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Patient Engagement: Time to Shift from Tactical to Strategic

February 8, 2016  |  David Raths
article
With healthcare at the start of the transition to value-based payment and population health, there is widespread agreement that better patient engagement is important. But that is probably where the agreement ends.

MU Lifespan: Good or bad news for imaging?

February 4, 2016  |  Joe Marion
blog
Will changes in ARRA MU impact efforts to expand image accessibility by the patient, and why this would be a bad thing.

Hacking Accounted for 98 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015, Report Says

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
While lost and theft of employee devices accounted for the majority (68 percent) of healthcare data breaches in 2014, last year was a different story, with 98 percent of breaches due to hacking, according to a Bitglass Healthcare Breach Report.

Epic Tops Best in KLAS for Sixth Straight Year

January 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The 2015/2016 Best in KLAS Software and Services report, released today by Orem, Utah-based KLAS, named the top-performing companies within various market segments based on customer feedback, and once again Epic earned the ranking of number-one Overall Software...

Report: Human Element is the Weakest Link in Healthcare Cybersecurity Infrastructure

January 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Healthcare is the most targeted sector for cyber attacks, yet it’s also the least prepared, and the human element in the healthcare cybersecurity infrastructure continues to be the weakest link, according to an Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (...

The Demise of Meaningful Use? Not so Fast, Say Industry Leaders

January 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
While CMS’s Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said earlier this week that the meaningful use program will soon be replaced with something better, health IT leaders seem uncertain on if momentous changes are indeed in store.

AMIA Supports Health IT Safety Measures

January 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
In a letter this week to the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Health IT Safety Committee, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) praised the reportable measures the NQF is developing to help advance the safety and safe use of health IT.

Study: Use of Health Information Exchange Reduces Repeat Imaging Costs

January 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Providers who access patient records through an electronic health information exchange (HIE) order fewer repeat X-rays, ultrasounds and other imaging tests, resulting in cost savings, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of...

Survey: Advanced Tech Users Getting Positive Outcomes from EHRs

January 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Nearly nine in 10 provider organizations with advanced electronic health record (EHR) environments identified at least one positive outcome from their use of an EHR, according to findings from the 2016 HIMSS Health Information Technology Value survey.

Massachusetts Launches Digital Health Innovation Hub Initiative

January 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Massachusetts is bringing together stakeholders across state government, healthcare and the technology sector in a public-private partnership to stimulate the state's health IT sector, according to an announcement from Governor Charlie Baker.

The Business Case for Increasing Patient Portal Adoption

January 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
New research from athenahealth finds that increased patient portal adoption can impact business results, including higher average patient pay yield and higher patient retention rates.

Research: Hospitals and Health Systems Need to Align Mobile Apps with Patients’ Service Expectations

January 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Only 2 percent of patients in the largest U.S. hospitals use hospital-provided mobile apps and failure to align apps with consumers’ service expectations could cost hospitals more than $100 million in lost annual revenue, according to research from Accenture.

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