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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.

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.

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).

Note Writing 101: At UPMC, Clinical Documentation Improvement Starts with Understanding the Value

November 23, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Sometimes, even for the most prominent of healthcare leaders, a scaled-back, simple approach that includes a rethinking of values is necessary to make real change.

An Interview with Michael Blum, M.D., Director of UCSF’s Center for Digital Health Innovation

November 22, 2015  |  David Raths
Michael Blum, M.D., UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for informatics and director of its Center for Digital Health Innovation describes some of his goals in working with tech giant Cisco on interoperability issues.

The Soft Underbelly of ACO Development: PCP Office Processes?

November 21, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
A recent online American Managed Care Journal article, based on a conference presentation, points out some of the operational challenges ACO leaders face, around primary care physician participation

Improving the Documentation Process for Physicians at Emory Healthcare

November 21, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
Can CMIOs and their fellow clinical informaticists make quick progress in improving physician documentation processes? Absolutely, as a recent initiative at Emory Health demonstrates

Physician Optimization Project Proves Successful at Emory Healthcare

November 20, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Physicians at the Atlanta, Ga.-based Emory Healthcare removed up to one-third of clicks from their ambulatory workflow and, on average, are spending 36 percent less time finishing charts from home as a result of its physician optimization project.

How Far Will MDs Need To Go on Population Health? Nutritional Advisement as a Barometer

November 19, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
The recently published recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics around counseling parents about nutrition reflect a far broader reality, as U.S. healthcare shifts inevitably towards bigger-picture approaches to population health


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