ONC Awards Grants

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has awarded more than $38 million to three health IT grant programs to 20 awardees to improve coordinated health information sharing. The grants build on programs funded from the Health Information Technology and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). (more…)

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Genomics Highlighted at Briefing

The white paper titled “From Evolution to Revolution: Building the 21st Century Genomic Infrastructure” was released by Joel White, Executive Director of the Health IT Now Coalition, and by Josh New, a Policy Analyst, at the Center for Data Innovation, at a Capitol Hill briefing on genomics on July 23rd. (more…)

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USDA Funding $85.8 Million for Broadband

USDA has just announced $74.8 million in Telecommunications Loans and $11 Million in Community Connects grants to increase broadband access for rural areas in seven states. The Telecomm loans provide financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of telephone and broadband services in rural areas. (more…)

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Securing Data on Mobile Devices

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) http://nccoe.nist.gov established by Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) www.nist.gov, has just released a draft guide now available for public comment. (more…)

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HelpAround Launches Personal Alert

HelpAround http://helparound.co, the creator of Diabetes Helpers peer-to-peer support network has just launched “Alert”, the first health app to act in real-time on incoming Apple HealthKit data. When used on an Apple iOS device, access is granted to HealthKit’s blood glucose data. (more…)

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NATE & MaRS Collaborating

The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) http://nate-trust.org and MaRS Discovery District in Toronto www.marsdd.com have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The plan is to collaborate on projects that accelerate access to personal use of healthcare data by patients in the U.S. and Canada. The collaboration will involve projects and initiatives related to health data liberation. (more…)

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