The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health, just launched a competition for wearable devices capable of measuring blood alcohol in near-real time. The device ideally would be able to measure alcohol in the blood or fluid from the body’s cells, instead of the existing technology that measures alcohol via sweat.

The National Institutes of Health announced the selection of Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman as the chief executive officer of the NIH Clinical Center. He will begin in January 2017.






President-elect Donald Trump this month announced his intent to nominate Chairman of the House Budget Committee Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.






The University of Massachusetts Amherst has settled violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy and Security Rules for $650,000 and a corrective action plan.






A team of scientists led by the National Institutes of Health published their analysis of using big data to track infectious diseases in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, and found that it can make surveillance more effective.






The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this month announced the 10 Phase 1 winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge.






The number of hospitals using electronic health records in 2016 is more than nine times the number in 2008, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s 2016 report to Congress.






The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $5.5 million to four regional medical center groups being added to the national network of health care provider organizations implementing the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.






Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced it is helping develop new genetic sequencing platforms to help curb the spread of influenza and antibiotic-resistant infections.






Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT gave $1.5 million to seven recipients of two Cooperative Agreement programs–the High Impact Pilot and Standards Exploration Award–to improve patient information sharing.






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