ONC launches challenge for online notice of privacy; Walgreens, CVS among pharmacies joining Blue Button initiative;

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> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is launching a new challenge to create an online notice of privacy practices, the agency announced this week. In a post to the Health IT Buzz blog, ONC Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts said that the challenge, launched in collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights, will require developers to "think outside the box in creating an online version of the notice that helps break down barriers for patients taking greater control of their health care." Post

> Leading pharmacies and retailers--including Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and Rite Aid--are joining Blue Button initiative, according to another Health IT Buzz post. Post

> Healthcare CIOs in the United Kingdom are pessimistic that government can deliver IT-led innovation in the National Health Service, according to a new report. The Xirrus New Technologies in the NHS Report reveals that 74 percent of respondents either are 'not very confident' or 'not confident at all' in the government's ability to drive IT-led healthcare innovation." Announcement

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> In the wake of sweeping healthcare reform and shifting priorities throughout the industry, nonprofit hospitals can expect to see new trends in 2014, according to Nonprofit Quarterly. Article

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> A feasibility study across three countries--Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States--finds that smartphone-based smoking cessation apps are a promising medium to reach smokers, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research's mHealth and uHealth. Article

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