CHIME Launches Two Healthcare Technology Organizations

October 24, 2014     John DeGaspari
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has launched of two new organizations to serve the education and professional development needs of healthcare executives in senior technology and application roles.

Cerner Expects Siemens Deal to Close in 2015

October 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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On an earnings call this week, Kansas City-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, Cerner said it expects its deal with Siemens to close in early 2015.

Geisinger, NIH Launch Genomic Patient Portal

October 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Investigators at the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System have launched an online portal allowing patients to enter their data from clinical genetics tests for analysis by the Clinical Genome Resource.

Public vs. Private HIEs (Part 2)

October 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Leading HIE executives share their thoughts at the HIE landscape and different operational models in a time of uncertainty for the industry. Part 2 of this four-part series is with Michael Matthews, CEO of the regional HIE, MedVirginia.

ONC Confirms Jacob Reider's Departure

October 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Jacob Reider, M.D. the Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), has resigned, an ONC spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare Informatics.

BREAKING: Karen DeSalvo Steps Away from ONC, Tapped by Burwell to Lead Ebola Response Team

October 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National National Coordinator for Health IT, is leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health as part of the Ebola response team.

Regarding Readmissions, One Healthcare Leader Says Hospitals Are Missing the Obvious

October 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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In an effort to reduce avoidable readmissions, many patient care organizations have been implementing post-discharge planning programs. But according to one healthcare expert, this approach is only part of the solution.

Improving the Health of Communities in Haiti

October 23, 2014     Mark Hagland
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A healthcare IT vendor-sponsored non-profit organization is helping to facilitate improved, health record-facilitated healthcare delivery in rural Haiti

HHS Announces $840 Million Initiative for Value-Based Medical Reform

October 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency is making a $840 million investment into value-based coordinated care initiatives in an effort to further healthcare reform.

Avalere Exec to Lead Health Data Consortium

October 23, 2014     David Raths
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The Health Data Consortium (HDC) has named Christopher Boone, Ph.D., its new executive director, replacing Dwayne Spradlin, who had led the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization since February 2013. Before taking the position with HDC, Boone was a vice...

Survey: Hand Hygiene at Hospitals Progressing Towards Electronic Monitoring

October 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Nearly 80 percent of infection preventionists, nurses, and other healthcare leaders from U.S. hospitals believe electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring is a more accurate option than direct observation, yet most facilities are still relying more on manual...

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Is the Drive to Coordinated Care Coming at a Price for Patients?

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A recent study in JAMA from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that the trend of hospitals and health systems consolidating medical groups and physician practices is increasing costs for the patients. And here I thought bundling services lowered costs...

Maryland ACOs Find Data Integrity Key to Progress

October 21, 2014     David Raths
MedChi Network Services (MNS), a subsidiary of the Maryland Medical Society, operates three Medicare Shared Savings Program Advance Payment ACOs, and has learned some lessons about the importance of data integrity to the overall mission of ACOs

ROI Important to the VNA?

October 20, 2014     Joe Marion
In a recent conversation with Jeff Timbrook, global vice president of healthcare, Perceptive Software (http://www.perceptivesoftware.com/), the subject of an ROI analysis came up with respect to the vendor neutral archive (VNA). Jeff was curious as to whether ROI analyses come...

Amid a Building Crisis, Could Clinical Decision Support Tools Make a Difference in Managing the Ebola Outbreak?

October 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
As developments move forward rapidly in the growing Ebola crisis in the U.S., could the leveraging of strong clinical decision support tools make a difference in patient care organizations?

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