HHS CIO to step down at month's end; Researchers use integrated computational method to predict adverse drug reactions;

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> Frank Baitman will step down as CIO for the Health and Human Services Department at the end of the month, according to Federal News Radio. He has held the position since 2012. Current acting deputy CIO Beth Killoran likely will serve as acting CIO until someone is chosen for the role. Article

> Using an integrated computational method, researchers at Barcelona-based Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and Pompeu Fabra University are better able to predict adverse drug reactions. The new model is able to complement the detection of unstable fragments in a drug's structure with information on the action of the drug. Announcement

> HHS is calling on technology professionals to help modernize the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, according to a Nextgov report. The agency specifically is looking for a "software platforms architect" and a "data integration and management architect." Article

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> A new report ranks the nation's most innovative healthcare providers in categories such as leadership, boundary-pushing and overall vision, with industry giants such as Kaiser Permanente in California and the Cleveland Clinic leading the field. Article

> Nine in 10 infection control leaders say their organizations are better prepared than they were a year ago to care for a patient with a highly infectious disease like Ebola, but more than a half say they still don't have enough resources to support infection prevention programs. Article

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> Children who have a consistent place to receive well and sick care are less likely to be readmitted to a hospital in the weeks after discharge compared to those who didn't have a primary care provider, according to a new study. Article

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