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Allegheny Health Network, VA Pittsburgh Integrate EMR Systems

Allegheny Health Network (AHN), based in Pittsburgh, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), have announced the successful integration of their electronic medical record (EMR) platforms.

Wisconsin Urology Group Notifies Patients of Data Breach Due to Ransomware Attack

Wauwatosa, Wis.-based Metropolitan Urology Group has notified its patients of a breach of unsecured patient health information due to a ransomware attack back in November 2016.

Study: For Post-Op Patients, Mobile Apps for Follow-Up Care Led to Fewer In-Person Visits

For patients undergoing ambulatory surgery, those who used a mobile app for follow-up care attended fewer in-person visits post- operation than patients who did not use the app, according to a study in JAMA Surgery.

Information Blocking is Routine and Fairly Widespread, Survey of HIEs Finds

In a survey, 50 percent of HIE leaders said electronic health record (EHR) vendors "routinely" engage in information blocking, and 25 percent reported that hospitals and health systems routinely engage in business practices that interfere with electronic health information exchange.

ONC Updates SAFER Guides to Address EHR Safety

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published updated safety best practices, called the Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience (SAFER) Guides, to identify recommended practices to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs).

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Remain Underprepared for MACRA

Two-thirds of healthcare providers report that they are “unprepared” or “very unprepared” for managing and executing Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) initiatives, according to a survey from Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc.

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...

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Machine Learning Gets Serious

March 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Machine learning is proving its value in the clinical quality improvement sphere. What are its next applications?

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Medical Devices are the New Cyber Threat Landscape

March 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Connected medical devices are a ripe target for cyber threats, with data security and patient safety both at stake. Healthcare security leaders need to step up their efforts now to address these cyber threats with a risk-based approach, experts say.

How Is Health Tech Like Harry Potter's Wand?

March 23, 2017  |  Glenn Pearson
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A recent Healthcare Informatics webinar I was a part of included many nuanced comments about the value and challenges of incorporating and implementing technology in healthcare.

What Do Primary Care Docs Need in Terms of Genomic Clinical Decision Support?

March 23, 2017  |  David Raths
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At the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, work on genomic clinical decision support has started with a focus on primary care.

Clinical Transformation: Brian Patty’s CMIO Perspective on Health System Change

March 22, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Brian Patty, M.D., CMIO at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, shares his perspectives on where the movement towards clinical transformation is headed in U.S. healthcare

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Moving the Learning Health System from Concept to Reality

March 22, 2017  |  David Raths
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The potential of big data, within a learning health system, is starting to become a reality at some of the leading patient care systems in the country and through some consortia.

HHS Hires Deputy Health Technology Secretary, Raising More Questions about ONC’s Future

March 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has hired former Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, M.D., as a deputy assistant secretary for health technology within the federal agency.

RWJBarnabas Health's CISO on the Changing Cybersecurity Threat Landscape

March 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Hussein Syed, CISO at the West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health system, spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the steps that his organization is taking to mitigate risk in an evolving cyber threat landscape.

Could Public-Private Collaboration Around Hospital Data Move Into a New Phase?

March 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A “Perspective” column published in The New England Journal of Medicine that points to potential areas of collaboration around the data inputs to the Prospective Payment System—with some interesting implications

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Clinical Transformation: The Time Is Absolutely Now

March 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of pioneering patient care organizations are beginning to create templates for clinical transformation that their peers can follow, in the journey that lies ahead.