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NIST Develops Better Medical Device Calibration for CT Scanners

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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists have developed a new x-ray measurement approach designed to improve medical device calibration for computed tomography (CT) scanners. X-ray beams generated by CT scanners can be measured in a manner that enables scans from difference devices to be compared to one another. “You want interchangeable answers...

ONC Proposed Rule ‘Turning Point’ for Healthcare Interoperability

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The ONC proposed rule supporting the use of the Health Level Seven’s (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards for healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) is a “turning point” for healthcare interoperability, judged Intermountain Healthcare Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) Stan Huff.  As part of its recently released...

Hasty EHR Integration Would Likely Fail, Warns BI Lahey CEO

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Failure would likely result from a hasty EHR integration effort, warned Kevin Tabb, president and CEO of Beth Israel (BI) Lahey Health, which was recently formed from the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess and Lahey Health. The merged organization has a “multitude” of different EHR systems. There is a homegrown system at the Longwood medical center; there is Epic at Lahey, its...

Gustave Roussy Institut, Embleema Team on Healthcare Blockchain

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Gustave Roussy Insitut, a Paris-based cancer center, has formed a partnership with Embleema, a New York-based healthcare blockchain network, to develop blockchain health data sharing applications for oncology clinical research and development. The partnership will enable the integration of health data and consolidation onto a data exchange, providing patients of the...

Hospitals Are at High Risk of Cyberattacks, Warns Moody’s

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Hospitals are at high risk for cyberattacks, judged Moody’s Investors Service in a new report.  Other sectors that are at high risk for cyberattacks include banks, securities firms, and financial market infrastructures. Together, these four sectors have $11.7 trillion in rated debt outstanding, according to Moody’s. The four sectors rely heavily on technology for...

Healthcare Sector Is Fastest Growing for SIP Trunking Services

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The healthcare sector is expected to be the fastest growing market in terms of adoption of SIP trunking services, according to a report by MarketsandMarkets. Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking provides communications services over an existing IP network, replacing traditional telephone lines. Through a SIP trunk, voice-over-IP (VoIP) users can make calls directly...

Aligning Health IT with Business Goals Is Top CIO Challenge

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Aligning health IT with business goals was identified as a top challenge for healthcare and life sciences CIOs, according to the 2019 CIO Survey Report by Grant Thornton and the Technology Business Management Council. Other top healthcare CIO challenges included conflicting priorities among stakeholders, lack of time for strategic thinking, stakeholders’ resistance to...

Texas To Deploy PULSE for Health Data Exchange in Emergencies

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Texas is looking to deploy the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) platform, which was developed by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT to provide secure health data exchange during an emergency. During Feb. 20 testimony before the Texas House Public Health Committee, George Gooch, CEO of the public-private Texas Health Services Authority...

Researchers Test Blockchain for Clinical Trails’ Data Integrity

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Researchers at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have developed a proof-of-concept method for using blockchain to safeguard data integrity of clinical trials. Blockchain creates an audit trail that makes it easy to detect tampering with results, such as making the treatment look more effective than it is or diminishing the impace of side effects. “We...

Lawmaker Calls VA EHR Modernization Cost, Timeline ‘Outrageous’

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) said the $10 billion price tag and the 10-year timeline for implementation of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ EHR modernization program are “outrageous,” during a Feb. 26 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee. Addressing VA Secretary Robert Wilkie,...

Ochsner, Pfizer to Boost Healthcare Interoperability for Clinical Trials

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Ochsner Health System, Louisiana’s largest non-profit academic healthcare system, is partnering with drug maker Pfizer to develop a way to improve healthcare interoperability between EHRs and clinical trial data using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard. This interoperability will reduce the burden of manual data entry, save time, decrease cost and...

Cedars-Sinai Tests Alexa in Smart Hospital Room Pilot Project

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Alexa is being used by Cedars-Sinai patients to control technology in their hospital rooms hands free and interact with their healthcare team. The pilot project is being conducted in 100 hospital rooms using Aiva, an Alexa-powered platform, along with an Amazon Echo. “Whereas previously nurses were frequently asked to help with the in-room television, Alexa does that...

First U.S. Smart Medical District Upgrades IT Infrastructure

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The Illinois Medical District and IGNITE CITIES, a tech consulting firm specializing in smart cities, have launched the first smart medical district in the United States designed to improve patient care through upgrading IT infrastructure and transportation. The smart medical district is located in Chicago’s West Side, where more than 40 healthcare organizations, including...

Health Data Archiving Provides Financial Gains to Organizations

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A full 85 percent of organizations who have retired legacy IT systems and opted for health data archiving report positive financial impacts, according to KLAS Research.   As a result, the data-archiving vendor market is expanding as new vendors enter the market, and existing vendors broaden their expertise and offerings. In a new report, KLAS reviewed the state of the legacy...

ICU Medical Issues Urgent Medical Device Recall for Vial Spikes

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ICU Medical issued Feb. 25 an urgent medical device recall of ChemoLock and ChemoClave Vial Spikes because plastic particles could detach from the protective cap and enter a patient’s bloodstream. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified the recall as Class I, the most serious type of recall because the plastic pieces could damage organs or lead to a stroke resulting in...

BIDMC CIO Lays Out 3 Good Use Cases for Healthcare Blockchain

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CAMBRIDGE—Healthcare blockchain currently has three good use cases — physician credentialing, data integrity, and data sharing consent — observed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) CIO John Halamka in a keynote address at the MIT Sloan Healthcare and Bioinnovations Conference held here Feb. 22. “Every year we have to send to insurance companies...

Digital Health Technology Needs to Fit into the Clinical Workflow

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CAMBRIDGE—The biggest question when it come to digital health technology is not getting “new, cool stuff” into the hospital, but how can it fit seamlessly into the existing clinical workflow, observed Jaydeo Kinikar, head of marketing and business development at Philips Connected Care Sensing. Kinikar told a panel here Friday at the MIT Sloan Healthcare and...

DoD Restructures Management of Medical Treatment Facilities

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The Department of Defense (DoD) is restructuring its medical treatment facilities (MTFs), including transferring MTF administration and management from the military departments to the Defense Health Agency (DHA), according to a new GAO report. The changes are required by section 702 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. They are designed to streamline...

Shadow IT Plagues Organizations, Undermining Cloud Security

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Shadow IT continues to affect organizations, which is undermining their cloud security and exposing sensitive data to breaches, according to a survey of 450 IT and cybersecurity professionals from a range of industries including healthcare. Shadow IT is the use of unsanctioned personal devices and cloud services and apps by employees. A whopping 93 percent of survey respondents said...

FDA OKs Ascom Digistat Medical Device Integration Software for US

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Ascom’s Digistat medical device integration software in the U.S. market, Swiss-based Ascom announced Feb. 20. The Digistat medical device integration software suite includes Digistat Connect, Digistat Smart Central, and Digistat Smart Central Mobile. The Digistat Connect software collects clinical data, alarms, and...

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