U.S. states are some of the largest employers in the country, so it only stands to reason that they are and can be some of the most influential advocates of preventive medicine and wellness programs for Americans.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced the winners of the Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-related Research Challenge.

CommonWell Health Alliance announced that members will be giving patients access to their health data for the first time via the CommonWell network, a not-for-profit trade association of health IT companies working together to create universal access to health data nationwide.






The Medical Group Management Association 2016 Cost and Revenue Report, released in August 2016, found that IT costs have increased by more than 40 percent per physician since 2009.






The National Institutes of Health announced the winners of the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams Challenge, which included designs for smart pills and disposable sepsis detection chips.






The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released its 2017 draft of the Interoperability Standards Advisory for public comment.






As the Precision Medicine Initiative continues its work to revolutionize how to improve health and treat disease, Cloudera has announced it will be donating its technologies to researchers and has pledged to train 1,000 of them in the latest big data technologies and data science techniques.






Due to a lack of adequate resources, many health care providers are falling far behind in their cybersecurity practices, according to data in the 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey.






Cybercriminals have become more sophisticated–going beyond mere ransomware to destruction of files, database internals, and complete systems, according to a July 2016 white paper published by EMC. That’s why EMC officials recommend a new type of security called a layered data protection strategy.






The medical device industry’s role in health care is changing, says a new report called “Beyond the device: From producer to problem solver,” produced by PwC. Seven in 10 of the largest medical device companies have reorganized to broaden the services they offer health care customers.






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