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US Government Shutdown Delays OMB Review of ONC Health IT Rule

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The US government shutdown, which is in its fourth week, is likely to further delay an ONC health IT rule being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), observed AMIA Vice President of Public Policy Jeffery Smith. OMB is reviewing an ONC health IT rule implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, which is expected to have a major impact on the healthcare...

DoD Health Data Exchange Gets Bridge Contract As GAO Hears Appeal

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The Department of Interior has awarded a six-month sole-source “sustainment bridge” contract for continued operation and maintenance of the Defense Medical Information Exchange (DMIX) system, which enables the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (DoD), and other federal agencies to share health data on military personnel, veterans, and their...

ONC Updates ISA Reference Edition on Healthcare Interoperability

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ONC has released its updated healthcare interoperability standards, incorporating industry feedback into the 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition. ONC solicited industry feedback on the draft ISA Reference Edition, culled through 74 comments containing nearly 400 recommendations, and updated it based on the comments, explained a blog post coauthored by...

Tahoe Forest Health Selects Aruba Over Cisco for Healthcare Network

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Tahoe Forest Health System has decided to replace its current Cisco network with an Aruba mobile-first healthcare network for its two critical access hospitals and six specialty clinics. Tahoe Forest expects to save between $750,000 and $1 million in operational expenses during the next five years and improve network performance and IT management as a result of the change. The...

Hospitals, Nursing Facilities Lack Health Data Sharing Infrastructure

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Lack of robust health data-sharing infrastructure between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is a key reason for poor hospital-to-SNF transitions for patients, resulting in missing, delayed or difficult-to-use information received by the SNF facilities, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Greater than four million Medicare...

Cynerio Gets $7M for Healthcare Internet of Things Security Product

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Cynerio, a startup providing cybersecurity for healthcare Internet of Things devices, has received an infusion of $7 million in its latest funding round. Investors in the most recent round are Accelmed, an investment firm focused on medical device companies and technologies, RDC, which invests in medical device and cybersecurity startups, and MTIP, a venture capital firm focused on...

Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Networking Standard Could Be Healthcare Game Changer

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The next-generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless networking standard could be a game changer for healthcare organizations operating many bandwidth-intensive connected devices. This week the Wi-Fi Alliance introduced Wi-Fi Certified 6, which provides higher data rates, increased capacity, strong performance even with many connected devices, and improved power efficiency compared with...

Health IT Advisory Committee Cancels Meeting Due to Shutdown

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The Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) has cancelled its monthly meeting, scheduled for Jan. 23, due to the US government shutdown, reported Politico. HITAC was established in 2017 under the 21st Century Cures Act to provide recommendations to HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on policies, standards, implementation specifications,...

ONC Urges Progress in Upgrading US Health IT Infrastructure

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Collaboration and innovation are vital to progress in upgrading the US health IT infrastructure, said ONC in its annual report to Congress. The report backed full support for implementing the health IT provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. In addition, the report recommended that health IT stakeholders take the following actions to accelerate improvement in the US health...

60% of Healthcare Organizations Have Faced CMS or Payer Audit

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Close to 60 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed by Sage Growth Partners have faced at least one CMS or payer audit. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they have faced a CMS or payer audit more than once, according to the survey of 104 healthcare leaders at acute-care organizations conducted by Sage Growth Partners on behalf of Ingenious Med, a healthcare charge...

Rush System Launches First 5G Wireless Network in US Hospital

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Chicago-based Rush System for Health is teaming with AT&T to become the first US hospital to use a standards-based 5G wireless network in a healthcare environment, the health system announced Jan. 8. Using AT&T’s cloud-based IT service environment at the edge of the network, Rush will be able to manage its cellular traffic over both its local network and wide area...

Healthcare Blockchain Projects Need to Factor In HIPAA Compliance

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Organizations need to consider the HIPAA compliance and state law implications of implementing a healthcare blockchain solution, advised Mirick O’Connell Partner Matt Fisher. A healthcare blockchain initiative raises issues under HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and state data privacy laws, he told HITInfrastructure.com in an interview. Fisher recommended that healthcare...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics Market to See 22% CAGR Through 2023

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The healthcare big data analytics market is forecast by P&S Market Research to experience a strong compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent, reaching a market value of $22.7 billion by 2023. Factors driving market growth include a significant increase in financial analytics use in healthcare, a surge in demand for analysis of structured and unstructured health data,...

Health IT Infrastructure Investment Key to NHS Long-Term Plan

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UK National Health Service (NHS) plans to invest a substantial amount of money in upgrading its health IT infrastructure to make digital health services a mainstream part of the NHS in the next five years, according to its long-term plan. The plan said that all NHS healthcare providers will be expected to have a core level of digitization by 2024. “This will cover clinical and...

New York City Invests $52M in Healthcare Infrastructure Upgrades

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New York City is investing $52 million to upgrade healthcare infrastructure at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan hospital in East Harlem. Of that investment, close to half will go to upgrading the emergency power system, which is critical to ensure the facility’s IT networks, computers, medical devices, lighting, and other essential functions continue to work in an...

Physicians Say Data Analytics Tools Are Key for Value-based Care

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More than two-thirds (68%) of 300 physicians surveyed said that advanced data analytics tools are important for treating patients and being compensated for care under value-based care arrangements. Respondents said that data and analytics tools are most helpful in gathering data and assessing patient needs but least helpful in improving work efficiencies and time with...

Precision Medicine Requires Data Storage, Infrastructure Upgrades

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Precision medicine will require significant investments in data storage, infrastructure, and security systems in the coming years to achieve its full potential, a recent report by the California Precision Medicine Advisory Committee concluded. Data storage and infrastructure must keep pace with the demand to store, manage, and share patient data, which is expected to increase for...

Reports: Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Market CAGR of 47%-50%

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Three separate market reports agree that the healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) market will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of between 47 percent and 50 percent over the next few years. The Markets and Markets report forecasts that the healthcare AI market will reach $36.1 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 50.2 percent during that period. A report by IT...

Organizations Upping Pace of Healthcare Big Data, AI Investments

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More than three-quarters of healthcare C-suite executives are increasing their pace of investment in healthcare big data and artificial intelligence (AI), according to a recent survey by NewVantage Partners. Around 79 percent of senior healthcare executives said they have a greater urgency for investing in big data and AI initiatives. For the survey, NewVantage Partners polled C-suite...

Network Management Makes Top 10 Cybersecurity Best Practices List

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Effective network management is one of the top 10 cybersecurity best practices for healthcare organizations laid out in a recent publication released by HHS and the Health Sector Coordinating Council. The four-volume publication, entitled Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients, is designed to raise awareness for executives, healthcare...

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