MA health network to pay $70,000 after failing to provide medical records

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights announced this week that five providers had agreed to pay settlements for potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access provision. Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services’ settlement was the largest of the group, with the Massachusetts-based network of mental health and substance use disorder services […]

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UAE authorises emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine for frontline health workers

Emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine has been given the go-ahead in the United Arab Emirates, it has been announced.  Currently undergoing Phase III clinical trials, the vaccine is being made optionally available to healthcare workers on the frontlines in the Gulf country after showing promising results so far, confirmed the UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed […]

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German healthcare market rich with potential for app developers

Research conducted last year by consulting company Roland Berger predicts that the German digital health market volume will grow exponentially in coming years. The sector could well be worth €38 billion by 2025, said Julia Pietsch, digital health expert at Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI). GTAI is the economic development agency for the Federal Republic of Germany that recently hosted […]

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Lessons from Taiwan’s Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in tackling COVID-19

According to an article by Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Taiwan has managed to prevent the coronavirus from heavily impacting its 23 million citizens due to using tech such as big data analytics to generate real-time alerts from the integration of health insurance data base with its immigration and customs database, as well as putting into place a […]

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VA establishes new National Artificial Intelligence Institute

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the National Artificial Intelligence Institute, with the aim of boosting the health and wellness of veterans through advanced AI and machine learning technologies. WHY IT MATTERS The institute will incorporate feedback from veterans and other partners across federal agencies, industry, nonprofits and academia, said VA officials. The goal is to “prioritize and […]

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HHS announces interoperability innovation awardees for FHIR scalability, patient engagement

Two interoperability projects will get a funding boost from the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health Information Technology, or LEAP in Health IT program, launched by the The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information IT. WHY IT MATTERS The LEAP in Health IT awardees will get address fast emerging and future challenges to advance the development and use […]

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HHS funding new rural workforce programs to the tune of $20M

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $20 million in grants to help healthcare organizations in 21 states create new rural residency programs. WHY IT MATTERS The funding, disbursed through the Health Resources and Services Administration via its Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grants, will help these states launch new residency programs over the next three […]

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Matthew Gould to lead NHSX

Matthew Gould has been confirmed as CEO of the new tech body NHSX, nearly two months after the unit was officially announced. Gould, who will be joining NHSX this summer, previously set up the UK Israel tech hub in his role as British ambassador to Israel and led the Cabinet Office’s cybersecurity unit.  He is currently the director general for digital and media policy […]

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Here's a grassroots way to rethink security when working with cloud vendors

Many hospital security and legal teams embark on a painful process every time they evaluate a cloud vendor. Think gnarly spreadsheets or lengthy questionnaires that the vendors struggle to complete and, even when they do, the results don’t necessarily deliver what the customer actually needs to know about protecting sensitive data in that particular cloud. Wouldn’t it be simpler for […]

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HIMSS19 keynoters challenge private sector to keep pace with FHIR, open APIs

ORLANDO – HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf of Tuesday outlined the most pressing challenges healthcare in America and other countries face today. Those are an aging population, the chronic disease burden, geographic displacement, a lack of actionable information, challenged funding systems, increasingly demanding consumers and growing staff shortages. “That demands we use digital health as a great equalizer that allows each […]

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