Washington Debrief: OIG Identifies MU, Interoperability as Top Management Challenges

November 24, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report last week identifying “the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information” among the Top Management Challenges facing the department...

UCLA Web Tool Advances Goal of Democratizing Data

November 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has created a new web tool that will allow access to comprehensive California health statistics by ZIP code, city and legislative district.

Docs with Health IT Less Likely to Accept New Patients

November 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The more health IT systems a doctor has in their office, the less likely they are to accept new patients, according to the findings of a new study.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Heading Towards That $5 Trillion Annual Price Tag on U.S. Healthcare Spending

November 24, 2014     Mark Hagland
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With U.S. healthcare spending now anticipated to rise from just over $3 trillion this year to nearly $5.2 trillion by 2023, such increases will have an impact on many areas of activity, including among many others, imaging informatics

Tweet Chat Recap: HCI, Advisory Board Discuss Operational, IT Challenges in ACOs

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna and Megan Combs
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The 2nd Healthcare Informatics tweet chat took place on Nov. 20, 2014, with The Advisory Board Company as our co-host and accountable care as the topic of choice. Advisory's Dr. Bill Lynagh and HCI Editor-in-Chief, Mark Hagland led a group of tweeters in...

Expert: Third-Party Telemedicine Services Can Complicate Care Management

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Third-party telemedicine services are promising but may complicate the care management under new reimbursement models, says Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D., Director for the Center for Telehealth and Telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Survey: Patients Using Online Reviews to Find Providers

November 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Significantly more patients are using online reviews to find a provider this year compared to last year, according to research from Austin, Tx.-based electronic health record (EHR) comparison site Software Advice.

Study: Cost-Savings Can Occur When EHRs Default to Generic Medication Options

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Physicians will prescribe fewer brand name drugs and can curb health spending when an electronic health record (EHR) defaults to show the generics first, according to a research study.

Managing Virtual Employees

November 21, 2014     Tim Tolan
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Like other market segments, the HIT world is moving to a workforce of virtual employees. As the candidate market gets tighter, I believe this trend will become even more commonplace.

CMS Creates Chief Data Officer Position

November 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) to oversee improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to be more transparent.

Premier, Johns Hopkins Announce Analytics-Focused Collaboration

November 20, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Premier Inc., a purchasing organization of hospitals and health systems based in Charlotte, has announced a joint effort with Johns Hopkins Medicine on performance improvement analytics and services.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Heading Towards That $5 Trillion Annual Price Tag on U.S. Healthcare Spending

November 24, 2014     Mark Hagland
With U.S. healthcare spending now anticipated to rise from just over $3 trillion this year to nearly $5.2 trillion by 2023, such increases will have an impact on many areas of activity, including among many others, imaging informatics

Can the “Doctorless” Patient Model Be Effective?

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Earlier this week at the NYeC 2014 Digital Health Conference, Eric Topol, M.D., gave a speech about using digital health tools in a push towards a “doctorless” patient model. After listening to the keynote, I wondered about the practicality of this approach.

AMIA Debate Highlights Tensions with EHR Vendors

November 18, 2014     David Raths
An American College of Medical Informatics debate held Nov. 18 at the AMIA Symposium in Washington, D.C., brought out some of the challenges academic informatics teams and commercial EHR vendors face in working together.

AMIA Panels Offer Mixed Messages on Stage 3 MU

November 17, 2014     David Raths
At the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, talk about Stage 3 of meaningful use reveals tensions among members about what the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should do.

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