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UPMC Enterprises Invests in Predictive Analytics Startup RxAnte

October 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Portland, Maine-based predictive analytics company RxAnte has received a growth equity investment from UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh.

NeHII’s Deb Bass: HIE Is Changing to Meet Changing Needs

October 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Deb Bass, the CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) sees a bright future for HIEs—as long as their leaders find ways to provide truly needed services

Department of Justice Awards $8.8 Million in Grant Funding for PDMPs

September 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
In efforts to help states reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it is providing close to $9 million in grants to 19 state states to help create, implement and enhance prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

From Information to Knowledge: How Medication Learning Optimizes Patient Outcomes

August 23, 2016  |  Anthony Donato, M.D., M.H.P.E., Gregory Hood, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Medication learning tools that are concise, evidence-based and delivered at the point of care may reduce variability and errors in prescribing, and could improve the overall patient experience.

Walgreens Launches Digital Platform Utilizing Gamification to Boost Medication Adherence

August 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Walgreens has partnered with HealthPrize Technologies to offer a digital patient engagement and medication adherence platform for patients filling certain brand-name prescriptions on the Walgreens website.

Study: Digital Health Technology Use Very Low Among Seniors

August 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
While digital health technology has been advocated as a tool to improve healthcare quality and cost, a study by Boston-based Partners Healthcare finds low use rates of digital health tools among seniors.

Survey: Average Salaries for Health IT Pros Increased, But Compensation Dropped for Executives, Nurses

August 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Healthcare executives and nurses saw their salaries decline last year, but salaries for healthcare IT professionals and physicians and surgeons increased, according to a Health eCareers 2016 Salary Guide.

More Clarity on Cardiac Bundled Payments: Time to Look at Transitions to Post-Acute Care

August 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
A report in the American Journal of Managed Care online is shedding some light on some of the care transitions that will need to be optimized, as mandatory bundled payments are mandated for cardiac care

Report: Policymakers Should Consider Mandatory E-Prescribing To Help Combat Opioid Abuse

July 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
As Congressional leaders move forward on a number of bills focused on helping to curb the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, the National Center for Policy Analysis issued a report calling on policymakers to consider the use of mandatory electronic prescribing (e-...

New Policy Now Requires Indian Health Service Providers to Utilize PDMP Databases

July 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new policy requiring Indian Health Service (IHS) clinicians to utilize their state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) databases prior to prescribing opioids.

When It Comes to Care and Transition Management, We’ve Got to Get the Basics Right First

July 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The details of a recent Washington Post/Kaiser Health News report on a patient safety event involving a fatal pharmacy dispensing error speak to the challenges and opportunities inherent in improving transition management and care management going forward

As Opioid Legislation Moves Forward, AHA, Other Organizations Call for Changes to Part 2 Privacy Rules

May 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Several healthcare organizations are pressing federal legislators to amend the privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 to enable providers to access a patient’s entire medical record in order to better coordinate care for patients with substance use disorders.


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