Stage 2: Rubber meets the road

By Bernie Monegain As David Blumenthal, MD, sees it, Stage 2 is where the rubber meets the road for the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program – the government’s grand scheme to drag the American healthcare system, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century. read more …read more

Web Tracking Advances Beat Privacy Defenses

By Thomas Claburn Technologies such as canvas fingerprinting, evercookies, and cookie syncing prompt new call for privacy regulation. …read more

Optum Labs Translates Big Data Research To Clinicians

By Alison Diana Big data shows lots of promise in researchers’ hands. By getting this insight to clinicians, it can really improve and save lives, says Dr. Paul Wallace of Optum Labs. …read more

Fitness Trackers & FSAs: A Winning Game Plan

By Alison Diana Including fitness devices in flexible savings account plans could encourage consumers to adopt a more active lifestyle and improve their overall health. …read more

IBM-Apple Deal: Healthcare iOS Nirvana?

By David F Carr IBM and Apple hope to use existing partnerships with healthcare software vendor Epic Systems and doctors’ love for their iPhones and iPads to build an iOS healthcare software empire. …read more

Deaths by medical mistakes hit records

By Erin McCann It’s a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Senate hearing Thursday, patient safety …read more

6 ways big data can lower costs

By Mike Miliard Brigham and Women’s Hospital has put forth a new report showcasing a half-dozen ways to lower healthcare costs through the use of big data. [See also: Big data doesn't have to be 'Star Wars'] read more …read more

EU Tells Apple, Google: Limit In-App Purchasing

By Thomas Claburn “Children must be better protected when playing online,” EU Commissioner declares in in-app goods crackdown. …read more

Electronic transmission: not so simple

By Mike Miliard On paper, it sounds easy. Eligible hospitals that refer patients to another care setting must electronically transmit “a summary of care record for more than 10 percent of such transitions and referrals.” [See also: For portals, speak patients' language] read more …read more

Apple-IBM Deal: 9 Moves Rivals Should Make

By Thomas Claburn With Apple and IBM allied to advance iOS in the enterprise, these mobile technology companies must scramble to remain contenders. Here’s how they could respond. …read more