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New Hampshire Hospitals Form Population Health Venture with Harvard Pilgrim

October 6, 2015  |  Heather Landi
New Hampshire hospitals Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System and Frisbie Memorial Hospital have entered into a joint venture with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to form Benevera Health with the aim of improving the quality of health care and reducing costs.

ONC: Patient Engagement Capabilities Increasing In U.S. Hospitals

October 6, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Last year, six out of 10 hospitals provide patients with the ability to electronically view, download, and transmit their health information, according to a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Live from iHT2-Chicago: Senior BlueCross BlueShield Executive Offers a Collaborative Vision of Healthcare’s Future

October 6, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
Health plan-provider collaboration, facilitated by automation and technology, offers a path forward towards the re-visioning of U.S. healthcare, Dr. Stephen Ondra told iHT2-Chicago attendees

MU Health Receives Global HIMSS Davies Award for Health IT Excellence

October 6, 2015  |  Heather Landi
University of Missouri Health Care was awarded the global Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence for its health care technology innovations.

Data Security in 2015: A Need to be Proactive

October 6, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
It’s been a trying year already for healthcare organizations and data security. Can anything be done to stop the bleeding?

Insufficient IT and Analytics Capabilities Are Seen as Barriers to ACO Success: AMGA Survey

October 6, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
In a survey published last month by AMGA, medical group executives shared that they are finding their IT and analytics capabilities insufficient to support risk-based contracting

Mercy Health Opens Virtual Care Center Dedicated to Telehealth

October 5, 2015  |  Heather Landi
St. Louis, Mo.-based Mercy Health is scheduled to open this week a new $54 million Virtual Care Center to serve as a hub for 75 telemedicine services and an electronic intensive care unit (eICU).

Telehealth Policy Picture Improving — But Slowly

October 5, 2015  |  David Raths
For almost 20 years, telehealth advocates have faced the Sisyphean task of trying to get the U.S. Congress to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth, while continuing to hammer away at the confusing landscape of state laws and regulations.

Back Channel References Can Be Risky

October 5, 2015  |  Tim Tolan
We all know many people in the healthcare technology ecosystem—which is a good thing. It can also be a very bad thing if we use our connections the wrong way by conducting a back channel reference and unknowingly sabotage a candidate’s career.

Washington Debrief: Pressure Mounts on Administration Surrounding MU

October 5, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CMS, despite not yet finalizing the so-called modifications rule that proposes several changes to the current stages of the meaningful use program, has closed its portal to attest to meaningful use for 2015 until January.


Five Things You Should Read as ICD-10 Approaches

September 30, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Here are five things to keep in mind and read over as the clock continues to tick towards ICD-10.

Moving From Evidence-Based Medicine to Evidence-Generating Medicine

September 28, 2015     David Raths
At last week’s AcademyHealth’s Concordium 2015 meeting, several themes emerged around how to better include communities of patients in research, how to use patient-reported outcome data, and how to move toward the systematic incorporation of research and quality improvement into the organization.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Heart Failure Grows More Sophisticated

September 24, 2015     David Raths
Akshay Desai, M.D., associate director of Brigham Cardiovascular Consultants, talks about moving remote monitoring beyond weight measurement to transmitted pulmonary artery pressure readings, with automated alerts.

What We Can Learn from Hillary’s Emails

September 23, 2015     Pete Rivera
It is surprising to think that in 2015 there is still a misunderstanding how our emails are stored. It’s probably because we take this tool for granted. We have had it for very long time and it’s become another communication mode for us. In Hillary’s case, it certainly raises some eyebrows how...

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