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The Carrot and Stick: Enemies of Progress

Gabriel Perna
In the wake of HITECH, a recent data brief reveals that most doctors have adopted an EHR to earn incentive money or avoid penalties. Is this one reason why interoperability is still a dream and most systems are unusable?

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Survey Reveals Both Common Ground and Gaps between Patient and Provider Outlooks on Healthcare

December 17, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Both providers and consumers feel some degree of anxiety about the future of healthcare, according to a study released today by Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs.

Innovation on the Plains: Hutchinson Clinic’s Bold Data Moves

December 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Leaders at Hutchinson Clinic in south-central Kansas have been innovating with data analytics and other activities—even in a still-largely-fee-for-service environment

HHS Announces $665 Million in Funding to States for New Care Model Initiatives

December 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is dishing out $665 million in Affordable Care Act-based funding across 28 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia to spur the implementation of new care models.

Report: ICD-10, Cost Transparency among Top Issues for Docs in 2015

December 15, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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ICD-10 will be the one of the top issues for doctors in 2015, according to a report by the Boston-based nonprofit, Physicians Foundation.

In Toronto, a Transnational Discussion on Data Analytics in Healthcare

December 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At the Third National Summit on Data Analytics for Healthcare, held Dec. 2-3 in Toronto, Canadian and American healthcare leaders shared broadly around a range of data analytics-related topics

Report: Health Informatics Labor Market Lags Behind Demand For Workers

December 12, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The demand for health informatics workers is projected to grow at twice the rate of employment overall, but there is strong evidence that the nation already faces a shortage of qualified workers in this field, according to a new report from the Boston-based...

Patients Value Online EHR Access, Trust Tech Over Paper

December 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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A growing number of consumers are embracing electronic health records (EHRs), and the significant boost in online access to health information is increasing patient engagement, according to findings from a study released by the Washington, D.C.-based National...

ICD-10: One CMIO Questions Its Value

December 9, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Although a recent HBMA survey found that its members are more prepared for ICD-10 now than perhaps ever before, not everyone agrees on the purpose of this mandate.

Mac McMillan’s Clarifying Moment on Data Security

December 9, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As always, Mac McMillan laid it on the line on the rising threats to data security, in his keynote address at the CHIME-iHT2 forum on data security currently being held in Houston

Farewell to RSNA 2014: Have We Reached an Inflection Point?

December 8, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Attendees at RSNA conferences of two decades ago could scarcely imagine what the hottest conversations would be like at RSNA 2014, as the radiology and imaging informatics world swirls with change

The Carrot and Stick: Enemies of Progress

December 5, 2014     Gabriel Perna
blog
In the wake of HITECH, a recent data brief reveals that most doctors have adopted an EHR to earn incentive money or avoid penalties. Is this one reason why interoperability is still a dream and most systems are unusable?

Report: Healthcare Data is Growing Exponentially, Needs Protection

December 4, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare is one of the fastest growing segments of the digital universe, growing at 48 percent per year—compared to 40 percent per year for the overall digital universe— according to a new report from the Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corporation.