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Mass ONC Departures: Are the Lights On With Nobody Home? Five Critical MU Questions Federal Health Officials Must Answer

Mark Hagland
In recent weeks, an atmosphere of concern among healthcare IT leaders nationwide has turned to one of increasing alarm, as virtually all the senior officials at ONC have left or stepped away, leaving industry leaders dismayed and seeking answers

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Expert: Third-Party Telemedicine Services Can Complicate Care Management

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Third-party telemedicine services are promising but may complicate the care management under new reimbursement models, says Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D., Director for the Center for Telehealth and Telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Survey: Patients Using Online Reviews to Find Providers

November 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Significantly more patients are using online reviews to find a provider this year compared to last year, according to research from Austin, Tx.-based electronic health record (EHR) comparison site Software Advice.

Managing Virtual Employees

November 21, 2014     Tim Tolan
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Like other market segments, the HIT world is moving to a workforce of virtual employees. As the candidate market gets tighter, I believe this trend will become even more commonplace.

Can the “Doctorless” Patient Model Be Effective?

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Earlier this week at the NYeC 2014 Digital Health Conference, Eric Topol, M.D., gave a speech about using digital health tools in a push towards a “doctorless” patient model. After listening to the keynote, I wondered about the practicality of this approach.

Achieving Connected Healthcare Through Greater Interoperability

November 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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On November 17, at the New York eHealth Collaborative's (NYeC) 2014 Digital Health Conference, a panel of interoperability thought leaders provided an insider’s view of which interoperability efforts are gaining traction, which challenges present the...

Information Requirements for the Competitive Healthcare Marketplace

November 18, 2014     Tonya D. Edwards, M.D.
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CIOs of eight leading healthcare organizations convened on Sept. 12 for the annual Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit. This year’s theme, Information Requirements for the Competitive Marketplace, yielded lively discussion. In the session, the group shared...

Partners Healthcare, EMC, Announce New Data Analytics Platform

November 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Boston, Mass.-based Partners HealthCare and the Hopkinton, Mass.-based vendor EMC Corporation have jointly developed a data analytics platform designed to speed clinically relevant research developed across the Partners system into the clinical setting.

As ACOs and Population Health Move Forward, No “Big Boxes” of Diagnostic Images Needed

November 18, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Multiple revolutions are taking place simultaneously, with accountable care and population health, HIE development, data-sharing and storage technologies, and policy and reimbursement changes, all impacting imaging informatics now

SMART on FHIR a Smoking Hot Topic at AMIA Meeting

November 17, 2014     David Raths
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By far the hottest ticket at the AMIA Symposium on Monday, Nov. 17, was the SMART on FHIR session, where the leaders of the SMART project highlighted some projects and vendors lending momentum to the apps platform concept in healthcare.

Democratizing Medicine: Eric Topol Pushes a Patient-Centered Healthcare

November 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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As the healthcare industry moves into an era of accountable care, new digital tools can help democratize medicine, Eric Topol, M.D., director at the La Jolla, Calif.-based Scripps Translational Science Institute, said in a keynote at the New York eHealth...

“Houston, We Have Solutions”

November 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
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The 1995 movie “Apollo 13” made famous the (slightly misquoted) quote, “Houston, we have a problem.” How about coming to Houston for discussions that will offer (healthcare strategic) solutions, instead?

Automated Reminders Improve Medication Adherence and Cholesterol Control

November 17, 2014     John DeGaspari
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People who received automated reminders were more likely to refill their blood pressure and cholesterol medications, according to a study published today in a special issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.