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CT Breach Notification Case Proves HITECH's Worth
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media

HITECH brings to light how much of a better job the healthcare industry must do to protect the privacy of its patients. Take one look at the Office for Civil Rights breach notification website—you'll find 166 reasons why this is true. [Read More]
September 28, 2010
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FCC Approves Spectrum for 'Super Wi-Fi'
The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously endorsed a proposal to free up for unlicensed use the so-called TV white spaces—vacant airwaves between TV channels—that supporters predict will improve the availability of new technologies such as "super Wi-Fi" for underserved areas, including rural healthcare providers. It's the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years. "This new unlicensed spectrum will be a powerful platform for innovation. And as we've seen time and again, when we unleash American ingenuity, great things happen," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, after Thursday's 5-0 vote.
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Mammograms' Value in Cancer Fight at Issue
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Blumenthal: 2013 meaningful use to ramp up HIE, decision support
David Blumenthal, MD, the national health IT coordinator, sent a strong signal to healthcare providers and vendors to expect more complex requirements for health information exchange and clinical decision support tools to be among forthcoming requirements for the next stage of meaningful use. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is now beginning to do "early reconnaissance" around development of stage 2 meaningful use requirements, according to Blumenthal.[Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]

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