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Health Insurer Centene Reports Finding Six Lost Hard Drives

February 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Centene Corp., the St. Louis, Mo.-based health insurer, has recovered the six missing computer hard drives that contained personal health information (PHI) of approximately 950,000 individuals.

At Stanford Health Care, a Virtual Primary Care Clinic Designed Around the Patient

February 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
At the Calif.-based Stanford Medicine & Stanford Health Care, ClickWell Care (CWC), a telemedicine primary care delivery model, was developed and implemented to better address the needs of Stanford Medicine’s current population of accountable care...

Recent Healthcare Data Breaches Due to Stolen Laptops, Unauthorized Employee Access

February 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
There were a number of reported healthcare data breaches this week, including Miami-based Jackson Health System reporting that a “rogue” hospital employee may have stolen confidential patient information affecting more than 20,000 patients.

McKesson, HealthQX Partner on Bundled Payment Technology Solutions

February 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Newton, Mass.-based McKesson Health Solutions and HealthQX, based in King of Prussia, Pa., this week announced an alliance designed to help payers quickly design and scale complex bundled payment models and then provide timely and accurate payment to providers.

Study: Patients with Electronic Health Records Experience Fewer In-Hospital Adverse Events

February 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
A recent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) indicates that patients exposed to a fully electronic health record (EHR) were between 17 and 30 percent less likely to experience in-hospital adverse events.

Cerner Awarded $50.7m DoD Data Hosting Contract

February 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. has been awarded a $50.7 million sole source data hosting add-on to the massive Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record (EHR) contract that it won last year.

Proposed 2017 Federal Budget Includes $82M for ONC, $51M for Healthcare Cybersecurity

February 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
President Barack Obama this week presented his last budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2017 and it includes a $22 million funding boost for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to support health IT interoperability programs and $51...

Washington Debrief: Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Access to Telehealth under Medicare

February 10, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
The bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced last week would begin to expand Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services.

Healthcare’s Ever-Changing Workforce

February 10, 2016  |  Tim Tolan
To remain competitive and attract top technical talent, the hiring practices of CIOs and CMIOs will have to evolve and include the new independent workforce, as it’s now known.

Cerner Opens Smart on FHIR Developer Website

February 10, 2016  |  David Raths
Cerner, the EHR vendor that has been most enthusiastic about the draft open healthcare data standard FHIR, has opened up a “sandbox” to third-party developers to help them create Smart on FHIR applications.


Does Your Health System Have a Chief Learning Officer?

February 10, 2016     David Raths
As health systems grow larger through mergers and acquisitions, providing training and keeping track of training requirements has become a greater challenge. As in other industries, organizations are starting to hire chief learning officers to oversee implementations of learning management systems.

Vermont HIE Focuses on Data Quality to Power ACOs

February 7, 2016     David Raths
The Vermont HIE, has made a concerted effort to improve data quality and to be a more valuable source of analytics data for the state’s three accountable care organizations.

MU Lifespan: Good or bad news for imaging?

February 4, 2016     Joe Marion
Will changes in ARRA MU impact efforts to expand image accessibility by the patient, and why this would be a bad thing.

Data Warehouse Field of Dreams

February 4, 2016     Pete Rivera
The CIO then steps back, arms spread and announces that they have built a data warehouse. The problem is that no one really knows how to use it. At least in the movie “Field of Dreams,” they build a baseball field for people that already knew how to play. By building it the players came and you can...

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