Read the Jennifer Georgino interview David Houlding, Director of Healthcare Privacy and Security at Intel Health and Life Sciences (HLS), about enterprise blockchain implementation, hosted by Blockchain Healthcare Review.
As Houlding says, “There are amazing benefits blockchain technology can bring to the industry in terms of improving the quality of patient care and reducing the cost of healthcare.”
Today, the U.S House of Representatives passed a federal spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2018. The bill offers several benefits and a few setbacks for the healthcare industry’s providers and payers.
Containing significant changes to those proposed by president Trump, it must still be passed by the Senate and signed by the president.
This summary article by senior editor Susan Morse for Healthcare Finance News gives us the healthcare highlights, including:
Funding for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to begin the transition to Cerner for its EHR
A funding increase of $10 billion for HHS
Unchanged flatline funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
An increase for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
No increase for insurers on cost-sharing reduction payments
A nearly 9 percent increase to $37.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health
An increase to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget of $1.1 billion for a total budget of $8.3 billion
Healthcare Finance News fills in the context and details with quotes from industry spokespeople.
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The HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas has wound up. In the latest issue of Healthcare IT News, Mike Miliard gives us an overview of the hot topics of the week.
Acknowledging that the post-EHR era has fully arrived, he writes, “There was the day-long Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event and the Blockchain Forum, HIMSS VentureConnect and Rockstars of Emerging Healthcare Technology. The Innovation Live showcase in Hall G was populated with leading-edge companies touting AI, augmented reality, biometrics, IoT and much more. And far from theoretical, many of those technologies are already on the minds of leading CIOs.”
Even if you were one of the “nearly 45,000” attendees, you couldn’t have taken it all in. Here’s a good wrap-up overview of the major ideas, innovations and initiatives that are shaping healthcare today.
Last month, a bipartisan team in Congress, Dave Trott, D-Michigan and Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, proposed the Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act. If passed, it will require the Food and Drug Administration to create a working group of cybersecurity experts to recommend voluntary frameworks and guidelines for medical device security.
Taking a bold move to improve healthcare patient outcomes, MintHealth announced the launch of a blockchain-powered personalized health record (PHR). The company will incent patients to actively use its new platform by rewarding healthy behaviors with cryptocurrency tokens that patients can use toward their healthcare costs.
One of Wisconsin’s key assets is quality healthcare, a commodity largely taken for granted inside Wisconsin and largely unknown to people and companies who may be thinking of moving or expanding here.