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Insurers face tougher oversight on protecting data

By Bob Herman  |  April 25, 2015

New national guidelines indicate health insurers will face tougher regulatory scrutiny over how they protect customers from data breaches. But the guidance likely won't do much to prevent cyberattacks in the first place.

ONC outlines plans to curb EHR 'blocking'

By Darius Tahir  |  April 11, 2015

A government report released last week slammed providers and health information technology vendors for a pattern of business practices that are effectively blocking the easy transfer of electronic health records.

Clinical data hack could haunt Premera customers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 21, 2015

The cyberattack against Premera Blue Cross disclosed last week affects significantly fewer people than the Anthem hack revealed last month. But the hacked Premera data could have greater value and cause more damage to customers.

New app aids Mount Sinai asthma research

New app aids Mount Sinai asthma research

By Darius Tahir  |  March 21, 2015

Mount Sinai Hospital had been working closely with mobile application developer LifeMap Solutions since the New York City-based firm was launched last May. That closeness paid off when an unexpected opportunity arrived.

Innovations | IT firm lets providers share clinical protocols

Innovations | IT firm lets providers share clinical protocols

By Darius Tahir  |  March 07, 2015

Apervita CEO Paul Magelli had quadruple bypass surgery at the Mayo Clinic nine years ago and felt he wanted to pay Mayo back for saving his life. He thinks he's doing that by helping disseminate Mayo's clinical knowledge—along with similar “big data” tools from other prestigious...

Health lawyers meet to mull antitrust ruling, data security

By Paul Demko  |  February 28, 2015

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the blockbuster King v. Burwell case in Washington, healthcare lawyers will assemble in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to discuss other important and contentious legal topics at the American Bar Association's Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law...

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 31, 2015

Federal health information technology policymakers will turn up the pressure this year on healthcare providers, electronic health-record systems developers and health information- exchange operators to connect their computer systems and share patient data across the nation.

Boosting the right kind of innovation

Boosting the right kind of innovation

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 24, 2015

Nearly two decades ago, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen coined the phrase “disruptive innovation” to describe new technologies that transform industries by bringing simplicity and affordability to products and processes that are complicated and high cost.

ASCO readies big-data cancer quality initiative

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 21, 2015

A handful of cancer centers and their professional society are about to launch a big-data cancer quality initiative that will unlock previously inaccessible information on cancer care using millions of electronic health records.

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