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Ohio’s Summa Health Names New CIO

Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health has named Tanya Arthur its new senior vice president and chief information officer, replacing Greg Kall, who retired in December.

Survey: One in Five Healthcare Professionals Had Patient Data Breaches

A new survey finds that there is a disconnect between data breaches and the level of confidence that healthcare professionals have in protecting sensitive patient medical and healthcare data.

Georgia Statewide HIE Awards $500K in Grants

The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the statewide health information exchange (HIE) for Georgia, awarded a total of $500,000 to its members in 2017.

MedPAC Votes 14-2 to Scrap MIPS, Recommends Alternative Program

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program, voted 14-2 on Thursday in favor of scrapping the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and replacing it with an alternative model of reimbursement.

DaVita Physician Solutions to Replace Nephrology-Specific EHR with Epic

DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care services, has announced that DaVita Physician Solutions will partner with Epic to replace Falcon Physician, its nephrology-specific electronic health record.

California Gov. Brown’s Budget Proposes $30M for Precision Medicine

California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a budget allocation of $30 million to establish the California Institute to Advance Precision Health and Medicine.

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 Having an infrastructure built on outdated technologies can further complicate the situation, resulting in a variety of business challenges that fall under four distinct...

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.

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.

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...

One Healthcare CISO’s View: CISOs Need to be True Business Partners

January 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Brian Kreitzer, CISO at Los Angeles-based UCLA Health, discusses the evolving role of the CISO and why an organization's reporting structure and executive leadership involvement can have a significant impact on security culture.

An Exciting New Year for Pragmatic Clinical Trials

January 8, 2018  |  David Raths
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It’s an exciting time in the world of pragmatic clinical trials, as the big data from EHRs and claims data starts to bring back answers to interesting research questions.

Five Tips for Seeking Greater Interoperability in 2018

January 8, 2018  |  Sarath Degala, BIP Capital
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The recent merging of Aetna and CVS has me thinking about the potential implications of two disparate elements of the healthcare system—insurance companies and pharmacies—working together as part of a whole.

One Expert Looks at the CVS/Aetna Combination through the Broader Lens of Health Industry Change

January 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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David Friend, M.D., the chief transformation officer in the BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation, shares his perspectives on some of the new business combinations that are disrupting all healthcare sectors

At UC San Diego Health, a Strategic Focus on Getting Providers the Right Information, at the Right Time

January 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Cassi Birnbaum, system-wide director of health information management and revenue integrity at UC San Diego Health, discusses the health system’s roadmap for health information exchange and shares progress on several grant-funded health IT pilot projects.