Technology

A Model for Health Information Privacy, Security and Compliance Preparedness

September 1, 2015   |  Lee Barrett
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When some healthcare organizations are making a last-minute mad dash to prepare for HIPAA audits and others are in denial, keeping their heads down just hoping to avoid the wider net cast, there are a few shining examples of proactive and comprehensive...

Moving Beyond Predictive to Prescriptive Analytics

August 31, 2015   |  David Raths
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A partnership between data scientists at the University of Washington Tacoma and MultiCare Health System is fine-tuning algorithms to better predict which chronic heart failure patients would be most susceptible to readmission within 30 days.

EHR Optimization and Clinical Transformation Push Ahead at CHI Franciscan Health

August 30, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Dean Field, M.D., vice president for informatics and operations at CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington, is helping to lead important initiatives in EHR optimization and clinical IT-facilitated care delivery transformation

Task Force Recommends Coordinated Registries Network for Medical Device Evaluation

August 28, 2015   |  David Raths
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A task force convened by the Food & Drug Administration has recommended that the federal government and other stakeholders support the creation of a comprehensive partnership on medical devices to monitor the products' performance after they become...

Premier’s Damore: With the Right Help, ACOs Are Moving in the Right Direction

August 28, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As new Medicare Pioneer ACO and MSSP program results are released, Premier, Inc.’s Joe Damone shares insights on Premier ACO Collaborative members’ progress across several areas of endeavor

Survey: 81 Percent of Healthcare Orgs Have Been Hacked in Past Two Years

August 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Eighty-one percent of healthcare executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according...

Why Did Two Very Similar EHR Satisfaction Surveys Produce Two Very Different Results?

August 26, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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I became quite intrigued when I read two surveys on electronic health records (EHRs) over the past few weeks that garnered very different results.

Glass Half-Empty, Half-Full, or Opaque? CMS Spins the New ACO Numbers

August 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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With the release of the latest results coming out of the MSSP and Pioneer ACO Programs, CMS officials choose unnecessarily to spin the numbers—when in fact, being frank about the challenges would have been better for everyone

HealthSpot Demonstrates Integration of Samsung Rapid Lab Test Technology

August 26, 2015   |  David Raths
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HealthSpot, a telehealth provider in retail clinic settings, this week demonstrated point-of-care lab technology from Samsung that analyzes patients’ blood while they wait, using a drop of blood from a finger stick.

White House Asks for Stakeholder Help with Precision Medicine Initiative

August 25, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The White House wants to hear from healthcare stakeholders about new activities that support the Administration’s precision medicine goals it laid out earlier this summer.

Texas Health Resources’ New CIO Optimistic on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

August 25, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Joey Sudomir, who began his tenure as the new CIO of 25-hospital Texas Health Resources health system last month, is bullishly optimistic on the organization’s future strategic IT horizons

Washington Debrief: Five Weeks until ICD-10, CMS Announces National Call

August 24, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The Medicare Learning Network is hosting a national call for medical, billing and administrative staff on August 27 to offer final advice for the transition to ICD-10 coding.
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