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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

Reflecting on the Clash of Incentives Around “Information-Blocking” in the Push Towards the New Healthcare

May 27, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
A recent blog by Julia Adler-Milstein in Health Affairs online serves as reminder of the clash of incentives in U.S. healthcare right now over how, or indeed even whether, to share data and information for the common good

Connecticut Legislature Considers Giving Statewide HIE Another Try

May 26, 2015   |  David Raths
Although it is surrounded by states that have had relative success with statewide health information exchange efforts, Connecticut has struggled to develop an HIE. Last year it pulled the plug on its earlier efforts after spending $4.3 million in federal grant...

Is This Population Health’s Moment? Time for Data and Analytics

May 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Leaders from all sectors of healthcare understand that the journey is going to continue to be a long, challenging one--but pioneering organizations are already effectively leveraging data for their groundbreaking programs

At iHT2-Boston, HealthInfoNet’s Dev Culver Offers a Success Story Around Predictive Analytics for Population Health

May 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Innovation is proceeding apace in Maine, where HealthInfoNet, Maine’s statewide HIE, is now leveraging predictive analytics to support care management for its stakeholder provider organizations

Can Middleware Technology Solve Healthcare’s Interoperability Problems?

May 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent Black Book survey found that the healthcare industry appears a ways away from achieving meaningful interoperability. However, one medical expert says there is a technological answer that solves this problem.

Two Major Texas HIEs Planning Merger

May 19, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Two major health information exchanges (HIEs) in Texas are planning a merger that would bring together the electronic health records (EHRs) of millions of state residents, according to various news media reports.

A Surge Towards Population Health Management in the Upstate of South Carolina

May 14, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
In the upstate westernmost region of South Carolina lies Greenville Health System (GHS), among the largest healthcare networks in the Southeast. GHS has recently deployed various health IT solutions to support its population health management initiatives and...

Scripps, Sharp HealthCare to Fully Participate in San Diego HIE

May 13, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The San Diego-based Scripps Health and Sharp Healthcare are beginning full participation in the San Diego Health Connect, a regional health information exchange (HIE) that now facilitates the data exchange of more than 2.7 million San Diego County residents.

CMS Official on Future of Health IT: “It’s Time to Build Something Magnificent”

May 8, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Jason McNamara, senior technical director of Medicaid health IT at CMS, surveys the health IT landscape, offering thoughts on the perception of the government as well as current trends and challenges he’s seeing in the industry from a policy perspective.

At Mary Washington Healthcare, Laying Bricks in the Population Health Foundation

May 5, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
With provider organizations taking on more risk as they continue to enter into the world of value-based healthcare, BI and analytics become crucial elements. In Virginia, one healthcare organization has recently taken the dive into this pool, keying its...

MedVirginia CEO: For Physician Community, HIE Must Become a Standard of Care

May 1, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Fifteen years ago, hospitals and physicians in Virginia were just getting onto the electronic medical record (EMR) scene. Today, says MedVirginia’s CEO Michael Matthews, it’s about making that health information useful and making HIE a standard of care.

Greater Houston Healthconnect Expands Network

April 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
GreaterHouston Healthconnect, a regional health information exchange (HIE) in Houston, has just added CHI St. Luke’s Health, a major health player in Texas, to its network.