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CMS Extends MU Reporting Deadline for Eligible Physicians

Following the path it set for eligible hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a new deadline of March 13 for Meaningful Use attestation for eligible professionals (EPs).

NIST Testing Supports Safe Practice Recommendations for Copy-and-Paste in EHRs

A new report released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows support for two safe practice recommendations for the use of copy-and-paste in electronic health records (EHRs).

The Sequoia Project Adds Six New Members to Board of Directors

Two government liaisons and four health IT industry leaders will join the board of directors of the Vienna, Va.-based The Sequoia Project, a non-profit organization focused on nationwide health data sharing.

IU School of Medicine Launches Startup to Commercialize Pediatric Care Software

Two senior leaders of the Indiana University School of Medicine have launched a startup to commercialize software targeting improvement in pediatric patient care.

Report: Healthcare IT Security Spending is Up, But So Are Data Breaches

Eighty-one percent of senior IT security executives at healthcare organizations anticipate IT security spending increases in the next 12 months, yet, at the same time, successful data breaches are also up significantly. These were the findings of a recent survey conducted by Thales, a data security and information systems solutions provider, which point to an ongoing disconnect between the security solutions organizations spend money on and the ability of those solutions to protect sensitive data.

UC Berkeley Awarded $3.6M NIH Grant to Apply Big Data to Infectious Disease Surveillance

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant to the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases.

IBM Report: Insider Threats, Malicious Data Input Pose Biggest Risks to PHI

According to a new healthcare data security report from IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) data, insiders were responsible for 68 percent of all network attacks targeting healthcare data in 2016

Jupiter Medical Center Becomes First Community Hospital to Deploy Watson for Oncology

Florida-based Jupiter Medical Center will adopt Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, becoming the first U.S. community hospital to adopt the cognitive computing platform.

Georgia Tech Demonstrates VA Digital Health Platform in Proof-of-Concept

The Georgia Institute of Technology led a proof-of-concept demonstration for a digital health platform (DHP) for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration as part of the VA’s plan to advance electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, data exchange and data integration for veteran care.

Toronto-Based Hospital Gets HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award

Toronto-based North York General Hospital (NYGH), a community academic hospital, has been named a 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient for its diverse use of health IT to improve patient outcomes.

NIH Announces Funding Opportunity for PMI Cohort Recruitment Efforts

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated $15 million in funding over the next three years, $5 million per year, for recruitment and outreach efforts for the All of Us Research Program, formerly the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

HITRUST Developing ‘Threat Catalog’ to Enhance Healthcare Cybersecurity

The non-profit HITRUST Alliance has announced it is developing a risk-based framework, called the Threat Catalogue, to aid healthcare organizations in improving their information security posture by better aligning cyber threats with HITRUST CSF risk factors and controls.

OCR Fines Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2M Due to HIPAA Non-Compliance

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has fined Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2 million due to a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) breach that resulted in the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).

FCC Launches Advisory Committee to Help Close Nation’s Digital Divide

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee to explore ways to accelerate deployment of high-speed Internet access nationwide and to close the digital divide.

HL7 Teams with Healthcare Services Platform Consortium on FHIR Development

Standards organization HL7 has announced a collaboration agreement with the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium a nonprofit group working toward the development of an open ecosystem of interoperable applications, content and services.