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As the Diagnostic Imaging World Shifts, Time for Radiologists to “Get Out of the Dark Corners of the Reading Room”

November 25, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
UPMC’s Rasu Shrestha, M.D. shares his perspectives on the vast changes roiling the world of imaging: it’s time, he says, for radiologists to “get out of the dark corners of the reading room and lead dialogue”

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Fined $850K for Potential HIPAA Security Violations

November 25, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center this week agreed to pay $850,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a 2011 security breach.

A Story About Big Data and Wearables That’s Making Parkinson’s Patients (and me) Thankful

November 25, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
At the HIMSS Connected Health Conference earlier this month, I was fascinated by a session on the intersection of wearables and big data, and what’s being done to help Parkinson’s patients.

North Carolina Medical Group Leaders Streamline Referral Processes

November 24, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Like many healthcare organizations, Raleigh Medical Group has been challenged with finding the most efficient way to exchange patients’ clinical records with other providers with the aim of quickly closing the loop on patient care.

DoD, VA Say Interoperability Requirements Have Been Met

November 24, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Defense (DoD) says that it has met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records (EHRs) as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2014.

Senate Committee Advances Rural Health Care Connectivity Act

November 24, 2015  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week passed a bipartisan bill that would enable rural nursing facilities to tap into funding from the government’s Universal Service Fund for telecommunications and broadband services.

Teledentistry Making a Difference in Rural New York

November 24, 2015  |  David Raths
Finger Lakes Community Health has created a “patient-centered dental home” with an integrated team approach of using health IT, community health workers, primary care and specialty care providers to improve outcomes.

What New Orleans Healthcare Leaders Understood—and What HCI’s Innovator Awards Winners Are All Doing

November 24, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s leaders went full-bore to create strong connections around care management for providers and patients—and won second place in our Innovator Awards Program as a result

GUEST BLOG: Let’s Think About the Deeper Implications of the Interoperability Push

November 23, 2015  |  John Lee, M.D., CMIO, Edward Hospital
Making a dent in overall U.S. healthcare costs will require bringing the right data to physicians at the point of care; and to do that, we need interoperability. And to get to interoperability, we need to rethink standards.

Black Book Research: IT Outsourcing Poised for Growth in Healthcare Payer Sector

November 23, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A new Black Book Research report estimates the demands of data security, population health and value-based benefits solutions—and revenue cycle modernization—will drive the payer IT outsourcing market in excess of $60 billion by the end of 2017.

EHRA, HIMSS Comment on CMS Value-Based Payment Models

November 23, 2015  |  Heather Landi
The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) last week weighed in on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and voiced concerns about new data reporting requirements...

Washington Debrief: CHIME Calls for Ending Pass/Fail Construct to Meaningful Use

November 23, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CHIME submitted comments on the CMS Request for Information (RFI), which sought input in operationalizing Section 101 of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
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