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Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

As healthcare organizations see their troves of imaging data grow exponentially, many are concerned about how to leverage that data to their best advantage. The restructuring of processes and image metadata practices are a must as healthcare providers redefine their enterprise imaging informatics strategy—however, understanding the importance of having access to vendor-neutral data is the key to getting the most out of imaging data sets. Mark Watts, Associate Vice President of Enterprise Imaging at Novarad and a top 25 innovator in health imaging and IT, talks with Healthcare Informatics about the power of imaging informatics, the challenge of having truly vendor-neutral data, and why the right IT partnerships are crucial to thriving in a value-based care world.

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As Deadline Nears, Healthcare Professional Associations Offer Comments to CMS on MACRA/MIPS

June 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
As the deadline neared for public comments on the proposed rule related to physician payment under MACRA/MIPS, a host of healthcare professional associations released public statements that encompassed their comments to CMS, with many connected to data and IT...

Washington Debrief: Meaningful Use Adjustments Included in Republican Healthcare Reform Agenda

June 27, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
article
House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI-01), released a white paper outlining their healthcare reform agenda, which included references to reforming the Meaningful Use program and transparency in the regulation of mobile medical applications.

In Keynote at iHT2 Boston, Dr. Paul Keckley Sums Up Healthcare Reform in One Word: Incomplete

June 23, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
At the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Boston, Paul H. Keckley, Ph.D., former managing director, Navigant Healthcare, and managing editor, The Keckley Report, delivered a keynote presentation on if the goals of healthcare reform, as outlined in the beginning of the...

HHS Names New Members to HIT Policy and Standards Committees

June 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell named eight new members of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC) and one new member to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC).

AHA: Mental Health Reform Bill Does Not Go Far Enough to Modernize “Part 2,” Eliminate Barriers to Data Sharing

June 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, passed the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee this week and will move to the House floor, but the American Hospital Association voiced disappointment that the bill did not address patient privacy...

Complexity of Quality Measures, Lack of Access to Patient Data Significant Obstacles on the Path to Value-Based Care

June 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
Physicians and health plan executives cite the complexity of quality measures and incomplete access to patient data as the obstacles standing in the way of widespread and meaningful adoption of value-based care models, according to a new study report.

Co-Creation is the Two-Way Street to Usability

June 15, 2016  |  Joe Bormel
blog
We are now in the era of value-based healthcare where HCAHPS scores play a huge role in reimbursement, and consumerism is a factor that cannot be ignored. Therefore, it’s time we rethink our path to usability.

CMS Offers $10M in Grants to Help Physicians Transition to MACRA

June 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its awarding up to $10 million over the next three years to organizations providing assistance to clinicians in the transition to the new quality payment system outlined under MACRA.

AMIA’s Doug Fridsma: Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use

June 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Following his participation in the ONC annual meeting last week, Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of AMIA, spoke with HCI about the broad policy aims of his association at this moment in U.S. healthcare policy

Laptop Theft May Have Exposed PHI of 400,000 Current or Former California Inmates

June 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The theft of a non-encrypted laptop belonging to a staff member of California Correctional Health Care Services may have exposed the protected health information (PHI) of up to 400,000 patients who served time in California prisons during an 18-year period.

Nearly All Hospitals Using Certified EHRs, But Children’s and Psychiatric Hospitals Continue to Lag in EHR Adoption

May 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
In 2015, 84 percent of the nation’s hospitals reported adoption of at least a basic electronic health record (EHR) system, a nine-fold increase since 2008, according to new survey data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Health IT Leaders Address Cybersecurity Responsibilities at HHS during Congressional Hearing

May 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
During a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing, healthcare IT leaders and security experts testified in support of proposed legislation to elevate and empower the CISO at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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