Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• Susannah Fox was named the new Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday. Fox, the first female CTO of HHS, has voiced her intent to support the "data liberación" strategy and free health data stored in siloed government databases. Source
• On Tuesday, CMS proposed its first update in 12 years to Medicaid managed-care plans. The new rule would financially encourage states to fund electronic health record (EHR) systems for long-term care and behavioral health providers, who have been previously excluded from receiving federal incentives for EHR use. Source
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications through July 6 for grants awarded through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. The department plans to award a total of $19 million dollars toward hardware, software, and other infrastructure to support telehealth and other DLT services. Source
On The Front Lines:
This week, Apple took a slight 0.01 percent dip in the total market share among pMD's physician charge capture users. Elsewhere in tech news, BrandZ’s Most Valuable Global Brands of 2015 list was published this week. Apple regained the top spot on the list, and last year’s winner, Google, came in at number two.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.