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Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

By Associated Press  |  August 16, 2018

A special National Institutes of Health oversight panel will no longer review all gene therapy applications and will instead take on a broader advisory role, as the treatment quickly becomes an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks.

Best Buy to acquire GreatCall for $800 million

Best Buy to acquire GreatCall for $800 million

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 15, 2018

Best Buy is the latest consumer company to step further into healthcare. The consumer tech retailer will buy GreatCall, maker of mobile devices aimed at the aging population.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2018

Epic announces an "un-users group meeting," Apple wants to build health sensors and Twitter suspends Alex Jones.

Healthix drops IBM, turns to Verato for patient matching

Healthix drops IBM, turns to Verato for patient matching

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 14, 2018

The country's largest public health information exchange will use Verato's Universal MPI for referential patient matching, which it says will reduce uncertainty when linking patients to their health data.

Google, Amazon, others join interoperability push

Google, Amazon, others join interoperability push

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 13, 2018

Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Salesforce came together to push more comprehensive health data exchange, which they said will improve outcomes and lower costs.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 13, 2018

Doctors gaslight women, IBM continues to struggle with Watson and Facebook prohibits 3D-printed gun blueprints.

Week Ahead: Zika webinar planned by the CDC

Week Ahead: Zika webinar planned by the CDC

By Matthew Weinstock  |  August 11, 2018

There's no shortage of webinars focused on public health issues this week, including Zika, preparing for infectious disease outbreaks on public transit, and better explaining genomics to patients.

The CMS pushes for simpler EHR requirements for ACO physicians

The CMS pushes for simpler EHR requirements for ACO physicians

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 10, 2018

ACOs would have to attest every year that a certain percentage of their eligible clinicians are using EHRs that meet 2015 Edition certification requirements, a move that would more closely align requirements with those of the Quality Payment Program.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 10, 2018

Mental healthcare chatbots, a fibromyalgia-spotting AI tool, and magic sand.

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