ITUpdate July 2014

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» The McKnight's Technology Awards will accept entries until July 12. Providers in skilled nursing, assisted living and continuing care retirement communities are all encouraged to apply. Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners will be recognized in five categories: Quality through Technology; Dignity through Technology; the High Tech/High Touch Award; the Innovator of the Year Award; and the Transitions Award. The program is free to enter and sponsored by Tena. Find out more at

» Free-form gestures, such as sweeping fingers in shapes across the screen of a smartphone, may be a better way than traditional passwords to protect personal or confidential information, according to a Rutgers University study. The gestures are less likely to be observed or reproduced, according to researchers in the School of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The researchers planned to release their work around MobiSys '14, which is a conference in mobile computing.

» Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) have asked providers for more transparency in healthcare-related data. The letter asked for comments by Aug. 12 on how to make the data “more useful and readily available.” 

» Causal relations among computer network events allow computer hosts to be infected by malicious software, or malware, according to new research from Virginia Tech. Work funded by a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER grant elucidates how software can be used to differentiate human-user computer interaction from malware. Results were presented at the June 2014 ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security in Kyoto, Japan. 

» The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an update on two of its packages used to report clinical quality measures as part of its EHR Incentive Programs. The updates, part of Quality Reporting Document Architecture I and III packages, are corrections to sample files that were part of download packages, such as fixing missing IDs on templates. 


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