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Optum Labs Adds Four Partners for Big Data Research

David Raths
Optum Labs, a research center co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic, has added four new partners: Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy, Medica Research Institute, pharmaceutical company Merck and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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Medication Preparation Improved with a Web-Based Tool

October 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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In pediatric emergencies, medication doses must be prepared accurately and quickly. A recent University of Kentucky study has shown that a web-based medication reference tool has helped with both preciseness and speed compared to traditional methods.

Teladoc Adds Healthcare Leaders to Board of Directors

October 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Teladoc, a Dallas, Tx.-based telehealth provider, has announced the addition of two healthcare leaders to the company’s board of directors: former U.S. Senator William Frist, M.D. and former Medco Health Solutions chairman and CEO David B. Snow.

Mercy Health of Cincinnati Awarded with Stage 7 and Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

October 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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HIMSS Analytics has awarded four Mercy Health of Cincinnati hospitals with Stage 7 Awards, and all of its associated ambulatory clinics, located throughout Ohio and Kentucky, with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Striving Forward, Atrius Health Focuses on ACO-Driven Learning

October 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At Atrius Health, a non-profit alliance of six community-based medical groups in Massachusetts, mastering the ins and outs of the Pioneer ACO Program is part of a long-term strategic plan

Report: Computer Assisted Coding Applications Slated for Strong Growth

October 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Computer-assisted coding applications are poised for increased growth among hospitals, according new data from HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Washington Debrief: ONC Receives Praise and Criticism for Interoperability Roadmap

October 20, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) introduced a new set of details regarding their interoperability roadmap last week, garnering both praise and criticism during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees...

Nurses Dissatisfied with EHRs, Report Finds

October 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Much has been made of doctors’ dissatisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs) but a new report details that nurses are as equally disenchanted with the software systems.

Amid a Building Crisis, Could Clinical Decision Support Tools Make a Difference in Managing the Ebola Outbreak?

October 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As developments move forward rapidly in the growing Ebola crisis in the U.S., could the leveraging of strong clinical decision support tools make a difference in patient care organizations?

Penn Medicine Develops Automated Tool for Sepsis

October 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed at the University of Pennsylvania has resulted in a marked increase in sepsis identification and care, transfer to the ICU, and an indication of fewer deaths due to sepsis.

Navigating Through the Muddy Interoperability Waters

October 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Early last week, KLAS research released a much-anticipated report on provider organizations’ journeys towards greater EHR interoperability. The study’s results might make things murkier at first, but a deeper look helps gain some perspective.

Survey: Mobile Users Show Satisfaction With EHR Systems

October 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half of providers who accessed their electronic health record (EHR) from a mobile device were "very satisfied" with the technology, compared to 28 percent of non-mobile users, according to an updated survey from the Austin, Tx.-based EHR...

Aetna’s Dr. Kennedy Opens the Health Plan ACO-Strategy Kimono

October 14, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What does it mean when a prominent health insurer picks sole integrated health systems to partner with in individual healthcare markets? And will such single-health-plan-single-health-system partnering become a trend?