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Powering patient engagement with healthcare CRM

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ScienceSoft interprets patient engagement from the IT side and explains why CRM is at the core of patient-caregiver cooperation. As there is no established definition of patient engagement, contradictory opinions clash with common points of view all the time....

St. Jude Medical Responds to Poor Security Claims on its Cardiac Devices

August 31, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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St. Jude Medical officials have attested that the allegations made regarding the lack of security and safety of the manufacturer’s cardiac devices are “false and misleading.”

HHS Awards Funding to Improve State-Level Data Collection and Analysis Around Opioid Misuse

August 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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HHS has announced $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to combat the opioid crisis with a specific focus on reducing opioid related deaths and strengthening drug misuse prevention efforts.

Fourteen Texas Health Hospitals Get Revalidated with Stage 7 EMRAM

August 31, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Fourteen Texas Health Resources (Texas Health) locations have been revalidated with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model Stage 7 recognition, according to an Aug. 31 announcement from HIMSS Analytics.

Only 29 Percent of Hospitals Conducting Precision Medicine But Efforts Are Gaining Momentum, Study Finds

August 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Currently there is limited adoption of precision medicine programs across U.S. hospitals and the majority of organizations conducting precision medicine are focused on cancer, according to a recent study from HIMSS Analytics.

Cerner, 3M Partner for Patient-Centric Population Health

August 31, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Two major healthcare IT vendors, Cerner and 3M Information Systems, have announced a partnership in which 3M’s patient-focused episodes software will be integrated with Cerner’s population health management platform.

Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

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As healthcare organizations see their troves of imaging data grow exponentially, many are concerned about how to leverage that data to their best advantage. The restructuring of processes and image metadata practices are a must as healthcare providers...

A New Study Looks at the Hidden Threats Within Network Traffic

August 30, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The Ponemon Institute and A10 Networks have released a new survey-based study that looks at a range of network traffic-related threats to data security in healthcare and other industries

Study: App Developed for Inpatient Rounding, Handoffs Improves Note Taking and Patient Care

August 30, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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A smartphone app built as an inpatient rounding and handoff tool was quickly adopted by clinicians and facilitated real-time data entry, according to a recent study.

ONC Announces Blockchain Health IT Challenge Winners

August 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners of its “Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-related Research Challenge.”

AMA Launches Enhanced Geospatial Mapping Tool Identifying Underserved Patient Care Areas

August 30, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The American Medical Association (AMA) this week unveiled enhancements to its Health Workforce Mapper, an interactive mapping tool that can help healthcare providers identify underserved patient care areas.

In Oklahoma, a Regional HMO Deploys Predictive Analytics to Drive Better Health Outcomes

August 30, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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GlobalHealth, an Oklahoma City-based HMO, implemented a predictive analytics platform combined with human outreach to improve its care management program, resulting in an 18 percent reduction in ER encounters and a 22 percent reduction in readmissions.

Revamping Radiology Workflows for Improved Billing Accuracy: A Large Hospital’s Experience

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After multiple delays, healthcare organizations across the country are now required to code diagnoses and procedures using the 10th revision of International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems, better known as ICD-10....

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Shouldn’t CMS Officials Be More Straightforward About ACOs’ Level of Progress? Sorting through the Jumble of Numbers for Clarity

August 27, 2016     Mark Hagland
CMS’s August 25 release of the latest numbers on the progress of ACOs in the MSSP and Pioneer ACO programs was clouded by the framing and presentation coming from the agency itself. Couldn’t CMS officials have been more transparent and straightforward about all of this?

EHRs’ Evolution: Are They Advancing Too Slowly?

August 24, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
Last week, a commentary from physicians in JAMA about their dissatisfaction with electronic health records got me thinking about the different stages of technology’s growth.

CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn Talks SMART on FHIR

August 24, 2016     David Raths
CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn, M.D., believes the “app store” model for modular improvements to EHRs is very promising. “Everybody has a smartphone in their pocket and everyone understands apps and add-ons."

A Strong Message from Two HIT Leaders on Leadership and Strategy and What Lies Ahead

August 21, 2016     Mark Hagland
Two presenters at the Health IT Summit in Seattle last week, coming at the subject from different vantage points, ended up reinforcing the same exceptionally important points about healthcare strategy and leadership in the current operating environment

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