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ONC Annual Meeting: Federal Leaders Are Ready for Interoperability Action

Rajiv Leventhal and David Raths
Following the first draft release of its interoperability roadmap, federal health IT leaders continued to push the need for greater interoperability and more specific standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2.

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Survey: Reliability is Most Important When Choosing Cloud Provider

February 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Reliability, more than cost, is most important to healthcare organizations when choosing a cloud provider, according to a new survey from the Vernon Hills, Ill.-based vendor CDW.

GUEST BLOG: mHealth… the Newest Front-door to Your Organization

February 26, 2015     Carl Fleming
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Recently, a client asked me what I meant by “mHealth is likely the newest front door to his organization.” He seemed even more puzzled by my next statement; “…and you should probably have an ‘open-door’ policy.” After a few minutes of conversation I quickly...

Informatics Expert on Interoperability: “We’re in the Dark Ages”

February 24, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Compared to other sectors, healthcare interoperability is certainly immature. One informatics expert and professor of clinical radiology says that the industry only has itself to blame.

Population Health Would be Easy, If it Wasn’t for Our Patients!

February 24, 2015     Pete Rivera
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We focus on the technology and clinical side of Population Health, but there is another aspect that is harder to control; Patient Compliance.

Medical ID Theft on the Rise, Survey Finds

February 23, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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Medical identity theft is on the rise, according to a new research study conducted by the Traverse City, Mich.-based Ponemon Institute, with incidents having risen 21.7 percent in one year.

Study: Mobile Apps With Decision Support Lead to More Diagnoses

February 23, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Mobile devices featuring decision support tools may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose patients with chronic health issues such as obesity, smoking, and depression, according to a study from Columbia University School of Nursing.

Business Intelligence for ACOs: Where’s the Urgency?

February 23, 2015     Joe Marion
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In this age of accountable care, there are increasing demands for data for reporting and reimbursement purposes. Since healthcare providers are often structured around clinical departments, much of the data pertinent to accountable care may be managed/stored...

What Stephen Nuckolls Knows About Accountable Care—and Why It Really Matters

February 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina Health Care know that they can make accountable care work—and do it outside the markets already best known for risk-based innovation

Halamka: Expect Argonaut Deliverables by May

February 19, 2015     David Raths
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During a Feb. 19 webinar presentation sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, John Halamka, M.D., Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, gave an update...

Dr. Prakasam’s Excellent Social Media Adventure

February 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
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It was inspiring to read the recent interview with Dr. Gnanagurudasan Prakasam, whose innovative, social media-based program for children with diabetes is making a difference in Sacramento, California

Epic Set to Open its Own App Store

February 18, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Verona, Wis.-based health IT giant Epic Systems is set to open its own app store, opening the door for the creation of outside mobile applications that will work with the vendor’s electronic health record (EHR) platform.

What Dev Culver Knows: The Secret of HIE Sustainability

February 18, 2015     Mark Hagland
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What the executive director of Maine’s HealthInfoNet knows—as do his counterparts in Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado—is how to provide practical value to stakeholders across the healthcare spectrum