report.

Survey: Half of Providers Use Multiple CDS Solutions, Use Varies by Provider

While three-fourths of providers currently use some sort of clinical decision support (CDS) solution, more than half are using multiple solutions, which indicates there is still not one solution that is meeting all of providers’ needs, according to a Reaction Data survey.

DoD-Cerner MHS Genesis Project Moves onto New Site Locations

The Department of Defense (DoD) is moving onto a second set of site locations for its Cerner electronic health record (EHR) rollouts.

National Library of Medicine Names Clem McDonald Its Chief Health Data Standards Officer

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has named Clem McDonald, M.D., to the newly created position of chief health data standards officer.

NIH Expands Undiagnosed Diseases Network in Phase II

The National Institutes of Health is committing approximately $100 million to expand the work of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), which brings together clinical and research experts from across the United States to solve the most challenging medical mysteries using advanced technologies.

Despite HIPAA Law, Researchers Say Getting Medical Records Still is Burdensome

A recent study of 83 hospitals has revealed that there was noncompliance with federal regulations for formats of release and state regulations for request processing times.

New Report Examines Healthcare in the “Amazon Era”

Hospital business leaders are open, and even optimistic, about the benefits of innovation from non-traditional healthcare players, such as Amazon and Apple, according to a new report from Captains of Industry, a marketing consultancy.