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VA Chief Information Officer Scott Blackburn Resigns

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) acting chief information officer (CIO), Scott Blackburn, has resigned from his position, effective immediately.

HIT Advisory Committee Advances Recommendations on Core Data for Interoperability

The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), voted Wednesday to approve nine recommendations to update the list of data elements that vendors must exchange to be considered interoperable.

ACP Study: Only 37 Percent of MIPS Measures Are Valid

A new study from the American College of Physicians Performance Measurement Committee rated as valid only 37 percent of the 86 Quality Payment Program measures for 2017 deemed relevant to ambulatory general internal medicine.

Intermountain Healthcare Launches Study to Unlock Genomic Data

Researchers from the Salt Lake City, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare have announced a long-term prospective study that they think has the potential to help physicians and others unlock genomic data.

UNC Health Care Receives HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Designation

UNC Health Care, an integrated health care system based in Chapel Hill, N.C., has achieved Stage 7 designation on the HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

FDA Announces Plan to Advance Medical Device Safety and Cybersecurity

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new proposals aimed at advancing medical device cybersecurity, including placing new responsibilities on manufacturers, both before and after their devices hit the market.

Be Recognized as a Data Analysis Expert

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As healthcare evolves into a data-driven world, organizations are seeking health data analysts who understand how to interpret and provide value to data and analytics. AHIMA’s Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) credential holders have the power to spearhead...

At New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, Advances in Clinical Communications Address Patient Safety, Clinician Satisfaction Issues

April 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery share what they’ve accomplished and learned, after transitioning from an old analog pager system to an integrated telecommunications system—including gains in patient safety and clinician satisfaction

PODCAST: AMIA’s Jeff Smith on MACRA/MIPS in this Current Moment and What’s Next in HIT Policy

April 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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On the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, AMIA’s Jeff Smith gives his thoughts on where things stand with MACRA/MIPS right now, the future of MU, 21st Century Cures tidbits and more.

How One Venture Capital Executive Sees the HIT-Fueled Future of Patient Engagement

April 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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John Gardner, a partner in the San Francisco-based NGP Capital venture capital firm, shares his perspectives on the role of healthcare IT in the ongoing evolution of the patient engagement concept

What Nebraska’s Physician Shortage Says About the Emerging Healthcare System Nationwide

April 17, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A report issued earlier this month by leaders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center looks at the cornhusker state’s physician shortage—with strong implications for the role of healthcare IT in the emerging healthcare system

A Conversation with Shaye Mandle, President and CEO, the Medical Alley Association

April 16, 2018  |  Pamela Tabar
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Breaking down healthcare’s information siloes has become a mission for Shaye Mandle, president and CEO of the Medical Alley Association in Minneapolis, one of the largest medical technology consortiums in the country

Payer Provider Employer Collaboration and Convergence Improves Lucy's Care

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Lucy's physician, health plan and employer are using a shared analytics and care management platform to easily collaborate in a way that improves care for Lucy and rising-risk patients like her.

Connecting Healthcare with Food and Health: First Attempts Are Showing Real Promise

April 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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With health plans like Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and patient care organizations like Geisinger Health System, beginning to work on the issue of food insecurity, as it relates to diabetes, the possibilities of real convergence are many

BayCare Health CISO Thien Lam Shares His Insights on Disaster Recovery and Related Issues

April 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Thien Lam, CISO at BayCare Health System, shares his perspectives on some of the key issues facing CISOs in patient care organizations right now, including disaster recovery, business continuity, and network segmentation

In Southern Colorado, a Technology-Driven Initiative is Helping to Fill in the Gaps for Underserved Patients

April 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Community Health Partnership has been making strides to provide integrated care for high-risk populations in its Southern Colorado communities, with a focus on collaboration and whole-person care coordination, powered by technology.

A New Jersey Medical Center Takes the Initiative in Early Sepsis Detection

April 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Cape Regional Medical Center has linked up with Dascena, a California-based healthcare startup that develops predictive algorithms which have the potential to facilitate the timely and accurate diagnosis of complex conditions.

CISO Describes 10-Point Plan for Data Privacy Improvements

April 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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Following a 2012 breach, Florida-based Memorial Healthcare System CISO Rich Leon outlined 10 areas MHS has addressed to beef up its privacy protections.

eBook: Say Hello to the Right Technology: A Guide to 2017 Connectivity Solutions

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It can be hard for today’s businesses to create a truly integrated work environment. Having an infrastructure built on outdated technologies can further complicate the situation, resulting in a variety of business challenges that fall under four distinct...