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2/15/2018

Researchers from the International Data Group surveyed 186 IT leaders in multiple industries and found that half expect their budgets to increase this year and 47% intend to invest more in predictive analytics or business continuity and disaster recovery during the next 12 months. Forty-five percent said they plan to invest more in hybrid cloud and 43% in artificial intelligence or mobile devices, while only 33% plan to invest in the internet of things, the report showed.

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2/14/2018

Unlike those found on the chromosomes of other animals, Myotis bat telomeres do not shorten as they age, and a comparative genomics study identified two genes -- ATM and SETX -- that appear to prevent and repair age-induced cellular damage in the long-lived bats. The findings, published in Science Advances, might advance researchers' understanding of healthy aging.

2/14/2018

The ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights would receive $38 million and $31 million, respectively, under President Donald Trump's proposed HHS budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which is $22 million less than the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution level for the ONC and $8 million less for the OCR. The proposed budget also allots $256 million to merge the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's activities into the NIH as the National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality.

2/14/2018

Negotiations between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Cerner for an EHR contract are likely to be done by the end of this month, said VA Chief Technology Officer John Short. The Trump administration's proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year contains $1.2 billion for the VA's EHR modernization efforts, including support for cooperation between the agency and the Defense Department.

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EHR Intelligence
2/14/2018

Scientists are developing new ways to test drugs and vaccines that may eventually reduce or even eliminate the need for nonhuman primates in biomedical research, but halting such research before those technologies are validated -- as some animal rights activists want -- would have grave consequences, experts say. Not only does the FDA require that drugs and medical devices be tested in animals, vital research on infectious diseases, vaccines, neurobiology, eye diseases and tissue transplantation involves nonhuman primates and other animals, the Wellcome Trust recently pointed out.

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2/14/2018

The chemical profile of the human striatum is unique and markedly different from that of nonhuman primates and amplifies sensitivity to social cues that promote cooperation and diminish aggression, researchers reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The result is a higher female survival rate, which another study demonstrated is key to primate survival.

2/13/2018

Forty-four percent of health care executives reported that they haven't implemented telehealth in their organizations, and 86% of that group cited telemedicine deployment as a medium to high priority, according to a Sage Growth Partners poll. The survey also showed that 66% of those who adopted telehealth had budgets of $250,000 or less, while 75% expect a positive return on investment for telehealth initiatives during the next three years in the outpatient clinic.

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MedCity News
2/13/2018

CHIME and other health care organizations applauded the new spending bill signed by President Donald Trump, which includes provisions reducing meaningful use and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System burdens and expanding the use of telehealth services in Medicare Advantage plans. CHIME also praised the bill's $6 billion in funding for fighting the opioid epidemic.

2/13/2018

The ONC appointed Robert Wah, global chief medical officer at DXC Technology, and Carolyn Petersen, senior editor of the Mayo Clinic's health information website, as the new co-chairs of its Health IT Advisory Committee. The committee will first address the Trusted Exchange Framework, which seeks to facilitate data sharing between health information exchange networks.

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Healthcare IT News
2/13/2018

Timothy Noonan, who served as the HHS Office for Civil Rights' acting associate deputy director for regional operations and acting director for centralized case management operations at OCR's headquarters, was appointed the agency's acting deputy director for health information privacy. Noonan replaces Iliana Peters, who has joined the health care operations practice at a law firm.

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