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Allscripts Acknowledges Ransomware Attack, Says Impact is “Limited”

Health IT vendor Allscripts has acknowledged that it is investigating a ransomware incident that has impacted a limited number of its applications.

AHRQ to Fund Patient Safety Learning Laboratories

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research Quality plans to spend up to $5 million in fiscal 2018 to support as many as eight patient safety learning laboratories.

RCM Global Software Market to Hit $43.3B by 2022, Report Finds

The global market for healthcare revenue cycle management software is estimated to reach $43.3 billion by the end of 2022, according to a report from Future Market Insights (FMI).

Global Open Source HIT Project Gets $1M Donation From Cryptocurrency Philanthropy

OpenMRS, Inc., an open source medical records platform used in developing countries, has received a $1 million donation from the Pineapple Fund, an $86 million cryptocurrency philanthropy created by an anonymous donor known only as “Pine.”

Media Reports: Massive Data Breach of Norwegian Health Authority Could Impact 3 Million Patients

International media outlets are reporting that a hacker or hacker group breached the systems of Norway’s Health South East EHF, potentially compromising the healthcare data of nearly 3 million patients, or about half of Norway’s population.

Healthcare Groups Call for Improvements to Prior Authorization Process

A collaborative of healthcare organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, released a joint statement this week calling for improved prior authorization procedures, including automating the process to improve transparency and efficiency.

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 Having an infrastructure built on outdated technologies can further complicate the situation, resulting in a variety of business challenges that fall under four distinct...

For North Carolina ACO, Tech-Enabled Patient Outreach Drives Continued Success

January 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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At Triad Healthcare Network, technology has been a critical factor in the ACO’s success, specifically technology tools that help to identify gaps in care and scale patient engagement efforts, ultimately driving significant improvements in clinical outcomes.

Don't Tell This ACO MSSP Expectations Can’t Be Met

January 19, 2018  |  Faron Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Care Partners
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Innovation Care Partners (ICP), an affiliate of HonorHealth, is among the small number of MSSP ACOs that have achieved outstanding cost savings and clinical outcomes.

How One HIE is Solving its Unique Patient Matching Problem

January 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leaders at CRISP, a regional health information exchange serving Maryland and the District of Columbia, are figuring out the significant and unique challenge of matching and linking patient identities

On the Horizon: A Delivery System Increasingly Untethered from In-Person Patient Visits

January 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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An op-ed in The New England Journal of Medicine, authored by Sean Duffy and Thomas H. Lee, M.D., lays out clearly an argument for the path forward around a care delivery system increasingly untethered to in-person patient visits

Scottsdale Institute 2017 CISO Fall Summit: Best Practice Standards in Cybersecurity Risk Management

January 12, 2018  |  Shelley Ducker, Shelley Ducker Communications
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Thirteen chief information officers and chief information security officers of leading health systems convened in Chicago in mid-October to discuss key challenges, best practice standards and collaborative opportunities in cybersecurity.

Advanced Analytics Drives Health System’s Value-Based Care Success

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Advanced analytics makes it much easier for health systems and hospitals to succeed in value-based care contracts. This article details how a health system used advanced analytics to reduce out-of-network referrals, emergency department visits, and hospital...

Healthcare IT: Where Did it Come From and Where is it Going?

January 11, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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Dan Brown's book, Origin, offers some interesting insight on where cognitive computing is taking healthcare IT

Could HHS and CMS Shift Direction on Mandatory Bundled Payments? It’s an Intriguing Prospect

January 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Alex Azar’s comments in his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearings were highly intriguing; only time will tell what might happen to mandatory bundled payments under his direction, at Health and Human Services

A “Win” for Health Information Exchange? How the Patient-Centered Data Home Could Shift the Narrative

January 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite a lot of the negativity surrounding HIEs—and the many challenges that they face—a fairly new initiative from the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative has gotten me thinking that the conversation around HIEs could be changing.

Clinical Performance Improvement Leaders Zero In on ICU Challenges

January 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Last month, leaders at the Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier Inc. released a report on the potential for clinical performance improvement in ICUs in U.S. healthcare, outlining tremendous opportunities for systemic improvement in hospitals

CMS Announces New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model that Qualifies as Advanced APM

January 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).