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Beth Walsh
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Editor Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in health communication. She has worked in hospital, academic and publishing settings over the past 20 years. Beth joined TriMed in 2005, as editor of CMIO and Clinical Innovation + Technology. When not covering all things related to health IT, she spends time with her husband and three children.

Geisinger Health System has achieved 100,000 recruits signed up for the health system’s major biobank and DNA sequencing study known as the MyCode Community Health Initiative.

House Energy and Commerce Committee members Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Congressman Billy Long (R-Mo.) introduced the HHS Data Protection Act which would establish the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and elevate the position out from under the CIO.

The MACRA proposed rule is "an example of regulatory overambition," according to John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The American Medical Association has voiced its support for the proposed rule that establishes a simpler, less burdensome quality payment program and announced "new online information and resources to help physicians navigate the changing landscape," according to the group's president, Steven J. Stack, MD.

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) latest proposed rule would implement a unified framework called the Quality Payment Program, which essentially replaces the Meaningful Use program.

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The federal government is working to implement a payment program that is "more flexible, outcome-oriented and less burdensome," according to a blog post written by National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, and Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Adam Landman, MD, was named chief information officer of Brigham and Women's Health Care in Boston, effective May 2. 
 

California is leading the charge for healthcare cybersecurity by passing legislation that outlaws ransomware and specifies how the crime should be prosecuted.

 
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Nokia has plans to acquire Withings, a French consumer electronic company, in an effort to accelerate its entry into the digital health market.

 

Mayo Clinic is calling its Epic implementation "Plummer" in an homage to Henry Plummer, MD, who is credited with forming the core unified medical record infrastructure of the organization, reports The Post-Bulletin