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Same Day That Final Rules Appear, ONC Hears About Clinical Documentation Burden

October 6, 2015  |  David Raths
On the same day that CMS would later unveil its EHR Incentive Program final rules, an ONC committee meeting focused on health IT’s role in support of payment reform initiatives. Committee members, however, raised concerns about the clinical documentation...

BREAKING: CMS Releases Final Meaningful Use Program Rules

October 6, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal and David Raths
After weeks of speculation about when the meaningful use Stage 2 modifications and Stage 3 final rules would be published, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released both rules together in a 752-page document late in the afternoon on Oct. 6.

National HIE Organization Holds First Annual Meeting, Outlines Key Goals

October 6, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), a national consortium formed late last year, produced some key initiatives during its first annual meeting on Oct. 5.

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).


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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