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Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

As healthcare organizations see their troves of imaging data grow exponentially, many are concerned about how to leverage that data to their best advantage. The restructuring of processes and image metadata practices are a must as healthcare providers redefine their enterprise imaging informatics strategy—however, understanding the importance of having access to vendor-neutral data is the key to getting the most out of imaging data sets. Mark Watts, Associate Vice President of Enterprise Imaging at Novarad and a top 25 innovator in health imaging and IT, talks with Healthcare Informatics about the power of imaging informatics, the challenge of having truly vendor-neutral data, and why the right IT partnerships are crucial to thriving in a value-based care world.

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VA Officials Discuss Modernizing EHR System During Senate Committee Hearing

June 24, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials indicated that the agency will likely look for a commercial electronic health record system during a discussion about its 40-year-old homegrown system at a Senate committee hearing this week.

The Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts: Clinical Information Systems

June 23, 2016  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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As a supplement to the Healthcare Informatics 100, Healthcare Informatics will be revealing its top 5 companies—based on percentage of total health IT revenue—within seven different product categories. Next up is Clinical Information Systems.

At UPMC, Mastering the IT Management Issues—On a Massive Scale

June 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Chris Carmody, senior vice president of enterprise infrastructure at the vast, 20-plus-hospital UPMC health system in Pittsburgh, details his bold plans for the organization’s IT future

At Boston CHIME LEAD Forum, the Cybersecurity Message is Loud and Clear: Good Defense is the Best Offense

June 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston CHIME LEAD forum, held on Wednesday, June 22 at the Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel, a plethora of IT security leaders hammered home several core points about cybersecurity preparation, defense, strategy, and response.

McKesson Considers Merging IT Unit with Change Healthcare, Media Report Says

June 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Health information technology (IT) vendor McKesson has held talks about merging its IT unit with healthcare technology company Change Healthcare, according to a Reuters article.

Ships Sailing? Trains Leaving Stations? Whatever Metaphor One Chooses, the New Healthcare Has Definitively Launched

June 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Whether one imagines ships sailing or trains leaving stations, one thing is clear: the new healthcare, with all of its data, process, and leadership challenges, seems to be at an inflection point around value-based care delivery and payment

Mount Sinai Seeks to Speed Clinical Trials Recruitment


June 21, 2016  |  David Raths
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Mount Sinai Health System is deploying a solution to accelerate patient recruitment for clinical trials, as well as to support its personalized medicine initiatives.

HHS Announces $100M in Funding to Help Small Practices with MACRA

June 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 million each year over the next five years to fund on-the-ground Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small...

AMA CEO: “Digital Snake Oil” Remarks Have Initiated Much-Needed Discussion

June 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Association’s (AMA) CEO and executive vice president, James Madara, M.D., discussed further his recent comments about digital health products being “snake oil of the early 21st century.”

Using Data Analytics to Improve Clinical Performance and Its Reimbursement Outcomes: One Hospital’s Experience

June 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At Butler Health System in Pennsylvania, A. Thomas McGill, M.D., the hospital’s vice president of quality and safety and CIO, is leading an ongoing initiative to leverage data analytics to improve clinical performance—and its resulting reimbursement outcomes

Close to 150,000 Patient Medical Records Potentially Affected by Bizmatics Data Breach

June 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
A healthcare provider in Colorado, Vincent Vein Center, is the latest organization to notify the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) about a breach of protected health information stemming from a malicious hacker attacking Bizmatics’ data servers.

Survey: Adoption of Health IT to Improve Care Coordination Remains Sluggish

June 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Despite the promise of health IT to improve care coordination, there has been sluggish progress in the use of health IT to connect doctors and patients, according to a new survey report from Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives.

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