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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.