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President Trump Names Eric Hargan as Acting HHS Secretary

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Eric Hargan will serve as acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ONC Announces Secure API Server Showdown Challenge

ONC has announced a new challenge that will invite interested stakeholders to build secure FHIR servers using current industry standards and best practices.

Survey: Patients Increasingly Using Patient Portals to Access Health Records

Four out of five consumers take advantage of their healthcare provider’s patient portal, according to a 2016 survey on consumer access to health information released by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Data Breach at Home Monitoring Company Exposes 150K Patients’ Files

Security researchers have uncovered a data breach linked to a healthcare services company, Patient Home Monitoring Corporation (PHM), in which patient files of some 150,000 Americans were exposed.

Market Report: Telehealth Vendors Need to Improve Integration with EMRs

Within the telehealth vendor market, American Well and Avizia are currently the most widely adopted, yet very few virtual care vendors have delivered on their promises of integration, according to a new market report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.

Healthcare Providers Moving Forward with Telehealth, Despite Reimbursement, Cost Concerns

Almost 60 percent of healthcare provider organizations with telehealth programs plan to expand the number of service lines or specialties served, and the organizations report patient convenience among the top benefits, according to a study released by KLAS Research and CHIME.

Avizia Acquires Virtual Care Provider Carena

Avizia, a Reston, Va.-based telehealth solutions provider, has announced it has acquired Carena, a Seattle-based leading virtual care provider.

Healthcare Execs Rank Analytics, Value-Based Payments as Top Challenges

Healthcare executives identified clinical and data analytics and population health services organizations as the top challenges they will face in 2018, according to a survey by the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG).

New Bill to Tackle Medical Device Cybersecurity

New legislation from two Republican lawmakers looks to lay out a cybersecurity framework which protects sensitive healthcare information from cyber attacks.

University of Michigan Launches New Precision Health Research Initiative

The University of Michigan, based in Ann Arbor, has launched a new Precision Health initiative in which researchers across campus will combine biomedical expertise with big data and social science approaches to tailor health solutions for the population.

Consumers Optimistic that EMRs will Improve Patient Care

About three-fourths of consumers in a recent survey believe that electronic medical records (EMRs) will improve the quality of healthcare in general.

Committee Created to Guide California’s Precision Medicine Initiative

In April 2015 Gov. Edmund Brown announced the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM), the first state-level effort to fund focused precision medicine projects to improve care and treatment for specific diseases. Last week Brown established an advisory committee on precision medicine to guide that effort.

UMMC, MUSC Recognized as Telehealth Centers of Excellence

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within HHS, has designated the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina as the only two national Telehealth Centers of Excellence.

Gartner: Digitalization, Tech Innovation Changing the Jobs of CIOs

Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI) will significantly change how CIOs do their jobs in the near future, according to new research from Gartner.

Precision Medicine Programs Becoming a High Priority for Health Systems

A recent survey of health system leaders has revealed that developing a precision medicine program within their organization has become an important priority.

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