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Clade X pandemic exercise highlights policies needed to prevent or reduce the worst possible outcomes in future pandemics

Press Release | Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security | May 15, 2018

The outbreak of a moderately contagious and moderately lethal novel pathogen precipitated a catastrophic end to the scenario in Clade X, the day-long pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security on May 15 in Washington, DC. Clade X simulated a series of National Security Council–convened meetings of 10 US government leaders, played by individuals prominent in the fields of national security or epidemic response. Their dialogue as the scenario unfolded addressed significant uncertainties in current prevention and response capabilities, hamstrung by policy challenges at the federal level.

A Bureaucratic Mess Leads to Shutdown of HHS Cybersecurity Center

Jessie Bur | Federal Times | May 11, 2018

In May 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services decided to stand up its own version of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in order to address the increasing cybersecurity risks to the health care sector. But creating the Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, or HCCIC, was the easy part. Soon after, the newfound center landed in the spotlight, sparking agency and industry drama about the role and scope of HHS authorities in information sharing.

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Red Hat Announces 2018 Women in Open Source Award Winners

Press Release | Red Hat | May 8, 2018

Red Hat, Inc...today announced Dana Lewis, founder of the Open Artificial Pancreas System (OpenAPS) movement, and Zui Dighe, a Duke University student, as the 2018 Women in Open Source Award winners. Both will be recognized today at Red Hat Summit, which is taking place in San Francisco this week. In its fourth year, the Women in Open Source Awards were created and sponsored by Red Hat to honor women who make important contributions to open source projects and communities, or those making innovative use of open source methodology.

HELINA 2018: Call for Papers

Press Release | HELINA | May 5, 2018

The 2018 edition of the Pan-African health informatics conference (HELINA) is scheduled from 3rd – 8th December 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will be hosted by the Kenya Health Informatics Association (KeHIA) and will focus on how technology is being used to strengthen health systems in the African Region. HELINA conferences have been known to provide a platform for both academia and industry to showcase results of scientific research and industry practice. 

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1.13M Patient Records Breached from January to March 2018

Press Release | Protenus | May 3, 2018

Proprietary, non-public data from Protenus shows disclosed breaches are just one one-thousandth of the actual risk health systems routinely carry...1,129,744 patient records were breached between January and March 2018, according to new data released today in the Protenus Breach Barometer. Published by Protenus, an artificial intelligence platform used by top health systems to analyze every access to patient data inside the electronic health record (EHR), the Breach Barometer is the industry’s definitive source for health data breach reporting. In the first quarter of 2018, the average of at least one data breach per day in healthcare continued to hold true with 110 health data breaches.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Funds Pilot for Open Source/Community-Driven Bioconductor Software Platform for Human Cell Atlas

Press Release | Fred Hutch | April 27, 2018

Fred Hutch computational biologist Dr. Raphael Gottardo has received one of 85 new funding awards from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, or CZI, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which are aimed at developing computational tools for the Human Cell Atlas, a global research effort to map every type of cell in the human body. The 85 one-year grants total $15 million in funding from the initiative and were chosen from nearly 300 applications. This set of projects, which were announced April 19, is the third set of grants CZI has awarded in support of the massive cell-mapping feat.

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RAND Corporation study: VA Health System Generally Delivers Higher-Quality Care Than Other Health Providers

Press Release | Rand Corporation | April 26, 2018

The VA health care system performs similar to or better than non-VA systems on most measures of inpatient and outpatient care quality, although there is high variation in quality across individual VA facilities, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Examining a wide array of commonly used measures of health care quality, researchers found that VA hospitals generally provided better quality care than non-VA hospitals and the VA's outpatient services were better quality when compared to commercial HMOs, Medicaid HMOs and Medicare HMOs...“Consistent with previous studies, our analysis found that the VA health care system generally provides care that is higher in quality than what is offered elsewhere in communities across the nation,” said Rebecca Anhang Price, lead author of the study and senior policy researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization.

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DocGraph Hop Teaming Dataset Released at Datapalooza

Press Release | Careset Systems, Careset Labs | April 26, 2018

Today CareSet Labs released the DocGraph Hop Teaming Dataset at Datapalooza. This dataset is the most comprehensive open map of the healthcare system in the United States. It is also the largest graph dataset available as open data that uses real names. This release represents the transition of the DocGraph dataset from a dataset maintained by Medicare/CMS, to a dataset that CareSet Systems will maintain and publish on their website going forward. “It’s called the HOP dataset because it more carefully follows the patients’ journey from provider to provider,” says Fred Trotter, CTO, CareSet Systems.

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Vibrent Health Joins Europe’s Open Source RADAR-CNS Program to Develop Scalable Analytics Platform for Health Wearables

Press Release | Vibrent Health, RADAR-CNS | April 24, 2018

Health technology company Vibrent Health...expands its digital health solutions business into Europe through a partnership with Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse – Central Nervous System (RADAR-CNS). Vibrent Health will work with the Europe-led consortium on developing digital health programs featuring predictive analytics designed to monitor and help improve treatment for depression, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. RADAR-CNS is conducting research using a range of medical-grade sensors, such as electro-cardiograms, as well as a growing portfolio of consumer-grade sensors, including accelerometers and smartphone applications, that collect participant data from surveys and smartphone sensors.

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Researchers Develop Low-cost, Portable Laboratory on a Phone for Faster Infection Testing in Low Resource Settings

Press Release | Washington State University | April 24, 2018

Washington State University researchers have developed a low-cost, portable laboratory on a phone that works nearly as well as clinical laboratories to detect common viral and bacterial infections. The work could lead to faster and lower-cost lab results for fast-moving viral and bacterial epidemics, especially in rural or lower-resource regions where laboratory equipment and medical personnel are sometimes not readily available.

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Significant Distortions Discovered in Leading Genetics Study Method - Open Source Software can Detect and Correct Them

Press Release | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | April 24, 2018

Many conclusions drawn from a common approach to the study of human genetics could be distorted because of a previously overlooked phenomenon, according to researchers at the Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and collaborators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute. Their conclusions and a unique method they developed to help correct for this distortion were recently published in Nature Genetics.

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OpenEMR Community Releases Major Upgrade to their Open Source EHR

Press Release | OpenEMR | April 24, 2018

OpenEMR, the most popular open source electronic health records (EHR) and medical practice management solution, has announced today that OpenEMR version 5.0.1 has been released. A community of more than 50 OpenEMR contributors produced a staggering amount of new features and improvements for OpenEMR 5.0.1. "The amount of new features and improvements in this new release of OpenEMR is simply astounding and showcases the strengths, diversity, talents, commitment, productivity, and good will of the thriving OpenEMR community," said Dr. Brady Miller, an OpenEMR project administrator, and physician. 

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EnvisionTEC Launches Two New In-Vivo Medical-grade Materials that Make 3D Printing Parts for Implantation in Humans Safe

Press Release | EnvisionTEC | April 23, 2018

EnvisionTEC today launches two new medical-grade materials that make 3D printing parts for implantation in humans safe and easy on its bioprinters. UV Silicone 60A MG, shown here, is a ready-to-print liquid silicone appropriate for microfluidics, wound dressings and more. EnvisionTEC also launched a biodegradable PCL polyester for use with its 3D-Bioplotter printers.

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OSEHRA Calls for Volunteers for the 2018 Leadership Awards Committee

Press Release | OSEHRA | April 20, 2018

OSEHRA is seeking volunteers from the community to serve on this year’s Leadership Awards Committee. Since 2014, OSEHRA has recognized individuals for their outstanding contributions and achievements within the Open Source Health IT Community. This year’s Committee is Co-Chaired by KRM Associates President, Mr. Keith McCall and OSEHRA General Member, Dr. Jack Taylor. The three OSEHRA Leadership Award categories are:

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Hospital Technology is the New Determinant of Patient Satisfaction According to EHR User Survey

Press Release | Black Book Research | April 20, 2018

Electronic health record technology and the ways that providers use it to communicate with patients and physicians is affecting how satisfied stakeholders are with their hospital organizations. The insight is revealed within the eighth annual Black Book industry surveys of inpatient EHR users including hospital staff, managers, networked physicians and patient panels. “Involvement with healthcare consumers through technologies is proving to be a significant element of patient satisfaction,” said Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book Research.

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