A Glass Half-Empty Or a Glass Half-Full? Parsing the ACO Evidence in Real-Time

September 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
blog
Is there a proper place on the spectrum between cynicism and optimism at which to rest, when it comes to assessing last week’s publication by CMS of ACO program results?

My Patient Portal Experience: Underwhelming So Far

September 21, 2014     David Raths
blog
My first experience with hospital and specialist patient portals have not been as satisfying as I would have hoped. isn’t it going at it backwards to tell patients that there is almost nothing of value available yet on the portal but that they should use it...

Achieving Statewide Connectivity and Interoperability Down Under: New South Wales’s Experience So Far

September 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
article
New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia, is in the middle of groundbreaking work that is making EHR data and diagnostic images available at an unprecedented level of access and seamlessness, on behalf of that state’s people

What Do CMS’s ACO Programs’ Results Really Mean? One Industry Observer’s View

September 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
article
On Sept. 17, CMS announced results coming out of the Pioneer ACO Program and Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Advisory Board Company’s Tom Cassels has nuanced views on what those results really mean.

Cerner Passes Regulatory Hurdle for Siemens Acquisition

September 19, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination for Cerner of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, which will allow the Kansas City-based company to maintain its acquisition of Siemens Health...

AMA Calls for Overhaul of EHRs

September 19, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for a complete overhaul of the electronic medical record (EMR), saying current systems are taking their toll on physicians.

Cerner, Athenahealth: Latest Working with Apple

September 19, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Two major EHR vendors, the Kansas City-based, Cerner and the Watertown, Mass.-based, Athenahealth are both working with Apple to integrate their software into HealthKit, according to media reports.

Stage 2 Attestations: St. Anthony’s Medical Center Stands Tall on the MU Mountain

September 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
article
In Part 1 of a two-part series profiling healthcare organizations that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s CIO explains how it was able to overcome two of the toughest Stage 2 requirements.

RECs Support More Than 100k Providers to Demonstrate Meaningful Use

September 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Regional extension centers (RECs) — created to assist providers in electronic health record (EHR) implementation and health IT needs— now support more than 100,000 providers to demonstrate Stage 1 of meaningful use, according to the Office of the National...

Kaiser CIO Fasano Moves to AIG

September 18, 2014     David Raths
article
Phil Fasano, who has been executive vice president and chief information officer at Kaiser Permanente since 2007, is leaving that position to take a newly created CIO position at insurer American International Group Inc.

Population Health Resource Company Receives $400 Million in Funding

September 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Privia Health, an Arlington, Va.-based physician practice management and population health resource provider for independent physicians, received $400 million funding for expansion this week.

Blogs

A Glass Half-Empty Or a Glass Half-Full? Parsing the ACO Evidence in Real-Time

September 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
Is there a proper place on the spectrum between cynicism and optimism at which to rest, when it comes to assessing last week’s publication by CMS of ACO program results?

My Patient Portal Experience: Underwhelming So Far

September 21, 2014     David Raths
My first experience with hospital and specialist patient portals have not been as satisfying as I would have hoped. isn’t it going at it backwards to tell patients that there is almost nothing of value available yet on the portal but that they should use it anyway because it...

More Accurate Insights Into What Drives Readmissions

September 17, 2014     David Raths
Carolinas Healthcare's Patient Centered Point of Care Clinical Decision Support tool segments hospital patients into four readmission risk groups and provides case managers with recommended interventions. More than 200 case managers are using the tools and 123,000...

The Chase Comparison – Moving Beyond the EMR for Quality Improvement

September 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Moving from volume to value-based care is a journey. That much is clear. But how can provider organizations use Chase bank as a guide as they move from different care models in an attempt to improve outcomes?

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