Diana Manos

MeriTalk

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that Vindell Washington will take over as head of HHS’s hub for all things health IT–the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)–according to an internal memo issued by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.






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Ransomware is the least of a CIO’s worries, according to new report issued by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). James Scott, ICIT senior fellow and Drew Spaniel, ICIT researcher, co-authors of a new report, titled “The Anatomy of Cyber-Jihad: Cyberspace is the New Great Equalizer,” call cyber jihadists the latest threat to America […] […]

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have been working together to try to remove barriers to health data exchange.






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Congress has passed an appropriations bill to fund increased medical care for military veterans–particularly women–a burgeoning contingent of the vet population. The bill contains language that presses the VA to improve health care for female veterans by considering the launch of a mobile health care pilot program.






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Disrupt or be disrupted. That’s the way Dave Dimond, chief technology officer for Global Healthcare Business at EMC Corp., sees the IT business—especially for those in the rapidly changing health care sector. Dimond said the challenge health care providers face has everything to do with meeting patient expectations in a world “where they want things, and they want them now.”






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Government officials and industry leaders will try to get to the bottom of why interoperability has been so difficult to achieve, they said at the second meeting of the Joint Health IT Policy and Standards Committee Meeting Interoperability Experience Task Force.






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Diana Manos
MeriTalk