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2/16/2018

Nokia is reviewing its digital health business and said it will eliminate up to 425 jobs this year in Finland. Nokia entered the health market in 2016 with the purchase of Withings, a maker of activity trackers and thermometers, but the business may not have grown as anticipated.

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2/16/2018

The New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Innovation Institute are working together to develop infrastructure for a statewide patient health information exchange modeled after Michigan's network.

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EHR Intelligence
2/15/2018

Inappropriate overrides of clinical decision support alerts were six times as likely to correspond to a definite or potential adverse drug event, compared with appropriate overrides, a study in BMJ Quality & Safety found. Researchers analyzed 2,448 overridden CDS alerts involving 712 patient encounters and found that 81.6% of the alerts were appropriately overridden.

2/15/2018

NewYork-Presbyterian has developed more than 50 telehealth programs as part of its telemedicine service suite, resulting in 600% growth during the past year, and NYP now wants to expand remote patient monitoring services, said Dr. Peter Fleischut, senior vice president and chief transformation officer. Fleischut said virtualization such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic process automation "are fundamental core tools that are needed in the future delivery of care."

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.