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Giving Recovering Addicts a Digital Support System 24/7

Gabriel Perna
At Memorial Hermann Health System’s Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), leaders have implemented a digital platform that provides its recovering addicts with a support community from the touch of their phone. Thus far, the center has gotten patients to buy-in and use it for after care.

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Healthcare Industry Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Says FBI Report

April 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently issued a warning to healthcare organizations that their IT systems and medical devices were at risk for increased attacks from hackers due to lax cybersecurity standards and practices.

KLAS: Healthcare Analytics Market Enters New Frontier of Value-Based Care

April 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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As the healthcare industry shifts towards value-based care, providers' analytics needs are drastically changing, resulting in vendors rushing to the market with a wave of new products, including more targeted solutions, according to a new report from the...

Q&A: The Opportunity for Patient Engagement in the Community (2 of 2)

April 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Jan Oldenburg is a leading authority on patient engagement, having edited a book for HIMSS on the subject and worked on developing digital engagement systems for Kaiser and Aetna. She talks about patient engagement in the community in part two of this two-part...

UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson Pushes the Envelope on Clinical Language Understanding

April 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Natural language processing technology is proving instrumental in using free-text information to drive clinical decision support. UPMC’s Dr. Andrew Watson discusses how important it is for healthcare organizations to use NLP tools to unlock their data.

NCQA: Patient Engagement Supported by Health IT is Untapped Potential

April 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In a new report, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) outlines how policymakers can leverage health information technology to support patient engagement.

Stakeholders Launch Personal Connected Health Alliance

April 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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HIMSS, the mHealth Summit, and the Continua Alliance are connecting their names to a new group, the Personal Connected Health Alliance, focused on representing the consumer voice in personal connected health.

Patient-Centered EHR Journey at the Community Health Level

April 22, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Implementing an electronic health record is a major undertaking at any provider organization, but is especially challenging in an environment without any IT infrastructure or an information services (IS) department. Yet that’s the goal the Access Community...

Health Information Exchange: Moving Forward or Stuck in Neutral?

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Some healthcare leaders point to potential barriers to long-term stability and sustainability of HIE, and are questioning whether the sector is going through normal growing pains or encountering systemic problems.

Tenn. Healthcare Employee Gives Patients’ PHI to Competing Provider

April 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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University Urology, P.C. of Knoxville, Tenn. has acknowledged a security breach in which an administrative employee provided patient information to a competing healthcare provider for the purpose of the competitor soliciting patient business.

Q&A: The Opportunity for Patient Engagement in Community Health (Part 1 of 2)

April 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Jan Oldenburg is a leading authority on patient engagement, having edited a book for HIMSS on the subject and worked on developing digital engagement systems for Kaiser and Aetna. She talks about patient engagement in community health in part 1 of this two-...

UPMC Data Breach Affects 27K Employees; Nearly 800 Hit by Tax Fraud

April 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is reporting that the personal information of 27,000 of its employees might have been put at risk by identity thieves, with nearly 800 workers falling victim to a fraudulent tax return scheme, say multiple news...

Mayo Clinic Launches Smartphone App

April 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Mayo Clinic has launched a smartphone application with Better, a consumer health startup company based in Palo Alto, Calif., that aims to educate patients through tailored healthcare information.