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FDA seeks EHR system to aid in research on adverse events

May 10, 2018


FDA says it is seeking to implement an electronic health record system that the agency can use to examine the "safety and surveillance of FDA regulated products" by reviewing and analyzing Veterans Affairs health records and other data for adverse reactions to medications.

Telehealth, transportation, and more: How CMS plans to improve rural health

May 9, 2018


CMS' first-ever rural health strategy outlines five objectives that aim to improve access to high-quality and affordable care for the approximately 60 million people who live in rural regions of the United States.

Fitbit just teamed up with Google. Here's how it could affect your medical records.

May 4, 2018


Fitbit plans to use Google's new Cloud Healthcare API platform to connect the Fitbit's user-generated data with electronic health records.

CMS wants to overhaul meaningful use, make hospitals post prices. Here's how.

April 25, 2018


CMS' inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2019 includes plans to overhaul the meaningful use program and improve hospital price transparency.

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.

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