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LIVE from HIMSS17: How Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Collaborated to Reduce ED Over-Utilization

February 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A major collaboration between and among the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, and physicians and hospitals in that state, has yielded significant results in reducing unnecessary ED utilization statewide

Besser to Lead Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

February 14, 2017  |  David Raths
news
Richard Besser, M.D., former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News’ current chief health and medical editor, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Lakeland Health, GLHC Partner to Enable Immunization Record Queries through EMR

February 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Lakeland Health System, based in St. Joseph, Michigan, is the first hospital organization in Michigan to query patient immunization records held within the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) directly from their internal electronic medical record (EMR).

HIMSS Stage 7 Designation: Grady Health System Improves Infectious Disease Program through Health IT

February 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Grady Health System has earned the Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) for its use of health information technology to improve patient care and safety. As a specific example, Grady’s use of actionable analytics and...

Dashboard Tracks Health Data at City Level

February 7, 2017  |  David Raths
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The New York University School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health has developed a City Health Dashboard to help cities understand, compare and take action to improve health status and health risks in their municipalities.

OSU Wexner Medical Center’s EHR Links with State Prescription Reporting System

February 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, based in Columbus, Ohio, is now implementing a direct feed from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) to improve and streamline efforts to decrease opioid abuse and addiction.

UC Berkeley Awarded $3.6M NIH Grant to Apply Big Data to Infectious Disease Surveillance

February 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant to the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases.

NIH Announces Funding Opportunity for PMI Cohort Recruitment Efforts

February 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated $15 million in funding over the next three years, $5 million per year, for recruitment and outreach efforts for the All of Us Research Program, formerly the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

ONC Data Indicates More Hospitals Reporting Public Health Data Electronically

January 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Updated statistics from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which it published on its Health IT Dashboard, indicates that more hospitals are able to report public health data, like immunizations, laboratory results, and...

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Cases Plummet: Good News, on Multiple Fronts

January 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
One area in which progress appears to be steady in U.S. healthcare has been in efforts to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, particularly hospital-acquired conditions—as noted in a report published in December by HHS

Key GOP Senator Vows to Repeal ACA Only Once a Comprehensive Replacement Is in Place

January 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the most concrete statement made so far by a Republican member of Congress who has jurisdictional responsibility over healthcare policy, Sen. Lamar Alexander told Talking Points Memo on Wednesday of his determination to develop replacement legislation...

Virginia Pilots Data Exchange to Improve Timeliness, Quality in Newborn Screening

January 11, 2017  |  David Raths
news
The Commonwealth of Virginia is piloting an electronic data exchange project to automate submission of newborn screening information to the state government.

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