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Niall Brennan to become first chief data officer for CMS

He will lead the newly formed Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics, which will provide data access to outside health care providers and other stakeholders in an effort to help them make better decisions related to improving patient care, while lowering costs.

Federal health office shares vision for improving healthcare quality through IT

Healthcare quality and value can improve if a nationwide strategy is aligned with principles such as interoperability, system modularity and data capture and reuse, says the office responsible for setting the Health and Human Services Department's information technology strategy.

NSF: 'Smart' network devices, systems transforming physical world as research expands

Since 2008, NSF has invested more than $250 million for fundamental research into "smart," networked systems that underlie advances such as autonomous cars, robotic surgery and smart grids.

Auditors shine light on vulnerabilities in FDA computer network

Vulnerabilty testing of the Food and Drug Administration's computer network found several deficiencies that could potentially be exploited by attackers, but auditors did not gain unauthorized access to the network, an internal investigation revealed.

FTC pushes big data considerations at multi-government conference

A meeting of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners concluded Oct. 16, resulting in the adoption of several resolutions, including one focused on privacy and big data. During the event, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill urged privacy representatives from several countries to draft specific solutions to address the discrimination, security and privacy implications of big data.

ONC releases early draft of interoperability roadmap

An early draft form of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's roadmap to interoperability is based on five elements that will help meet three-, six- and 10-year objectives.

ONC: Meaningful use incentive payments, electronic exchanges on the rise for doctors, hospitals

Doctors and hospitals continue to leverage health information technology at an increased rate, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report (pdf) to Congress.

VA expands immunization record sharing pilot

Veterans will now be able to get some vaccinations at a nationwide drugstore's retail locations thanks to improved sharing of veteran electronic health records with a private platform.

CMS releases first set of providers' financial data, raising more concerns from dissenters

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data on 4.4 million payments to doctors and teaching hospitals worth almost $3.5 billion, providing consumers for the first time a closer glimpse into the financial relationships between health care providers and industry.

FDA: Bake in medical device security, identify risks

Medical device manufacturers should consider cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of their products and submit documentation to the Food and Drug Administration about the risks identified and controls in place to mitigate those risks, says a final recommendation from the agency.