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Dave Pearson
Senior Writer
Prior to joining TriMed in 2014, Dave was an independent reporter and copywriter. He has worked in journalism, public relations and marketing for more than 25 years, concentrating on business, healthcare, technology and religion. He has also worked extensively in fundraising communications, freelancing for local, national and international charities.
 - Strand

As tumor genetic testing—aka “molecular profiling”—becomes increasingly routine in oncology clinics for treating individual patients, it’s also showing good promise as a broader EHR data-mining environment, advancing the art and science of precision oncology on the whole. 

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is inviting hospitals and health systems to apply for a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) of up to $1 million if they can show their ability to innovate, via pilot project, the streamlining of access to health information by patients and providers across at least two separate health organizations.

 - Businesswoman with laptop

Not only are women health IT workers paid less than their male counterparts, but they also have fewer opportunities to advance to executive levels within the field.

 - Monkey

Medical applications may be a ways off—the most obvious being greater mobility for quadriplegics—but if you haven’t yet seen the video of a monkey using his brain, and only his brain, to scoot around in a wheelchair … well, what are you waiting for?

A new study tapping HIMSS Analytics research data shows that most hospitals are still supporting legacy pager systems. This seems stunning in light of the fact that the average paging-service cost is more than $9 per device per month, while modern messaging apps can be had for under $5 per device per month.

 - Apps

Among 1,000-plus mobile healthcare applications aimed at patients, fewer than half of iOS apps and a little more than a quarter of Android ones are likely to be useful, according to an analysis commissioned by the Commonwealth Fund.

 - HHS

The Department of Health & Human Services is facing a serious IT staffing crisis, and the numbers tell the story. 

 - BloodTest

By stripping an EHR of its ability to facilitate automatic orders of daily lab tests without review, a team of utilization interveners has saved a large academic medical center upwards of $300,000. 

 - software security code

A new analysis suggests the healthcare industry is considerably worse at protecting private info than financial services, consumer electronics and software vendors.