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  • 10 Aug 2015 4:15 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    The Center for Brain Health at NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Chicago area is relying on the health system’s informatics infrastructure to help neurologists identify patients at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s.


  • 07 Aug 2015 10:18 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Life as a Healthcare CIO - John Halamka, MD - August 5, 2015

    EKG machines, IV pumps, and radiology workstations are all computers, often running un-patched old operating systems, ancient Java virtual machines, and old web servers that no one should currently have deployed in production.


  • 07 Aug 2015 10:09 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Mathew J. Schwartz  • HealthcareInfoSecurity • August 6, 2015

    Based on glowing reviews and rapid adoption, the new Windows 10 operating system may give Microsoft the market "win" that it's been desperately seeking. But whether the new OS represents a win or loss for users' privacy and security remains an open question.


  • 06 Aug 2015 10:23 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Modern Healthcare, by Bob Herman  | August 6, 2015

    Global computing powerhouse IBM plans to acquire Chicago-based Merge Healthcare for $1 billion, a clear sign that IBM wants to grow its healthcare footprint further through its Watson technology.

    Merge, a publicly traded company that makes the technology behind medical imaging systems, will be bought out for $7.13 per share. The deal is expected to close by the end of this year.

    IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y., made its big splash into healthcare earlier this year after it bought Explorys, a cloud-based analytics company, from the Cleveland Clinic. IBM's Watson division also partnered with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic to collect and analyze healthcare and medical device data.
  • 05 Aug 2015 10:06 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    MobiHealthNews, By: Aditi Pai | Aug 5, 2015       

    Boston-based healthcare analytics company Care at Hand has raised $560,000. The round was led by strategic investor PCG Public Partnerships, a financial management services firm that helps state, county, and local public agencies to implement a participant-directed service model so they can make personalized choices about which services they receive within their budgets.

    Care at HandCare at Hand offers a mobile early warning system for home care that aims to decrease readmissions and help home care workers who have less formal training to document health observations more easily.

    At an event earlier this year, the company’s founder, Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, discussed the main insight behind his company — that a lot of the care being provided right now to low income patients doesn’t come from doctors and nurses, but from nonclinical workers. By empowering these workers to alert the healthcare system to their hunches and observations about patients, provider systems can catch complications earlier and prevent readmissions.

    Care at Hand will give PCG Public Partnerships, a division of Public Consulting Group, the ability to provide direct care workers with an affordable means of exporting valuable “red flag” health-related events to case managers.

    The company has taken part in two accelerator programs. In April 2013, Care at Hand joined StartUp Health’s class of consumer health startups that were given mentorship and support from GE Healthcare. The company was also part of one of Rock Health’s first startup classes.

  • 05 Aug 2015 11:27 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)
    Beth Walsh, Clinical Innovation + Technology

    Aug 05, 2015

    In response to ongoing confusion about HIPAA, the Department of Health and Human Services has released a guide covering the basics of the law.

    The guide covers the definition of covered entities and business associates, what exactly is protected health information (PHI), details of the breach notification rule, resources for complying with the law and more.

    The guide also explains that the security rule relates to specific safeguards that covered entities and their business associates are required to implement to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of PHI.

    Access the guide.

  • 04 Aug 2015 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities - Update

    On July 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) released a joint statement about their efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS that allows for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting processes.

    In response to questions from the health care community, CMS has released “Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities,” which provides answers to the most commonly asked questions. Today CMS has reissued these Questions and Answers with revisions to questions 3 and 5.

    Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
    Visit the CMS ICD-10 website and for the latest news and resources to help you prepare.

  • 30 Jul 2015 9:54 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Healthcare Informatics, July 30, 2015 by Rajiv Leventhal

    The Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM and  CVS Health are partnering to use predictive analytics and Watson cognitive computing to improve care management services for patients with chronic disease.

    The partnership will aim enable healthcare practitioners, including those across the CVS Health enterprise, to use Watson to advance care management beyond programs and services typically available today. The offering would enable practitioners to quickly and easily gain insights from an unprecedented mix of health information sources such as medical health records, pharmacy and medical claims information, environmental factors, and fitness devices to help individuals stay on track with their care and meet health goals, officials say.

    The partnership also brings together IBM’s Watson Health Cloud and cognitive computing capabilities with both companies’ capability in predictive analytics and patient engagement.

    The offering will be made available to insurers and other entities serving the employer and health plan market and will focus on:

    • Helping to predict individuals at risk for declining health who may benefit from proactive, customized engagement programs;
    • Encouraging patients to adopt safe and healthy behaviors, including adherence to prescribed medicines and healthy lifestyle regimens; and
    • Suggesting appropriate use of cost-effective primary care and out-patient providers.

  • 30 Jul 2015 9:47 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Cerner Corp., joined up with defense computing contractor Leidos and Accenture Federal Services as the prime contractor and configuration specialist, respectively.


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