UMass Memorial to Incorporate End-of-Life Directives Into EMR

April 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health Care and Lumināt, a St. Louis Park, Minn.-based advance care planning solutions company, have partnered to fully integrate patients’ end-of-life directives into their electronic medical records (EMRs).

Two Texas HIEs Connect for Secure Data Transfer

April 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Two of the largest local health information networks in Texas have agreed to connect patients, doctors and hospitals throughout the state, enabling tens of thousands of healthcare providers to quickly and securely share patient health data.

Healthcare Industry Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Says FBI Report

April 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently issued a warning to healthcare organizations that their IT systems and medical devices were at risk for increased attacks from hackers due to lax cybersecurity standards and practices.

KLAS: Healthcare Analytics Market Enters New Frontier of Value-Based Care

April 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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As the healthcare industry shifts towards value-based care, providers' analytics needs are drastically changing, resulting in vendors rushing to the market with a wave of new products, including more targeted solutions, according to a new report from the...

Q&A: The Opportunity for Patient Engagement in the Community (2 of 2)

April 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Jan Oldenburg is a leading authority on patient engagement, having edited a book for HIMSS on the subject and worked on developing digital engagement systems for Kaiser and Aetna. She talks about patient engagement in the community in part two of this two-part...

Like Policy Committee, Health IT Standards Committee Reorganizing

April 24, 2014     David Raths
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On April 24, the Health IT Standards Committee discussed the evolution of its workgroup structure, in part to facilitate more cross-pollination with the Policy Committee. At the same meeting, ONC announced that Jacob Reider, M.D., will succeed Jonathan Perlin...

Candidate Pushback

April 24, 2014     Tim Tolan
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The world has changed over the past six years or so, and so has the hiring game. There are multiple reasons why it’s more of a challenge to engage candidates in a new search in 2014 than in years past, and understanding market dynamics will help you find that...

Health System-Based Physician Reviews Pick Up Steam

April 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In late 2012, the University of Utah Health Care become the first academic medical center to post physician reviews. In 2014, the concept has become quite popular among its patients.

UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson Pushes the Envelope on Clinical Language Understanding

April 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Natural language processing technology is proving instrumental in using free-text information to drive clinical decision support. UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson discusses how important it is for healthcare organizations to use NLP tools to unlock their data.

NCQA: Patient Engagement Supported by Health IT is Untapped Potential

April 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In a new report, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) outlines how policymakers can leverage health information technology to support patient engagement.

Best in KLAS: Preparing for Change

April 23, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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If there is a common theme under the various mandates being handed down under the Affordable Care Act, it’s the extreme challenges confronting provider organizations struggling to fulfill the requirements under very tight deadlines. While there has been some...

Blogs

3 Quick Steps to Avoid a Stagnant Technology Staff

April 21, 2014     Pete Rivera
From a cost benefit perspective investing in technical training is not only inexpensive, but yields high returns in terms of customer satisfaction and employee retention.

What is Behind the Heated Debate Regarding the Success of HIE?

April 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
For the upcoming April/May issue of Healthcare Informatics, I have written a feature story on the state of HIE across the country, wondering how successful it has become. When it comes to this issue, why is there such a difference in opinion amongst health IT leaders?

Allowing Heroes to Rise to the Occasion

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
One year after the Boston marathon bombings, it’s important to understand how doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are able to perform miracles and save lives in the face of horrible situations.

How Smart Do You Want Your Physician’s Phone?

April 14, 2014     Pete Rivera
Not too long ago we were all working diligently to deliver handheld solutions to physicians. It was a “mobile device” that would allow access to HIS, patient lists, and lab results. It was either an HP iPaq or some other device that required proprietary wireless connections or...

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