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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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GAO: VA, DoD Need Outcome-Oriented Goals for EHR Systems Interoperability

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The Government Accountability Office has said the departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs have not defined outcome-oriented goals and metrics to support interoperability between both entities’ electronic health records systems. GAO said Wednesday DoD and the VA determined separate modernization efforts would be more cost effective than a joint system development but neither department has a comparison of …

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ONC Seeks Ideas on Blockchain Application to Health IT

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a white paper solicitation on the use of blockchain technology in health IT applications in a move to address security, privacy and scalability needs in electronic health record management. ONC said Thursday it plans to award $1,500 to $5,000 in cash prizes to as …

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Reps. Ted Lieu, Will Hurd: HHS Should Require Health Providers to Notify Govt Agencies of Ransomware Attacks

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Reps. Ted Lieu (D-California) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to develop guidance that would require healthcare providers to immediately report cases of ransomware-related attacks to government agencies and information sharing and analysis organizations. The lawmakers told Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy …

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HHS Adds 9 Members to Health IT Advisory Committees

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The Department of Health and Human Services has elected new members to the department’s Health Information Technology Standards Committee and Health Information Technology Policy Committee. HITSC recommends standards, implement specifications and confirm criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health data while HITPC suggest policies for the adoption of a …

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