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Editor’s Notes: What Do “Big History” and the Present Moment in U.S. Healthcare Have in Common?

February 5, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
What do the agricultural experiments of early civilizations have to do with the present moment in U.S. healthcare? A glance at the Healthcare Informatics 2016 Innovator Awards Program winning teams offers hints

Moving From Talk to Action on Population Health

February 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
While 79 percent of healthcare organizations are in at least one payment arrangement with a payer that includes either upside gain or both upside and downside gain/risk, most organizations are still just testing the waters, according to a Numerof &...

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Second Place Winner—Scottsdale Health Partners

February 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
As a result of a data-driven, multidisciplinary initiative, Scottsdale Health Partners has streamlined its care coordination program, resulting in some remarkable enterprise-wide achievements with reducing hospital readmission rates among its patients.

IDC Report: Providers’ IT Budgets are Growing in Post-EHR Era

February 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
While 40 percent of healthcare providers reported that their IT budgets are still growing, only 25 percent that reported growing budgets attribute growth to electronic health records (EHRs), providing evidence that the post-EHR era is upon us, according to a new...

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winner—Indiana Health Information Exchange

February 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In Indiana, the Indiana Health Information Exchange is building a model that has potential to blaze the trail for other HIEs across the U.S.

When It Comes to ACO Requirements, Yes: The Devil Really Always Is in the Details

January 29, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The announcement this week by senior CMS officials of a new proposed rule around requirements for the MSSP program offers hope that CMS officials will also consider reworking some similar Pioneer ACO Program elements

Survey: ACOs Challenged by Health IT Integration, Few Use Single EHR

January 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Many accountable care organizations (ACOs) are wrestling with challenges related to health information technology integration and the effectiveness of health IT support tools, according to a study by the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute.

U.S. Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Grow 30 Percent by 2020

January 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The hospital electronic health record (EHR) market is mature, but there is still potential growth for the ambulatory EHR market, particularly as ambulatory providers increasing adopt health IT due to meaningful use (MU) incentives and in response to ongoing...

Survey: ACOs Still Cite Lack of Interoperability as Biggest Barrier

January 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent survey of 68 accountable care organizations (ACOs) found that despite steep investments in health information technology (HIT), ACOs still face interoperability challenges that make it difficult to integrate data across the healthcare continuum.

Live from the Health IT Summit in San Diego: The Long Slog Towards Achieving Value Via Data and Analytics

January 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in San Diego, discussion panelists agreed: the journey into truly leveraging data and analytics to push the healthcare system into value-based care is turning out to be a long, complex one

In the Wake of the Next Generation ACO Reveal: Getting Real About IT and ACOs

January 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Industry experts agree: Healthcare leaders participating in the Next Generation ACO Program are going to need to learn to strategically leverage IT as never before

Uncovering Some of the Key HIT Challenges Inherent in ACO Development

January 17, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The Advisory Board Company's Nicole Latimer parses some of the intense strategic IT-related challenges inherent in moving forward in the accountable care sphere, in the wake of CMS's unveiling of the Next Generation ACO Program


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