Boost the right kind of innovation

Boost 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.

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

By Darius Tahir  |  January 24, 2015

Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.

Added protections for consumer information on

By Associated Press  |  January 24, 2015

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

AMA-led group asks feds to redo EHR testing program

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2015

The American Medical Association is calling for an overhaul of a federal program to test and certify electronic health-record systems for suitability in the EHR incentive-payment program. Its request has been joined by 34 other medical specialty societies and healthcare professional organizations.

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

By Robert Slepin  |  January 23, 2015

Merger-and-acquisition deals among healthcare providers continue unabated. Assuming bigger means better, health systems are merging, acquiring or affiliating with other hospitals and medical groups, forming larger integrated delivery networks. To maximize value and minimize risk from these...

ONC fills new job targeting EHR interoperability

ONC fills new job targeting EHR interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 22, 2015

HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has hired its first chief information officer as the agency shifts its focus toward improving the interoperability of electronic health-record systems.

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.

Healthcare tiptoes into net-neutrality debate

By Darius Tahir  |  January 21, 2015

Healthcare may be joining the net-neutrality fight. The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, the mHealth Regulatory Coalition and the Health IT Now Coalition want the Federal Communications Commission to reject the most stringent possible rules being considered to guarantee net neutrality.

IOM report on sharing clinical trial data met with skepticism

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 17, 2015

Last week, the Institute of Medicine urged major changes in data-sharing practices to make it easier for independent researchers to compare therapies. Some experts have hailed the report as a big step toward transparency, but many remain skeptical.

Merck exec moves to CareMore

Merck exec moves to CareMore

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 16, 2015

Dr. Sachin Jain has been appointed chief medical officer at Cerritos, Calif.-based CareMore Health System, an Anthem subsidiary that offers Medicare Advantage plans and operates about 50 care facilities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Virginia.

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