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Healthcare IT

Competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

Competition is rising, and that's not a bad thing

Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, discusses value-based reimbursement, the importance of comprehensive EHRs with information-technology interoperability and challenges from insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act. He spoke with Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner

Susannah Fox named first woman CTO at HHS

Susannah Fox named first woman CTO at HHS

The longtime Pew Research Center expert on the impact of health information technology and social media on patient engagement and consumers will take over as HHS's top technology adviser.

CMS plans new website to better track fraud

The CMS wants to launch a system to track enforcement actions against Medicare providers over questionable claims. Fraud costs the federal government an estimated $60 billion to $90 billion annually.

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

A national conversion from magnetic strip-based credit and debit cards to cards embedded with security enhancing computer chips is already underway and could prove a boon to providers, after some upfront costs and hassles.

Experts urge swift call for help to investigate data breaches

IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.

CareFirst's data hoarding widened reach of breach

CareFirst's data hoarding widened reach of breach

The sophisticated cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and the record-breaking hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have a narrower impact if companies didn't retain customer data for so long, experts say.

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