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Don't just donate your organs: Donate your data, scientists plead

July 2, 2018

Medical scientists increasingly want patients to donate massive amounts of sensitive personal information, from electronic health records to DNA data, either during their lives or after their deaths—but the modern age presents several unanswered questions around how this sensitive data will be used and whether scientists are prepared to keep the information safe.

Google's latest ambition: Predicting when patients will die

June 22, 2018

Google's new artificial intelligence system can predict a range of potential patient outcomes, including when a patient might die.

WHO releases draft of ICD-11

June 20, 2018

The World Health Organization releases a draft of its latest International Classification of Diseases—a compendium of about 55,000 unique codes for causes of death, diseases, and injuries.

Lawmakers approve dozens of bills to address opioid epidemic

June 18, 2018

The House, which last week considered nearly 40 bills intended to address the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to continue voting on opioid-related legislation this week.

How states can use federal Medicaid funds to combat the opioid epidemic, according to CMS

June 13, 2018

Two new CMS documents detail ways states can access federal Medicaid resources to help address the opioid epidemic.

Who's your emergency contact? Medical researchers want to know—but bioethicists are worried.

June 12, 2018

Researchers at several prominent New York City-based hospitals are using patients' emergency contact information to build family trees in hopes of using the data to improve care—but one bioethicist says the practice is unethical.

EHR vendor prevails in SCOTUS case regarding employee arbitration clauses

May 23, 2018

The lawsuit, which involves electronic health records vendor Epic, centers on whether employers are allowed to use arbitration clauses in employee contracts to prohibit workers from coming together in a class-action lawsuit to challenge potential labor law violations.

VA signs contract with Cerner to replace its EHR system

May 21, 2018

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie says, "Signing this contract … is an enormous win for our nation's veterans."

Report says 'critical' issues with DOD's new EHR system could affect patient safety

May 16, 2018

A Department of Defense report flags "critical" issues with the department's new MHS Genesis electronic health record (EHR) system—which also is being considered to replace the current EHR system at Veterans Affairs.

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