Ambulatory Care

Survey: Usual Suspects Dominating EHR Vendor Market for Larger Practices

May 21, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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A select few companies are dominating the large practice electronic health record (EHR) vendor market, according to a recent survey of clinicians.

What Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Teach their Provider Peers About Data and Population Health

May 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As she prepares to participate in a panel at the Health IT Summit in Washington, DC, HRSA’s Suma Nair discusses the progress being made nationwide among federally qualified health centers in leveraging data and IT for population health

The Emergency Room Conundrum: We Can Do Better

May 14, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Being sick made me realize the enormity of one of our foremost challenges in reforming the healthcare system: reducing usage of the emergency room. How do we get our head to win over our heart?

Workgroup Proposes Lowering Thresholds for MU Stage 3 Transitions of Care

May 12, 2015   |  David Raths
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During the May 12 federal Health IT Policy Committee, the Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup raised some concerns and suggestions about the proposals in Stage 3 of meaningful use around transmission and reconciliation of data.

An Age Old Question and the SGR Repeal

May 6, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Turning to an age old metaphorical question and using exclusive survey data to understand if whether or not physicians are truly prepared for, or even understand, the ramifications of the SGR repeal.

Ed McCallister’s Vision for UPMC: “The Patient Has To Be At the Center”

April 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Ed McCallister, who in October became CIO of the vast UPMC Health System, shares his thoughts on putting patients at the center of all innovation in healthcare—and what that means for today’s CIOs

At HIMSS15, the Signs Were Everywhere—and They Were All Pointed Towards the Future

April 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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All the signs and signals at HIMSS15 were clear—and promise an exciting, challenging rocket ride for healthcare IT leaders in the next year, before HIMSS16

BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

April 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment

Analytics Reaches Oncology Practice, and End-Users Anticipate Major Changes

April 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As cancer centers become squeezed by policy and reimbursement cross-currents, oncology managers look to analytics for support

Concurrent eCQMs and abstracted CQMs Key to Good Quality Management

April 14, 2015   |  Kayt Sukel
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Fernando Velasco, CHIO of Texas Health Resources, and Maggie Lohnes from Sound Informatics, discuss the quality management ecosystem--and how healthcare organizations can best navigate the ever-evolving quality management maze.

Notes from Physicians’ IT Symposium: The Journey from Tech-Driven to Data-Driven Care

April 13, 2015   |  David Raths
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Bert Reese, CIO of Sentara Healthcare, said he used to think the hard part of working with an EHR was the selection and implementation. “Later, I realized it wasn’t about the EHR but about the data it produced," he said.

Disappointing Proposed Change to Stage 2 Looms Over Patient Engagement Symposium

April 12, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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The air was let out of the room towards the end of a great panel at the patient engagement symposium, part of the pre-HIMSS education at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Chicago.
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