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ONC Opens Comment Period on Draft 2017 Health IT Interoperability Standards

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seeks public comments on a draft set of standards and implementation specifications meant to help the healthcare sector address interoperability issues between clinical IT systems. Steven Posnack, director of ONC’s Office of Standards and Technology and Chris Muir, director of the HIT Infrastructure …

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VA, DoD & NCI Partner for Targeted Cancer Screening Initiative

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The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cancer Institute and the Defense Department have formed a consortium with the goal to tailor care for people with cancer using data on genes and proteins associated with the patients’ tumors. VA said Tuesday the Applied Proteogenomics Organizational Learning and Outcomes consortium aims to develop a system for …

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Reports: Karen DeSalvo Resigns as ONC Chief, Vindell Washington Named Successor

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Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has resigned from the post to focus on her duties as the Department of Health and Human Services‘ acting assistant secretary for health, Politico reported Friday. Darius Tahir writes Vindell Washington, ONC principal deputy national coordinator, will succeed DeSalvo as agency …

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Health Orgs Receive HRSA Funds for Telehealth Tech, Care Provider & Research Support

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The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded more than $16 million in grants to nonprofit healthcare organizations nationwide to foster the development of telehealth technology, care provider training and research to support rural communities. The Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will administer the grants …

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Jean Vettel: Army Research Lab Performs Brain Science Studies to Forecast Soldier Activity

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An Army Research Laboratory team has conducted research on brain sciences in an effort to establish a database on brain patterns to help forecast how soldiers respond in a proactive and reactive state. The U.S. Army said Monday Jean Vettel, an ARL neuroscientist, has performed experiments with an electroencephalogram that registers voltage fluctuations in different parts …

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FCC Task Force to Unveil Broadband Health Mapping Tool

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A Federal Communications Commission task force will launch a new mapping tool to support data-driven decision-making that integrates broadband technology and health. FCC said Friday the Connect2Health Task Force will unveil the Mapping Broadband Health in America tool at an event Aug. 2 in collaboration with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. The commission added the tool aims to facilitate stakeholder …

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HHS Issues Guide to Protect Electronic Health Info from Ransomware

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The Department of Health and Human Services has released new guidance to help healthcare organizations protect electronic health information systems from ransomware attacks. HHS’ civil rights office developed the guidance to identify electronically-protected health information threats, mitigate the identified risks, implement security procedures, train users to detect malware, control ePHI access …

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DARPA-Funded University of Washington Research Team Develops Protein Design Method

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded a University of Washington research team that created a method to design customized proteins that can self-assemble structures inside living cells. DARPA said Thursday the design method helps the agency’s push to efficiently deliver biomedical treatments such as DNA vaccines and therapeutic interfering particles to cells. …

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