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Arizona HIE Gets New Name, New Strategic Plan

The statewide health insurance exchange in Arizona has a new name, a new strategic plan and a new governance approach.

AHIMA Calls on Congress to Maintain Health IT Funding in 21st Century Cures

In a letter to Congressional leaders, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) voiced its concern about the need to continue to fund critical health IT initiatives that were advanced last year with the passage on the 21st Century Cures Act even as President Donald Trump has proposed a budget that includes deep cuts to federal agencies.

Illinois Provider Pays $31,000 HIPAA Settlement Due to Lack of BA Agreement

The Center for Children’s Digestive Health has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $31,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a corrective action plan, according to HHS.

New Allscripts Solution Said to “Deliver Fully Certified 2015 Edition Technology”

The Chicago-based Allscripts has attested that, through a partnership with Drummond Group LLC, it has developed a solution that is certified to enable clinicians to meet the requirements of the meaningful use program as well as the Quality Payment Program.

Research: IBM Machine Vision Tech Helps with Early Detection of Diabetic Eye Disease

IBM has released the results of new research using deep learning and visual analytics technology to advance early detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR), a diabetes complication that affects the eyes.

Survey: One-Third of Healthcare Providers Using Remote Patient Monitoring, Virtual Care

About three-fourths of healthcare providers have virtual care initiatives in place, and about a third are using remote patient monitoring to improve patient engagement and access to care and more of these programs are likely to come, according to a survey commissioned by KPMG LLP, the U.S. tax, audit and advisory firm.

Interoperability: Are Patients Falling Through the Cracks?

April 21, 2017  |  M. Maxwell Stroud, Lead Consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions
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When we in the industry discuss the concept of interoperability, we are most often talking about it from the perspective of a healthcare organization. We rarely, if ever, talk to patients about their data needs.

Working in Diverse Markets, a Healthcare Company Achieves Noteworthy Population Health Results

April 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Alignment Healthcare, a population health company with diverse lines of business, is making documented progress in leveraging data and analytics to fuel leading-edge care management strategies

Connected, but Not Aligned

April 20, 2017  |  Glenn Pearson
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Technology is everywhere, but up until fairly recently, there has been little effort to try to align resources or data definitions to provide seamless communication and, therefore, streamlined care.

CMS Issues 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule with Eye on Regulatory Simplification

April 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals, and which would make changes to several quality reporting programs.

In New York, Statewide HIE Re-examining Consent Model

April 17, 2017  |  David Raths
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The New York eHealth Collaborative proposes that the Statewide Health Information Network for New York consider broadening its consent policy to enable care coordination, quality improvement, and other population health efforts.

Siri, Open the Pod Bay Doors

April 14, 2017  |  David Scheinker, Ph.D.
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Focusing too much on what Hal-AI can’t yet do makes it easy to overlook the accomplishments of Practical Artificial Intelligence (Siri-AI) can.

At the Health IT Summit in San Jose, Cybersecurity Concerns Seen Growing

April 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The threat landscape in healthcare IT continues to expand, even as patient care organizations are lacking in terms of tending to some of the basics, industry leaders agreed, during a discussion of IT security at the Health IT Summit in San Jose

In Pittsburgh, a Big Data Alliance Looks to Transform Healthcare

April 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Rob Hartman, program manager, UPMC Enterprises, discusses what’s new with the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance and what lessons have been learned as it enters its third year.

Have You Written Your Health System’s Constitution?

April 13, 2017  |  David Raths
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Are there parallels between the development of your health system’s IT governance structure and how the Founding Fathers compromised to create the U.S. Constitution?

Former OCR Advisor on HIPAA Compliance and Data Breaches: “This is a Management Problem, Not a User Problem”

April 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at Austin-based CynergisTek and former HHS OCR senior advisor, shares his perspective about HIPAA compliance issues and why hospital executives need to sit up and notice OCR’s enforcement activities.