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  1. CareFirst hit with class action lawsuit over May data breach

    One current and one former member of Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield are leading a class action lawsuit against the company following the May disclosure of a June 2014 cyberattack that exposed the data of more than 1 million current and former members, according to a Baltimore Sun report.  By Max Green -
  2. NIH awards research grants for incorporating DNA info into EHR

    The National Institutes of Health's National Genome Research Institute has awarded a dozen grants to various organizations in the interest of advancing research that focuses on incorporating DNA sequence information into EHRs.  By Max Green -
  3. Health IT tip of the day: Take advantage of the opportunities secure guest WiFi can offer

    Having users connect to facility-provided WiFi gives businesses an opportunity to present information, so long as the guest network is secure and operates independently of the hospital's network.  By Max Green -

Mitigating vital organ compromise 

Last year, Medtronic selected a number of hospitals which where geographically, demographically, and economically diverse, to participate in a comparative effectiveness analysis of cardiac surgery procedures using INVOS™ cerebral/somatic oximetry.
  1. International companies with ties to Mayo form new collaboration focused on cardiac treatment

    Celyad, a Belgium-based biopharmaceutical company, and Medisun, a Hong Kong-based medical investment group focused on regenerative medicine, are working together on a new $22.4 million venture, according to a Post Bulletin report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Arizona's statewide HIE to eliminate community provider fees

    The Network, Arizona's statewide health information exchange run by nonprofit Arizona Health-e Connection, will eliminate its fee for community providers beginning Oct. 1, according to a Healthcare Informatics report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Health IT startup to know: Kyruus

    Julie Yoo and Graham Gardner, MD, founded Kyruus, a physician referral management startup. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Judy Faulkner dresses as Lucille Ball for annual Epic meeting; athenahealth grows More Disruption Please program; Cerner inks three contracts — 7 health IT key notes

    Here are seven recent news updates on key health IT companies. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Improving Patient Pre-Op Preparation 

Having the right approach to patient preparation for surgery can reduce cancellations and delays in the surgery schedule, boost O.R. efficiency and case throughput, and ultimately enhance patient safety, metrics and surgeon satisfaction.
  1. Cerner enters strategic alignment with Glen Falls Hospital

    Glen Falls (N.Y.) Hospital has partnered with Cerner to integrate the hospital's facilities onto Cerner's EHR platform. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. SurveyVitals joins athenahealth's More Disruption Please marketplace

    SurveyVitals is the latest provider to join athenahealth's More Disruption Please marketplace. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. IT skills are impermanent in an evolving environment, says AOL CTO

    The skills IT workers have today may lose their luster and usefulness by tomorrow, was the message Seth Demsey, CTO of AOL Platforms, told the Wall Street Journal. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. Telemedicine offers 'modest' travel-related cost savings, VA study finds

    Certain patients under the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system qualify for travel reimbursement to get to and from appointments, which the government pays. According to a recent study in Telemedicine and e-Health, travel payments are projected to cost the VA approximately $1 billion in 2015, but telemedicine services may help reduce these costs. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  1. Oncology group pays $750k HIPAA violation settlement

    Indianapolis-based Cancer Care Group has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations with HHS' Office for Civil Rights following a 2012 data breach that compromised the protected health information of approximately 55,000 individuals. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. California, UC schools partner to establish cybersecurity coalition

    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed an executive order establishing the coalition to strengthen the state's cybersecurity efforts, including the California Cybersecurity Integratio Center and a multiagency Cyber Incident Response Team, according to The Daily Californian. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. The art of medicine in a digital world

    If you're like many physicians, you are increasingly driven by technology and your time to truly listen to your patients is being squeezed.  By Staff -
  4. Telemedicine: A Stanford specialist's dream come true

    Early in Dr. William Kennedy's tenure at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, he spent a lot of time on the road.  By Dr. William Kennedy, Chief of Pediatric Urology, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Children's Health -
  5. 2 EHRs stripped of ONC certification

    The ONC has terminated the certification of two EHR products that were being used to meet the requirements of the EHR Incentive Programs, saying the products no longer meet ONC Health IT Certification Program requirements. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  6. Salesforce aims to solve the EHR conundrum with Health Cloud

    With its new patient-relationship platform, Health Cloud, the San Francisco-based Salesforce hopes to offer an electronic record-keeping system that will revolutionize the way patient data is stored, accessed and integrated from multiple sources.  By Max Green -
  7. MGMA calls on CMS to extend MU reporting period to Q1 2016

    Due to concerns that medical groups will have insufficient time to transition their software and workflow to meet the revised requirements, ultimately leading to their inability to attest to meaningful use in 2015, the Englewood, Co.-based Medical Group Management Association is calling on CMS to extend the current MU reporting period into the first quarter of 2016.  By Max Green -
  8. Health IT tip of the day: Define your recovery time objective

    How long will it take your system or organization to bounce back when catastrophe strikes?  By Max Green -
  9. Greenway Health ranked top EHR vendor for PCPs

    Among primary care practices with at least six providers, Greenway Health's EHR is the top ranked on aggregate client experience and customer satisfaction scores, according to Black Book Rankings. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

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