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Health IT takeaways from the midterm elections

Democrats regained the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections, while Republicans maintained control of the Senate – a rebalancing of power likely to bring both certainty and opportunities for healthcare. "Healthcare was a voting issue for this election," said Samantha Burch, senior director of congressional affairs at HIMSS. PwC surveyed 1,500 people, for […]

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NHS Digital names first CISO

NHS Digital announced that Robert Coles will be its first system-wide Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) starting in October. Coles spent the last four years as CISO for GlaxoSmithKline and previously held similar roles at National Grid and Merrill Lynch. The appointment of Coles follows recommendations made by national Chief Information Officer for Health and […]

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NHS hospital kicks off Axe the Fax initiative

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is pledging to remove nearly all of its fax machines by 2019 amid increasing criticism over the NHS’s heavy reliance on outdated technology. Legacy fax machines and the privacy, security and patient safety issues they potentially represent are not just a problem in the UK, either. In the U.S., Centers […]

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How FDA is evolving to keep pace with innovation in healthcare

The U.S Food and Drug Administration serves a critical role in healthcare innovation by regulating a range of medical devices and digital health tools. As the industry continues its feverish pace of advancement, the agency itself has been evolving to better vet and approve emerging technologies. Over the last year, in fact, FDA Commissioner Scott […]

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VA CIO nominee pledges to fix cybersecurity, EHR modernization

Improving communication at the Department of Veterans Affairs as it transitions onto modern technology platforms would be a top priority for President Donald Trump’s nominee for the VA Chief Information Officer, James Gfrerer. He testified before the Senate VA committee on Wednesday. Gfrerer also plans to put an end to the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that have […]

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CMS, USDS innovators on the future of Blue Button 2.0

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday held its first White House hackathon. The topic: Blue Button 2.0. Ahead of the event, I spoke with two technologists, one from CMS and one from the United States Digital Service (which worked with the agency to develop the Blue Button API).  Mark Scrimshire is CMS […]

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CMS to host Blue Button 2.0 conference

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will host the Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference to bring government and industry to work together to fuel innovation. During a forum on Monday hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday said the event is designed to help […]