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

January 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
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.

ONC, OCR Clarify Permitted Disclosures of PHI for Public Health Activities

December 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have published a new fact sheet explaining how providers are permitted to share electronic protected...

At WoHIT, a Finnish HIT Leader Details a Groundbreaking Nationwide Health Data Initiative

November 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Jaana Sinipuro and her colleagues at the SITRA agency are leading an initiative to combine healthcare, social welfare, and consumer data from across databases in Finland, to create a nationwide data hub that can be leveraged to improve the well-being of all...

House, Senate Democrats Call for Opioid Funding in 21st Century Cures Act

November 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Democrats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have written letters to House and Senate leaders calling for funding to help fight the opioid epidemic be included in the 21st Century Cures Act, which is under consideration for passage...

European CIOs Share Successes and Challenges around Moving into the New Healthcare

November 22, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Healthcare IT leaders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Ireland shared lessons learned from organization-wide, region-wide, and nationwide initiatives, at WoHIT2016 in Barcelona

Boston Medical Center Launching Telehealth Epilepsy Care Collaborative

November 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Boston Medical Center (BMC) has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to care for underserved populations of children and youth with epilepsy and related disorders.

At The HIT Summit-Washington, DC, a Robust View of Population Health

October 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
A lively discussion ensued at the Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C., when panelists parsed the meanings and complexities of the population health concept—and considered challenges around data usability and physician culture

A Web Services Approach to Public Health Clinical Decision Support

October 22, 2016  |  David Raths
commentary
Could clinicians subscribe to real-time public health clinical decision support 'knowledge nuggets' from within their EHR workflow?

Healthcare Organizations Again Go to Bat for AHRQ

October 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Healthcare organizations are once again urging U.S. Senate and House leaders to protect the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from more budget cuts for 2017.

ONC Issues Final Rule to Modify EHR Certification Program, Creates More Direct Oversight

October 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
ONC issued a final rule today that updates the ONC Health IT Certification Program which sets up a regulatory framework for ONC to directly review certified health IT products and gives the agency more direct oversight of health IT testing labs.

Building a Digital Bridge to Public Health Agencies

October 12, 2016  |  David Raths
news
Representatives from public health, health delivery systems and health information technology are working on a project with an ambitious timeline to create bidirectional information flow between public health and healthcare.

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