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ONC Avoids 2018 Budget Cuts in New Spending Bill

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) funding for 2018 will hold steady through September, at $60 million, as part of a House spending bill that was passed on Thursday.

Global Survey: Nearly Half of Physicians are Not Aware of Blockchain Technology

A survey, conducted by SERMO of 3,700 physicians across the globe, found that nearly half (47 percent) of polled physicians said that they were not aware of blockchain technology.

Wyoming Department of Health to Form Statewide HIE

Wyoming Department of Health plans to form a statewide, medical community-owned health information exchange (HIE), called the Wyoming Frontier Information Exchange (WYFI).

Four Organizations Plan to Form National Health IT Safety Collaborative

Four healthcare- and patient safety-focused organizations have indicated plans to establish a national health IT safety collaborative and are urging the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to support their efforts.

Finger Lakes Health’s IT Systems Still Down Following Ransomware Attack

Finger Lakes Health, a three-hospital healthcare delivery system in Geneva, New York, continues to use manual and paper processes following a ransomware attack over the weekend, according to local media reports.

Arizona ACO Pilots Blockchain Platform to Improve Clinical Outcomes, Reduce Costs

Arizona Care Network, a Phoenix-based accountable care organization (ACO), plans to pilot a blockchain technology platform developed by Solve.Care with the aim of improving clinical outcomes, relieving healthcare’s administrative burdens, and reducing waste within the system.

Payer Provider Employer Collaboration and Convergence Improves Lucy's Care

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.

At Banner Health, the Focus Turns to the Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats and How to Stop Them

March 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Banner Health’s CISO discusses the cyber threat landscape, what can be done to prevent attacks and what is concerning him most these days.

At University Hospitals in Cleveland, MD and IT Leaders are Making Strides to Reduce Provider Burnout

March 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi
Cleveland-based University Hospitals has accelerated a partnership with the health system’s EHR vendor, Allscripts, to address EHR usability and workflow issues, with the aim of making the EHR system more user-friendly, seamless and interoperable.

Could the MedPAC Proposal Around MIPS End Up Being the Wrong Answer to the Right Question?

March 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, has proposed that Congress eliminate the MIPS program and replace it with a new value-based purchasing program—but does that proposal make sense in the current policy and payment moment?

Rush University Medical Center Applies Analytics to Fine-Tune Clinical Documentation

March 19, 2018  |  David Raths
Physician burnout tied to dissatisfaction with EHR implementations can lead to inaccurate and incomplete documentation. That in turn can have financial, reputational and clinical repercussions. The Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, has spent the last...

Colorado’s Statewide HIE Leverages Data Exchange to Support At-Risk Youth

March 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Late last month, CORHIO, the Denver-based, statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Colorado, announced that the state of Colorado would leverage its HIE capabilities to improve the care of the state’s at-risk youth

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

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...

Should MIPS be Repealed and Replaced? Several Industry Leaders Weigh in on MedPAC’s Published Proposal

March 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
In its March report to Congress, MedPAC, a policy advisory group, recommends repealing MIPS and replacing it with an alternative model of reimbursement. Several industry thought leaders weigh in on the implications of this recommendation and the future of MIPS.

Healthcare Innovation Leader David B. Nash, M.D. Shares His Perspectives on the Current Moment in Population Health

March 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
David Nash, M.D., one of the best-known pioneers in the world of population health management and related areas, shares his perspectives on the current moment in—and future prospects of—the population health management phenomenon

Penn Medicine’s Innovator Awards Story: A Standard Clinical iPhone Enhancing Patient Care

March 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Several years ago, providers at Penn Medicine began using mobile apps for a variety of reasons, including: to support better interaction among care teams, conveniently manage and monitor multiple patients, prioritize needs, and make treatment decisions.

Housing is Healthcare: How a PCMH is Caring for NYC’s Homeless Population

March 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A PCMH approach at Care for the Homeless has enabled the organization to improve access to care, increase care coordination, and enhance the quality of care for the city’s homeless population.

How the HIT Industry’s Dominant Annual Conference Became (At Least Partly) a Policy Conference

March 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
If there was a single unifying factor at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, it was this one: as the U.S. healthcare IT landscape becomes more and more strongly policy- and payment-driven, so, too will the conversations and vendor pitches at the HIMSS Conference