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In Op-Ed, CMS Signals “New Direction” for Innovation Center, Issues Request for Information

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the Trump Administration plans to lead the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation “in a new direction” to give providers more flexibility with new payment models and to increase healthcare competition.

ONC Seeking Feedback on Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking comment on the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) in advance of the 2018 Reference Edition publication.

Paragon EHR Users Divided on Impact of Allscripts-McKesson Deal

Among current users of McKesson’s Paragon electronic medical record (EMR) system, confidence about Allscripts’ future development of Paragon varies, with current Paragon users equally split on Allscripts ability to improve the technology, according to a new Flash Insights report released by KLAS Research.

Report: Threat Intelligence is “Essential” To Strong IT Security Posture

Amid growing concerns of large-scale cyber attacks, information technology (IT) leaders recognize the increasing importance of threat intelligence in the detection and mitigation of cybersecurity threats, yet organizations continue to struggle with insufficient expertise, data overload and inadequate threat sharing.

RCM Technology Companies Navicure, ZirMed Announce Merger

Healthcare revenue cycle management technology companies Navicure, based in Duluth, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky-based ZirMed announced last week that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine companies.

Survey: 1 in 3 Healthcare Consumers Lack Easy Access to Medical Records

A survey of more than 1,100 healthcare consumers found that 97 percent across all age and gender demographics are familiar with cloud technology, yet 31 percent cannot easily access their medical records and only half of those can access medical records online via their healthcare provider, according to a report from Ambra Health.

With Patient Input as North Star, University of Michigan Urology Builds Telemedicine Program

September 20, 2017  |  Sarah Kwon
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Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., and his colleagues at the University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine have been listening--really listening--to patients enrolled in their urology video visit program--and are making use of what they're hearing

Blockchain in Healthcare: Will You Lead or Follow?

September 20, 2017  |  Hillary Ross, Witt/Kieffer
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Healthcare has and will continue to look at and learn from other industries about the advantages and lessons learned from the use of blockchain. While blockchain may have originated in the finance world, its attributes have applicability in healthcare.

New Approaches to Healthcare Consumerism Examined at ATLAS Conference

September 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although marketing healthcare services to consumers was once considered taboo and unethical, some leading health systems are now realizing the importance in doing so.

Phishing in the Stream: Unlimited Bandwidth, Driverless Cars, and the Future of Health Data

September 20, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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There is a widespread belief, misguided in my judgement, that owning your own copy of the data has intrinsic value and gives organizations competitive advantages. In contrast, APIs promote a single source of truth approach by making the data available on-demand.

At ATLAS Conference, Experts Analyze the Wide-Ranging Implications of Health Policy

September 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the ATLAS conference, thought leaders discussed the current health policy landscape and how patient access, evolving care delivery models, and innovation all could be impacted.

In Washington State, a Community Hospital Changes its Mobile Landscape for Clinicians

September 18, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at UW Medicine Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, have implemented new technology and processes to improve communication among physicians and nurses

The AMA’s David Barbe, M.D.: Let’s Work Together to Optimize MD Outcomes Reporting

September 16, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The current president of the American Medical Association, David Barbe, M.D., discusses the challenges and opportunities around physician outcomes reporting under MACRA/MIPS—and what healthcare IT leaders can do to collaborate with physician leaders

Health IT Expert Tripathi Digs Deep on Impact of Epic’s Share Everywhere Release

September 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., discussed the impact of the Epic interoperability news, what’s specifically unique about it, and more wide-ranging interoperability issues at hand.

AT NYU Langone Health, Driving Forward on Technology Innovation at an Enterprise Level

September 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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At New York City-based NYU Langone Health, healthcare senior executive leaders are leveraging technologies like intelligent automation and machine learning to improve care quality and operational efficiency while also striving to enhance the patient experience.

Epic’s Faulkner on New Share Everywhere Solution: “Putting Interoperability Control in Hands of Patients”

September 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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Epic Systems has announced a new solution that aims to allow patients to grant access to their data to any providers who have internet access—even if they don’t have EHRs.