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Is Capitol Hill leaning toward relaxing healthcare privacy regs?
By Darius Tahir | July 25, 2014
Capitol Hill's recent focus on digital health has seen bands of witnesses testifying about what policies might enable more innovation in the sector. A significant number of those witnesses agree: Rethinking healthcare policy rules is one potential target.
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Google's new moonshot project: The human body
By Wall Street Journal | July 25, 2014
Google has embarked on what may be its most ambitious science project ever: a quest inside the human body. Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular data from 175 people—and later thousands more—and use Google's massive computing power to find...
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South Carolina medical center warns patients of data breach
By Index-Journal (Greenwood, S.C.) | July 25, 2014
Officials at Greenwood, S.C.-based Self Regional Healthcare are still grappling with a Memorial Day weekend break-in at one of its administrative complexes that put hundreds of patients’ personal information at risk. A security breach occurred May 25 when two thieves broke into the Support...
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Cerner's rising profits and bookings boost outlook
By Rachel Landen | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cerner Corp. continues to benefit as hospitals and physician practices face increasing pressure to integrate information technology into healthcare delivery and the measurement of its quality and costs.
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Going public has its price for IMS, prompting Q2 loss of $220 million
By Rachel Landen | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Several one-time charges for IMS Health Holdings left the company with a $220 million second-quarter net loss despite a boost to revenue driven by double-digit growth in technology services.
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Rhode Island Women & Infants Hospital to pay $150K for data breach
By Boston.com | July 24, 2014
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island will pay $150,000 to settle data breach allegations that affected more than 12,000 Massachusetts patients.
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Bogus exchange applications resulted in coverage, GAO says
By Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A day after federal appellate courts issued conflicting rulings about whether individuals who obtain coverage through the federal exchange are eligible for subsidies, a House subcommittee heard about another aspect of health insurance subsidies, namely that it's apparently easy to obtain them under...
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More digital health startups chosen for NYC accelerator
By Crain's New York Business | July 23, 2014
Seven digital health companies have been selected from among 138 applicants to be part of the second class in the New York Digital Health Accelerator.
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M-Modal expects to emerge from bankruptcy in coming weeks
By John N. Frank | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Franklin, Tenn.-based medical transcription technology company M-Modal says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in the next three weeks. M-Modal filed for bankruptcy protection in March, less than two years after it was acquired for a reported $1.1 billion by an investment unit linked to JP Morgan...
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Healthcare technology raises additional privacy issues
By eWeek | July 23, 2014
The proliferation of fitness devices like the Fitbit, health-monitoring applications and advancements in social media and mobile device technology provide new opportunities for healthcare providers, but also raise some pertinent privacy issues, according to a report from the California HealthCare...
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