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Patient data is a hot commodity. Here's how third parties (legitimately) get ahold of it.

April 10, 2018


Health IT advances make it increasingly easy to share de-identified patient data, but some experts warn the practice carries privacy and security concerns.

You can now use Apple's medical records app at 300 US hospitals

March 30, 2018


Apple's medical records feature is now available to all iPhone users with iOS 11.3 who receive care at one of 39 participating health systems, representing hundreds of hospitals.

How Google Cloud wants to improve medical data analysis

March 8, 2018


Google Cloud's new Cloud Healthcare application programming interface aims to address interoperability challenges by giving providers a way to centralize and organize different types of patient data and use it for analytics and machine learning.

CMS announced 3 new interoperability initiatives. Here's what you need to know.

March 7, 2018


While it is unclear whether the new initiatives will improve health care interoperability, experts say the efforts—which focus on consumers, Medicare beneficiaries, and regulatory burdens on providers—are a good first step.

Azar: HHS is making price transparency, value-based payments a real priority

March 6, 2018


HHS Secretary Alex Azar says the United States' transition toward value-based payments in health care "is still far from reaching its potential," adding, "that transition needs to accelerate dramatically."

Class-action lawsuit claims Allscripts failed to protect against ransomware attack

January 30, 2018


Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics' class-action lawsuit against electronic health record system vendor Allscripts claims that Allscripts was aware of deficiencies that made it vulnerable to a ransomware attack but failed to address those issues, ultimately leaving the company's systems open to a SamSam ransomware attack that affected providers earlier this month.

Apple is bringing medical records to iPhones. Here’s what you need to know.

January 25, 2018


The new feature, which will be made available to consumers today, will allow users to automatically download, store, and share parts of their medical records.

ONC releases draft framework to improve health data sharing

January 9, 2018


Ashley Thompson, the American Hospital Association's senior vice president for public policy and development, says the draft framework is "a promising step in creating a more efficient infrastructure for sharing health information that is based on a network-of-networks approach and builds on existing efforts."

HHS will not align substance misuse data sharing rules with HIPAA—for now

January 4, 2018


Lucia Savage, chief privacy and regulatory officer at Omada Health and the former chief privacy officer at HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, says the final rule simplifies compliance with federal regulations, but overall the rules remain complicated and confusing.

CMS clarifies stance on texting patient orders

January 3, 2018


CMS says although health care providers are permitted to text certain patient information via secure text messaging platforms, they are not permitted to text patient orders, and instead should use Computerized Provider Order Entry to submit patient orders.

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