Top Ten Tech Trends: "Survivor: Edition HIE"--Can Statewide HIEs Achieve Sustainability?

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The answer is a qualified ‘yes,' statewide HIEs can achieve sustainability--but, say those in the know, it will take business realism and a strong dose of ingenuity

Obama Administration Sets Value-Based Reimbursement Goals

January 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants 30 percent of traditional Medicare fee-for-service payments tied to a quality-driven, alternative payment model, such as an Accountable Care Organization (ACOs), by the end of next year.

Making Doctors Mobile: Zeroing in on Clinical Workflow

January 26, 2015     David Raths
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Too often, doctors have gotten excited about the idea of viewing results on their iPads, only to have to seek out a PC with a keyboard in order to enter orders. But in 2015, with the increasing maturity of devices and software, some organizations are starting...

GUEST BLOG: 2015 Promises a Year of Value and Data-Driven Change

January 26, 2015     Linda Lockwood, R.N. and Mike Garzone
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A recent report stated that U.S. healthcare spending increased 3.6 percent to reach $2.9 trillion in 2013, the fifth consecutive year of growth. This unsustainable growth, the continued reimbursement squeeze on healthcare providers and relentless regulatory...

Washington Debrief: President Outlines Vision for Stronger Cybersecurity

January 26, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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During his State of the Union address, President Obama called on lawmakers to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation that would focus on: increased information sharing, modernization of law enforcement agencies, and national data breach reporting. The...

State Innovation Models to Invest in Health IT

January 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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The State Health Innovation Plans developed by 25 states—with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—plan to significantly invest in health IT services, according to a recent analysis from the New York-based research firm, Accenture.

Paul Tang’s New-Century Challenge: Time to Start Treating Patients Like People

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
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At iHT2-San Diego, an appeal to healthcare leaders to begin thinking about person-centered healthcare—and to begin to think about the implications of the concept for care delivery going forward

Twitter Proves Valuable in Predicting Heart Disease Rates

January 23, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well-being and can predict county-level rates of heart disease.

Top Ten Tech Trends: "Clinical Informaticists 2.0"

January 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
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What will senior clinical informaticists need going forward? Rock-solid skills and big-picture understandings and leadership capabilities, that’s for certain

The Work on OpenNotes Will Continue Thanks to Grant Funding

January 23, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), in Boston, has received a grant of $450,000 from The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization, also in Boston, to develop and improve a patient engagement initiative.

Top Ten Tech Trends: Closing the Gaps in Transitions of Care

January 23, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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The movement of a patient from one setting of care to another—and the electronic documentation of that movement—is vital in accurately being able to tell the patient’s entire story, but has also become an area that providers have struggled with in terms of...

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Paul Tang’s New-Century Challenge: Time to Start Treating Patients Like People

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
At iHT2-San Diego, an appeal to healthcare leaders to begin thinking about person-centered healthcare—and to begin to think about the implications of the concept for care delivery going forward

Designing PHRs with Accessibility in Mind

January 22, 2015     David Raths
Because they are high-volume consumers of health care, people with disabilities would benefit greatly from accessible personal health records. The Accessible Designs for Personal Health Records project set out to design a prototype.

Healthcare Data Security: Battles are Being Lost, But the War Can Still be Won

January 21, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Right now, the healthcare industry is clearly losing the battle when it comes to data breaches. But as the old saying goes, you can lose battles and still win the war.

Will FDA Clarify Approach to Clinical Decision Support in 2015?

January 21, 2015     David Raths
The FDA also has released its schedule for developing guidance for the 2015 fiscal year, and prioritized on the list is medical device clinical decision support software. Many in the health IT industry are relieved that the FDA has prioritized clinical decision support, but they...

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