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Today’s Rundown

  1. Precision medicine, telehealth get a boost in budget bill; ONC maintains funding levels
  2. Datapalooza17: OCR and FTC carve out nuanced approaches to privacy oversight
  3. Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are a ‘turning point’ for precision medicine, analysts say
  4. ONC releases interoperability measurement framework

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Precision medicine, telehealth get a boost in budget bill; ONC maintains funding levels

Monday, May 1, 2017 A proposed $1 trillion federal spending package released late Sunday evening includes additional funding for precision medicine research and telehealth programs, while maintaining funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that would fund the government through September.

Top Stories


Datapalooza17: OCR and FTC carve out nuanced approaches to privacy oversight

Monday, May 1, 2017 Two federal agencies have developed a symbiotic working relationship to ensure that data obtained by digital health apps and mobile devices remains private and secure. Representatives from OCR and the FTC provided insights into each agency’s enforcement strategy during a session at Health Datapalooza on Friday, responding to several scenarios that digital health startups might face.


Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are a ‘turning point’ for precision medicine, analysts say

Monday, May 1, 2017 The federal government is already investing millions of dollars into precision medicine research, but the ability for consumers to access their genetic information without having to see a physician could be a launchpad for personalized medicine. Allowing patients to understand their genetic makeup through 10 FDA-approved screening tests offered through 23andMe will be a “turning point in the democratization of personalized medicine," according to two analysts.


ONC releases interoperability measurement framework

Monday, May 1, 2017 Building on its interoperability roadmap, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released a framework for measuring nationwide progress. The proposed framework focuses on two key issues: implementation of interoperability standards within health IT products, and how end users, such as health systems and providers, customize those standards to meet interoperability needs.

News of Note

Health IT vendor Greenway Health is recovering from a ransomware attack last week that froze data for a portion of its customers. The company said it has “restored EHR and practice management functionality to all practices" and indicated there is no evidence patient data was stolen. Greenway Health website The New York Attorney General’s Office is filling a data protection void left by federal laws and cracking down on direct-to-consumer mobile health apps. Hogan Lovells post Several international members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives were named to CIO UK’s “CIO 100″ list, representing industries from healthcare to construction. Leaders are recognized for change management and transformation. CHIME release

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