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HITRUST Develops Security Framework for Small Healthcare Organizations

The Health Information Trust Alliance, HITRUST, has announced updates to the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) and a new CSF initiative targeting smaller healthcare organizations to support their information risk management programs and improve their cyber resilience.

Two-Thirds of Responding Physicians Reimbursed for Quality, Survey Finds

In a survey of 866 U.S. physicians, two-thirds of “organized provider” respondents said they are reimbursed primarily through alternative payment models designed to hold them accountable for quality, cost and patient outcomes.

GAO: HHS Needs Comprehensive Plan to Improve EHR Use in Post-Acute Settings

Issues such as increased cost and lack of access to technology often deter the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems in post-acute care settings, such as rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, according to a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Nextstrain.org Wins Open Science Prize

A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand prize winner of the Open Science Prize.

Survey: Patients Becoming More Engaged with their Healthcare

A survey of 200 patients and 200 healthcare providers reveals that most patients have become more engaged with their healthcare during the past two years, a change that’s been noticed by providers.

MEDHOST Announces It Has Achieved Meaningful Use Stage 3 Certification

Franklin, Tenn.-based MEDHOST, a provider of enterprise solutions for healthcare management systems, announced that its business intelligence solution has achieved Meaningful Use Stage 3 certification for Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) 2015.

Advanced Analytics Drives Health System’s Value-Based Care Success

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Advanced analytics makes it much easier for health systems and hospitals to succeed in value-based care contracts. This article details how a health system used advanced analytics to reduce out-of-network referrals, emergency department visits, and hospital...

Who’s to Blame for Healthcare’s Interoperability Struggles? An Expert Weighs in—and Urges Stakeholders to Move Forward

February 28, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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It was refreshing to read Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein’s commentary on interoperability, and why constantly pointing fingers at each other can be counterproductive.

BREAKING: Republicans’ Plans to Repeal the ACA Appear to Not Touch Internal System Reform Provisions

February 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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There is considerable confusion right now around congressional Republicans’ stated intentions to repeal and replace the ACA, while all known provisions of a draft bill focus solely on the Act’s health insurance provisions

UPMC’s McCallister and Heppenstall: The Time Is Now to Invest in HIT’s Future

February 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the midst of the frenzied activity at HIMSS17 in Orlando last week, UPMC CIO Ed McCallister and UPMC Enterprises president Tal Heppenstall spoke with Healthcare Informatics about where their organization is headed these days

John Boehner to HIMSS17 Audience: the ACA Will Not Be Repealed, Only "Fixed"

February 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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On the closing day of HIMSS17, former House Speaker John Boehner and former Governor Ed Rendell shared their views of the ACA's future--and Boehner stated bluntly that he believes the ACA will not be repealed, only "fixed"

On the Way Home from Orlando: My HIMSS17 Takeaways

February 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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What were the biggest lessons learned at HIMSS17?

LIVE FROM HIMSS17: Catching Up Briefly with Brian Ahier at the HIMSS Conference

February 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Brian Ahier, digital health evangelist at Aetna/Medicity, spoke with Healthcare Informatics about what he’s been seeing at HIMSS17

Live from HIMSS17: Allscripts CEO Paul Black Says Congressional Spotlight on Data Blocking Has "Changed Business Practices Overnight"

February 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In an exclusive interview with Healthcare Informatics, Paul Black dishes on interoperability, the EHR market, and what's in Allscripts' near-term pipeline

Live from HIMSS17: What is Your Organization’s Security Readiness? New Assessment Program Benchmarks and Identifies Gaps

February 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A Healthcare Security Readiness Program provides healthcare IT leaders with an assessment of the current state of their security readiness and benchmarks an organization's security maturity against industry peers in order to identify gaps.

LIVE FROM HIMSS17: CMIOs Speak their Minds on Collaboration, Culture

February 22, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In two different panel discussions on Tuesday at HIMSS17, six different current and former CMIOs shared their perspectives on what CMIOs need in order to be successful at their jobs—and what they need to bring to them to begin with

HL7 CTO Wayne Kubick on HIMSS17

February 22, 2017  |  David Raths
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Speaking from the HIMSS conference, Wayne Kubick, HL7’s chief technology officer, said attendees are expressing interest in using FHIR to write back data to an EHR, instead of just reading it out through an API.