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CMS names first chief data officer

CMS names first chief data officer

By Joseph Conn  |  November 19, 2014

The CMS has named Niall Brennan as essentially its first Big Data czar. He will head the new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics at the CMS.

Clinical trial presented to AHA may affect cardiac treatments

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 15, 2014

A handful of late-breaking clinical trials to be presented this week during the American Heart Association's annual scientific session in Chicago could significantly change the way cardiac patients are treated.

Google Flu Trends update shows underlying issues of big data

By Darius Tahir  |  November 03, 2014

A Google software engineer took to an official company blog last Friday to announce that the tech firm was changing its Flu Trends tool for the 2014-15 flu season. That's potentially good news for healthcare for at least two reasons. First, it presumably means that the healthcare community will be...

Could big data analytics help contain Ebola's spread?

By BBC  |  October 15, 2014

A growing number of data scientists believe big data analytics could help contain the spread of Ebola. They suggest data gleaned from social media, travel ports, and mobile phones, which are widely owned in even the poorest countries in Africa, can help track population movements and help health...

NIH invests $32 million in new big data initiative

By Darius Tahir  |  October 10, 2014

The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday grants of $32 million in fiscal 2014 to 12 new centers created to work on surmounting healthcare research challenges in working with increasingly complex biomedical data sets.

Big data, meet big money: NIH funds centers to crunch health data

By Los Angeles Times  |  October 10, 2014

Calling the world's wealth of health data a formidable "engine of discovery," the National Institutes of Health on Thursday awarded $32 million in grants in a bid to make huge biomedical data sets accessible to researchers the world over.

Hedge funds listen in on patient chats for pharma bets

By Bloomberg  |  October 02, 2014

On the Internet, people talk about everything, even their illnesses. Now, Wall Street is listening. In the data age, a handful of companies are packaging conversations on Facebook, Twitter and online patient forums to sell to drugmakers, insurers and hospitals eager to understand how people manage...

Pace of digital health funding slows in Q3

By Darius Tahir  |  October 01, 2014

About $700 million in venture funding flowed into the digital health sector during the third quarter, a report from prominent digital health accelerator Rock Health found. That represents a decline in the pace of growth in funding.

Systems serving low-income patients struggle under readmissions penalties

By Sabriya Rice  |  September 30, 2014

Hospitals with limited resources continue to struggle as they try to implement programs that drive down readmission rates, and federal penalties could potentially make matters worse, write the authors of a report published in the Joint Commission's Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work

By Reuters  |  September 15, 2014

Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple's HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker's ambitious take on healthcare will work in practice.

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