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Quest Diagnostics Launches Patient-Initiated Testing

Quest Diagnostics has launched a new patient-initiated testing service which will aim to empower consumers who live in Colorado and Missouri to manage their health by ordering certain lab tests directly without a physician's order.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Recognized as HIMSS Stage 7

Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized as an Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 organization by HIMSS Analytics for its collaboration among operational, IT resources and partnering vendors to improve patient care.

Premier: C-Suite Leaders Short-Staffed, but Confident in Value-Based Shift

Staffing shortages tops the list of concerns for healthcare C-suite leaders, with 42 percent identifying this as having the biggest impact on their ability to delivery care effectively, according to Premier, Inc.’s Fall 2016 C-Suite Survey.

October Cybersecurity Report: 35 PHI Incidents, 776K Records Breached

The number of reported healthcare data breaches is down for the second straight month, but October still did see 35 protected health information (PHI) security incidents, totaling 776,533 records breached.

Boston Medical Center Launching Telehealth Epilepsy Care Collaborative

Boston Medical Center (BMC) has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to care for underserved populations of children and youth with epilepsy and related disorders.

Surveys: Ransomware Attacks Continue to Increase Rapidly

Ransomware attacks across all sectors continued to increase rapidly during the first nine months of 2016, with most organizations getting infected because an employee clicks on a malicious attachment or a bad link in an email message, according to Beazley Breach Insights.

Dallas-Area Network Connects ERs, Law Enforcement and Mental Health Providers

Dallas-based Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) is working with health IT vendor Loopback Analytics to connect Dallas area hospital emergency rooms, law enforcement and behavioral health providers to reduce jail and ER visits.

Horizon Family Medical Group Receives 2016 HIMSS Davies Award

Horizon Family Medical Group (HFMG), a large network of ambulatory care providers in Orange County, New York, has been named a 2016 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence recipient.

CRISP Deploying Verato Platform to Improve Patient Matching

The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), a not-for-profit regional health information exchange (HIE) serving Maryland and the District of Columbia, has adopted a cloud-based patient matching solution from Verato to assist with automatically processing the most difficult patient matching situations.

Cambia Health, Mosaic Partner to Launch Echo Health Ventures

Durham, N.C.-based Mosaic Health Solutions and Portland, Ore.-based Cambia Health Solutions announced the development of Echo Health Ventures, a healthcare investment company.

AMA Adopts Principles to Support Use of mHealth Apps

During its interim meeting in Orlando this week, the American Medical Association (AMA) approved a list of principles guiding coverage and payment policies concerning mobile health apps and devices.

CMS Launches API to Help Clinicians with Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released a tool that will allow clinicians to automatically share electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program.

Premier ACOs Continue to Outpace Peers, Data Shows

While federal accountable care organization (ACO) program results from 2015 exposed another year of mixed outcomes, Premier, Inc. has just released data showing that its ACO participants continue to outpace their peers.

Emory Partners with Australian University to Deliver 24/7 eICU Care

A three-way partnership using remote monitoring is bringing round-the-clock eICU care to patients at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, delivered by critical care physicians based in Sydney, Australia.

Mount Sinai Builds on its Robotic Surgery Techniques with New Institute

Mount Sinai Health System in New York City has established a robotics institute aiming to advance patient care and augment research and training.