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Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

Smartphone apps are the latest tools to emerge from the intersection of healthcare and Silicon Valley, where tech companies are working on ways of bringing patients and doctors together online, applying massive computing power to analyze DNA and even developing "smart" pills for detecting cancer.

Texas medical center keeps its focus on process improvement

Texas medical center keeps its focus on process improvement

The UT Southwestern Medical Center is on a roll. Last year, it expanded its presence in the fast-growing Dallas market by opening an $800 million hospital complex. President Dr. Daniel Podolsky discusses the system's expansion plans and technology's role in process improvement.

Senate panel will push HHS to delay Stage 3 MU rules

Senate panel will push HHS to delay Stage 3 MU rules

The Senate HELP Committee wants to delay Stage 3 meaningful-use rules, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said during a news conference Thursday. It's one recommendation in an effort to get providers on board to adopt EHRs.

Got scribes? Study says they could make ED testing more exact

Scribes are more likely to query a health information exchange than doctors are. And that can lead to significant reductions in laboratory tests and radiology exams, according to a new study of more than 2,000 emergency department visits in three western New York hospitals.

Allscripts' preliminary Q2 revenue exceeds expectations

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a Chicago-based electronic health-record vendor, expects record second-quarter bookings in a range of $255 million to $260 million. Bookings grew between 9% and 12% year over year and experienced an increase of 6% year-over-year growth.

Blues plans will offer free, perpetual credit and fraud protection

Blues plans will offer free, perpetual credit and fraud protection

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, reacting to a series of massive cyberattacks that exposed millions of their customers' personally identifiable records, will offer free and continuous credit monitoring and fraud protection services to all of their 106 million members.

Bogus enrollees kept getting 'Obamacare'

Bogus enrollees kept getting 'Obamacare'

A GAO report revealing phony applicants enrolled on HealthCare.gov and got subsidies two years in a row is raising questions about whether the site can detect fraud a day before a Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on the performance of the site used to buy coverage through the ACA.

Senate Committee probes HealthCare.gov performance

Senate Committee probes HealthCare.gov performance

A Senate panel on Thursday will probe whether HealthCare.gov's glitches are fixed. Republicans are skeptical of Andy Slavitt, who was hired to fix HealthCare.gov after its disastrous launch and is now President Barack Obama's pick to run the agency responsible for it.

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