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Media Report: HHS Cybersecurity Initiative Stalled Due to Contracting Investigation

A healthcare-specific cybersecurity communication center within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now at the center of an investigation into contracting irregularities and possible fraud allegations, according to a report by Politico.

FDA Approves First Pill with Digital Ingestion Tracking System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite, a drug to treat schizophrenia, bipolar and depression in adults, has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken.

Over 40 U.S. States Pursuing Value-Based Payment Programs, Report Finds

Alternative payment programs are becoming entrenched in state-level healthcare policy, according to a new study from Change Healthcare, which found that at least 40 states are pursuing value-based payment programs, with 15 multi-payer initiatives across those states.

Survey: 81 Percent of Patients would Encourage Docs to Use HIE

A survey of 1,000 consumers in Western New York has revealed that 81 percent of patients would recommend HEALTHeLINK, the region’s health information exchange (HIE), to their doctors.

AMA President: “We’re Fighting to Prevent Information Blocking”

In his address at the AMA Interim Meeting this weekend, AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D., said that his association is fighting to prevent data blocking, and to improve the usability of EHRs (electronic health records), mobile devices and interoperability.

AHIMA Develops Tip Sheet to Help Docs Document Opioid Abuse

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) released an opioid addition documentation tip sheet to help healthcare providers better document the use and abuse of opioids.

Study: Advanced Cancer Patients Prefer Oncologists Not Use EHRs in the Exam Room

Patients with advanced cancer prefer that their oncologists communicate with them face-to-face with just a notepad in hand rather than repeatedly using a computer while in the exam room, results from a new study show.

Texas Medical Center Launches $25 Million Venture Fund

The Texas Medical Center, based in Houston, has launched TMC Venture Fund, a $25 million initiative designed to support early-stage companies developing technologies in the healthcare space.

NIH Awards $9M for Data Commons Pilot Phase

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.

Cybersecurity Threats Top ECRI Institute’s List of Health Tech Hazards

Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats, endoscope reprocessing failures and missed alarms are among the top health technology hazards healthcare provider organizations need to be aware of in the coming year, according to a list released this week by the ECRI Institute.

Health IT Now Supports House’s Passage of VETS Act

The Health IT Now coalition has released a statement supporting the House’s passage of the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act), bipartisan legislation that aims to expand telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

More Hospitals are Voluntarily Submitting eCQM Data, Report Finds

The number of U.S. hospitals that voluntarily submitted eCQM (electronic clinical quality measure) data has increased significantly in the last year, according to the Joint Commission’s 2017 annual report.

ONC Names Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Winners

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the winners of the federal agency’s Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge.

Texas Company Raises $10M to Expand On-Demand Healthcare Service

Ranger Health, a San Antonio-based, on-demand healthcare service and technology company, has raised $10 million in a Series A round of investment.

Report: Most States Fail with Healthcare Price, Quality Transparency

Most states fail to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed healthcare choices and even fewer provide data on the price and quality of care together, according to a new report.

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