Health IT

The best way to protect personal biomedical data from hackers could be to treat the problem like a game

By accounting for the value of the shared data, the game-based approach finds strategies that strike the right balance between utility and privacy.

Baker: VistA code project will stay wide open

A project to streamline source code for the Veterans Affairs' VistA software will remain accessible to the open source community, says VA CIO Roger Baker.

Managed service can help organizations meet HIPAA privacy rules

HIPAA Essential from StillSecure can help organizations meet the requirements of the HITECH Act.

Write once, use 50 times: How CMS' coder challenge will benefit states

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services taps NASA's Tournament Lab for an online competition to develop a new module for Medicaid management.

Medicine's mobile mania raises the threat level, DHS warns

Mobile devices are ideal for many medical uses, but they also can put patient records, and sometimes even patients themselves, at risk, according to a DHS report.

California loses personal info for 700,000...on microfiche

The records, including Social Security numbers and state ID numbers for home care workers and recipients, were lost or stolen while in the mail.

Mobile tech, employee error blamed for rise in medical data breaches

More than a quarter of U.S. health care providers in a recent survey experienced a breach of patient data in the past year, continuing an upward trend.

CMS taps analytics to examine big health care data

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create visualization tools, advanced analytics and prototypes for health data delivery.

Where does the IT money go in 2013 budget proposal?

Obama's 2013 budget proposal aims to cut federal IT but increase its use when it makes government more efficient. Here's where 10 departments stand.

Unleash the data scientists: How government can use big data

Government agencies would do well to invest in the new breed of data scientists, trained to bring a statistical, technological and business mindset to the use of big data.

White House: Tech standards are (mostly) industry's job

Standards will be created primarily by industry, but the government will still have a say in national priority areas such as cybersecurity, health care IT and clean energy.

Broadband network grants should boost employment

A $45 million grant to help double the size of a nonprofit regional network is expected to add hundreds of jobs in the Northeast Ohio Rust Belt.

Broadband nonprofit shines light on Rust Belt economy

A $45 million federal recovery grant is helping the OneCommunity development program build out a 1,800-mile high speed regional network for Northeast Ohio being used by area governments, educational institutions and health care providers.

Oracle releases platform for building health insurance exchanges

Oracle's health care reform system consists of a broad set of the software company's applications and technology that are designed to work together.

Should government be worried? Google drops e-health, energy services.

Google is pulling the plug on two projects, Google Health and PowerMeter, that mirror government initiatives. The main reason: not enough people were interested in using them.

Text service lets patients find shortest ER wait times

Patients in some states can send a text message to a service, 4ER411, to find the shortest emergency room wait times at nearby participating hospitals.

Hospital identifies, tracks patients with palm reader

Officials at NYU's Langone Medical Center say using biometric infrared scanning to create digital palm images is the most efficient, accurate way to ensure patients get the right treatment.