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Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Second Place Winning Team: Children’s Health Alliance

Rajiv Leventhal
To date, population heath strategies have been mostly focused on adults. But at the Portland, Ore.-based Children’s Health Alliance, pediatricians have been working together on improving quality in pediatric care, despite the fact that robust systems and models for pediatric population health management have simply not been standardized.

Top Stories

MetroHealth Hits 2.5 Million Patient Records Exchanged

July 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Cleveland-based MetroHealth System has announced that it has reached its 2.5 millionth health information exchange (HIE) since it began exchanging records with other healthcare organizations in 2010.

As the Hours Count Down to a Possible DoD Mega-Announcement, Critics Express Skepticism

July 29, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
As news media reports indicated that the Department of Defense would announce its awarding of an EHR contract worth $10.5 billion late Wednesday afternoon, critics tell mainstream media reporters they are skeptical

ONC Doles Out $38M to Help with Interoperability, Population Health

July 28, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced that it is awarding $38 million in funding to 20 entities to help build on three health IT programs centered on interoperability, population health, and workforce...

Research: HIEs Help Reduce Tests in Emergency Departments

July 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
New research from the Brookings Institution on health information exchange (HIE) technology has shown a significant reduction in the duplication of tests in emergency departments (EDs).

Healthcare Analytics: Moving from Setup to Use Cases

July 22, 2015   |  David Raths
Over the last several years, HCI has had the privilege of covering the birth and toddler stages of the data analytics movement in healthcare. The exciting thing now is that even though many organizations continue to struggle with setting up analytics programs...

At iHT2-Denver, Discussion of HIE Turns to Cultural and Business Issues

July 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Denver, discussion of health information exchange inevitably turned to the cultural, strategic, and business issues around data exchange

Debe Gash’s Midwestern Common Sense and the Ubiquity of Images

July 19, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The success of the cloud-based information exchange for diagnostic images at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City shows that HIE with a vision grounded in reality can work wonderfully well

Saint Luke’s-Kansas City’s Shift to Community-Wide Cloud-Based Image Access

July 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
At Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, CIO Deborah Gash has led a successful initiative to implement a community-wide cloud-based image information exchange

CHIME Moves Forward on a Challenge-Based Approach to Developing a National Patient ID

July 15, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Leaders at CHIME are moving forward assertively to stimulate a challenge, or contest, to spur the invention of a private-sector solution to the problem of the lack of a national patient ID in the U.S.

A Change in Mindset: Thinking of HIE as a Utility

July 9, 2015   |  David Raths
Although health information exchanges struggle with getting providers to add cumbersome query capabilities into their workflow, many are finding success by providing a suite of other services that become invaluable to hospitals, physician practices and...

In Colorado, a Collaboration Around Healthcare Technology

July 7, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Across the country, technology and clinical leaders are figuring out ways to try to promote greater interoperability of healthcare data. In Colorado, part of the key to success has been competing around quality rather than technology.

Texas Gov. Signs Bill for Expanded Health Data Interoperability

July 1, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law to promote improved and expanded health data interoperability for Texas public health.