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National Interoperability Collaborative to Focus on Multi-Sector Data Sharing

the National Interoperability Collaborative has been formed to advance the use of interoperability and data-sharing in healthcare, human services and related fields.

St. Luke’s University Health Network Gets Stage 7 EMR Recognition

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN), based in Bethlehem, Pa., has been awarded by HIMSS Analytics with its Stage 7 designation, the highest recognition for electronic medical record (EMR) adoption.

FCC Releases Data Update on Broadband Mapping Tool

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force announced updates to its Mapping Broadband Health in America platform. The 2017 platform now reflects the latest complete annual fixed broadband dataset from the Commission and updated health data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings.

Pew Calls on Congress to Ensure Proper Funding for ONC

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ manager of health IT has written a letter to lawmakers urging them to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ 2018 funding not be cut as outlined in President Trump’s recent budget proposal.

Black Book: Leading EHR Vendors Now Fully Investing in Population Health Management

Ninety percent of healthcare leaders said that future population health management (PHM) systems will essentially be projected to perform as next-generation patient accounting systems, according to a recent Black Book report.

Microsoft Donates Data Analysis Tool to Aid Research into SIDS

A team of data scientists from Microsoft Corp. donated a new research tool to Seattle Children's Research Institute, one of the top five pediatric research centers in the United States, to aid medical research into sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Healthcare Executives Forecast Significant Savings from Use of Predictive Analytics

More than half of health payer and healthcare provider executives believe that predictive analytics will save their organizations 15 percent or more of their total budget over the next five years, according to survey findings from the Society of Actuaries.

Report: 15 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Running Outdated Operating Systems

A study that spanned 20 different industries found that 2,000 organizations run more than 50 percent of their computers on outdated versions of an operating system, making them almost three times as likely to experience a publicly disclosed breach, according at a new report from BitSight.

Report: Hospitals Concerned with Clinical Communication during Patient Discharges

Ninety-five percent of hospitals in a recent survey expressed concerns about communication inefficiencies during the patient discharge process.

Surescripts Touts Interoperability Success in 2016 Progress Report

Surescripts released its 2016 National Progress Report today, June 7, which revealed that 10.9 billion secure health transactions took place in 2016 via its network—a 12 percent increase from 2015—including 1.6 billion e-prescriptions.

Survey: 26 Percent of Hospitals Have Adopted Precision Medicine

Nearly 70 percent of organizations with plans to conduct precision medicine intend to do so within the next 12 to 24 months, according to a recent HIMSS Analytics report.

ONC Names Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners

ONC has announced the winners of the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, a contest that called on stakeholders to use ONC’s Model Privacy Notice (MPN) template.

First Members Chosen for International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) has elected the first class of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI), and the membership includes a strong contingency of more than 30 informaticists from the United States.

‘All of Us’ Precision Medicine Initiative Begins Enrolling Beta Testers

The National Institutes of Health’s precision medicine initiative, All of Us, has begun enrolling beta testers.

Mayo Clinic, 2bPrecise Partner on Genomics-Based Care Protocols

Mayo Clinic has formed a collaboration with precision medicine platform vendor 2bPrecise to develop genomics-based care protocols.