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ATA Releases Three New Guidelines for Practice of Telemedicine

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has released three new guidelines for the practice of telemedicine for treatment of stroke, pediatrics and mental health for children and adolescents.

PCPs Not in Favor of Full Obamacare Repeal, Want to be Paid for Value

A random sample survey of 426 primary care physicians by a team of researchers found that the majority does not support repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and the percentage of those who support complete repeal is lower than that of the general public.

Study: External Incentives Accelerate Health IT Adoption among Small Primary Care Practices

A recent study examining the adoption and use of health information technology by small primary care physician practices found that external incentives, such as those practices participating in pay-for-performance programs and participating in public reporting of clinical quality data, were associated with a greater adoption and use of health IT.

InterSystems, Clinical Architecture Team Up for Improved Clinical Decision Support

Cambridge, Mass.-based InterSystems has announced a strategic partnership with Carmel, Ind.-based healthcare terminology management company Clinical Architecture to deliver clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals for when they need it most.

Ability Network Launches New FHIR-Based API for Early Adopters

Minneapolis-based health IT company Ability Network has announced the launch of an early adopter program for its new FHIR-based API.

Philips and Banner Health Sign 15-Year Technology Agreement

Amsterdam-based technology company Royal Philips has signed a multi-year, strategic partnership with Phoenix-based Banner Health to use technology to improve and expand on the health system’s telehealth and population health management efforts.

Cincinnati Children’s Revalidated as EMRAM Stage 7

Cincinnati Children’s was recently recognized with Stage 7 revalidation on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), due, in large part, to the innovative use of information technology by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s pediatric kidney transplant program.

Study: EHRs Lead to More Imaging Tests, not Less

Although electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to expose duplicate testing and thus reduce costs, new research has found that physicians with EHR access ordered more tests than their non-EHR counterparts.

Healthcare Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Move Value-Based Care Forward

In a letter to Congress and the new administration, several prominent healthcare organizations have called for a renewed effort to move to value-based, patient-centered payment models that reward improved quality and cost-effective care.

ONC Data Indicates More Hospitals Reporting Public Health Data Electronically

Updated statistics from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which it published on its Health IT Dashboard, indicates that more hospitals are able to report public health data, like immunizations, laboratory results, and syndromic surveillance, electronically to local public health agencies.

DirectTrust Continues Impressive Growth in 2016

DirectTrust has announced continued record growth in the number of healthcare organizations using Direct interoperability services during 2016.

Survey: 50 Percent of Health Systems Receive Value-Based Payments

A recent KPMG survey found that half of health systems report at least some of their revenue comes from value-based payments, yet nearly a quarter of survey respondents indicated they are not making the move to value-based payments.

Report: Healthcare Sector Hit Hard in 2016 by Data Breaches

Across all industries, the number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016 hit an all-time record high of 1,093, and in healthcare, troubling data security trends continue to plague the sector, according to new research

Republican Senators Unveil Proposed Bill as a Partial Replacement of the ACA

Two Republican Senators, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine, on Monday unveiled a proposed bill, called The Patient Freedom Act of 2017, that, rather than dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA), offered a partial replacement that would allow states to continue operating under the law if they choose.

Norris Cochran Tapped to Serve as Acting Secretary at HHS

Norris Cochran has been tapped to serve as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) following the departure of former HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell as part of the ongoing Trump Administration transition.

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