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HIMSS16: CMS throws down health data interoperability gauntlet

The talk is over for health IT vendors as The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) steps up efforts to pivot U.S. healthcare to value-based care and away from fee-for-service. Addressing this year’s Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt (pictured above speaking at HIMSS with National Health IT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D ...

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HIMSS16: Get on the health data interoperability train, or be left behind

At this year’s Health Information Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference, health data interoperability is in the air, building on the watershed HIMSS of 2013 – when CEOs of five EHR vendors joined together on stage to form the CommonWell Health Alliance, a major step forward in cross-vendor health data interoperability. This year, federal officials are pressing vendors and healthcare provide ...

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Medical devices, personal health data the new ‘Target’ for hackers

In a 2012 episode of the acclaimed TV series “Homeland,” the Vice President of the United States is killed by lead character and treacherous spy Nicholas Brody. Brody does not use a gun, a bomb or even poison to take out the second most powerful leader in the free world, instead he hacks into the VP’s pacemaker and accelerates his heart beat leading to a fatal heart attack. And while this Hollywood plotline ...

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Quick HITs: Health data’s allure to hackers

It’s a mantra security experts and reporters repeat so frequently that it’s a given, a fact-by-repetition, a subjective opinion so true it can’t be false: Hackers love health data because it’s worth so much more than financial data. But why? Can you really explain why? Yes, some underserved individual patients so desperate for treatment (or, perhaps, access to controlled substances) might look for opportuni ...

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IT Security Pros Primed for Black Hat Videos & RSA Speaking Submissions

This week, RSA Conference will open its speaking submission process for next year's event, scheduled for late February in San Francisco. And not too far from now in early August, Las Vegas will play host to the Black Hat USA conference. At MSLGROUP, we're busy on both fronts. For RSA Conference, we're analyzing accepted abstracts our teams drafted last year to see what worked. That insight will be applied d ...

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MSLGROUP Interviews ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas

Owen Thomas has been writing about technology since the birth of the Internet. That’s not as long as it sounds but it is still a long time, especially when measured by smartphone generation years. Owen has worked for (and in several cases outlived) great publications like Red Herring, Business 2.0. Venture Beat and Business Insider. He is now the editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, which he describes as a b2d pub ...

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PR Lessons Learned In 1H 2015: Part One

With the end of the first half of the year approaching, MSLGROUP decided to take a look back at the PR lessons learned thus far in 2015 and what they mean for our industry and our clients. Without further ado: 1. In times of crisis, early, frequent, honest communication that provides next steps is best. While not a completely new idea, 2015 has shown us a few different examples of brand crises done right an ...

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The Road to HIMSS15: Chicago in a nutsh—er, hot dog bun

Chicago is one of the world’s great cities for food, music, sports and architecture – so it would be a crime to spend your entire HIMSS 2015 in America’s largest convention center (like I did on my first visit to Chicago). Right? After all, this is the town that gave us Al Capone, pinball machines, Chess Records, Wilco and the Hostess Twinkie. We combined our own experiences with those of natives we look up ...

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The Road to HIMSS15 with FierceHealthIT’s Dan Bowman

Image: "Beauty of Chicago" by Flickr user normalityrelief, licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike. Dan Bowman, the FierceHealthIT reporter deeply embedded in Washington D.C., has his finger on federal HIT policy’s pulse. We sat down with him to discuss what stories will matter to him at the 2015 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition April 12-16 in Chicago ...

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Road to @HIMSS15 with Kyle Murphy of Xtelligent Media: Making plans at the show and in Chicago

Continuing our Road to HIMSS15 series, MSLGROUP sat down with Kyle Murphy, PhD, Editorial Director of Xtelligent Media, to talk about what he anticipates will be hot topics at this year's show and his thoughts on Chicago. His articles appear primarily on EHRIntelligence.com.  MSLGROUP: HIMSS 2015 is a month out. What stories will you be tracking closely? Murphy: Last year, we saw many population health init ...

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It’s Psychology, Not Technology

At SXSW there are hundreds of vendors (some with really great services) offering tools for measurement, communication and engagement. Yet too often communications professionals forget strategy and psychology and let the tools drive. They get excited by all the bells and whistles and may miss the big picture or get distracted. The tools aren’t the car that gets us to our destination – they are the tools that ...

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Infosec Innovators Urged to Act on Ideas as RSA 2014 Wraps

For the masses mulling around San Francisco’s Moscone Center last week, they would likely agree that RSA Conference 2014 was brimming with innovation. We at MSLGROUP witnessed it firsthand with our troops on the ground and those reporting from the RSA Conference War Room. We saw top innovators receive due recognition at the SC Magazine Awards ceremony, among other honors dished out last week. And we know on ...

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