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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.

Protenus February Breach Report: Number of Incidents Remain Steady

The number of healthcare data breach incidents continues to remain steady, and in February’s Breach Barometer report from Protenus, it was revealed that last month, a ransomware attack was responsible for the largest single incident.

Prior Authorization Burdens Hindering Patient Care, AMA Survey Finds

Approximately 64 percent of physicians in a recent American Medical Association (AMA) survey said they wait at least one business day before getting a response from a health plan regarding a prior authorization (PA) decision.

Intermountain Healthcare to Build Global DNA Registry with AncestryDNA, 23andMe Data

Intermountain Healthcare is building a new global DNA registry based on medical histories from people around the world, using existing genetic test results and electronic health histories.

NH-ISAC Accelerates Cyber Threat Sharing for Healthcare Industry

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) is partnering with Anomali, a provider of threat management solutions, to enable seamless, secure threat sharing within the healthcare community.

Enterprise Telemedicine Strategies Gaining Steam, Survey Finds

Healthcare providers are increasingly leveraging a centrally-managed (enterprise) approach to telemedicine, according to the results of the REACH Health 2018 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark survey.

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 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?

PODCAST: Micky Tripathi on the Current Health IT Moment—and Exploring the World Ahead

March 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
On this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, notable health IT expert Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., talked about what he learned at HIMSS18, KLAS’ report on CommonWell and Carequality, Apple’s health records solution, and much more.

Massachusetts ‘Housing-First’ Approach Wins Population Health Prize

March 20, 2018  |  David Raths
On March 20, at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance was named the winner of the 2018 Hearst Health Prize.

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.

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

A Legal Primer on Using Electronic Health Data for Public Health Purposes

March 13, 2018  |  David Raths
A new report from the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins University provides public health departments with a framework to allow them to request more real-time data from hospitals.