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NIH-Funded Genomic Data Center will Focus on Childhood Cancers

The NIH is spearheading a $14.8 million, five-year effort to launch a data resource center for cancer researchers around the world in order to accelerate the discovery of novel treatments for childhood tumors.

AMIA, Premier, AHA and AMA Comment on CMS’s 2018 MACRA Proposed Rule

Several healthcare and health IT organizations submitted recommendations and comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) 2018 proposed rule on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Comments on the proposed rule were due today.

Hackensack Meridian Health Invests $25M in Tech Incubator

New Jersey-based Hackensack Meridian Health has teamed up with the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJIT) to open a health incubator with a design similar to the reality show ”Shark Tank,” in which companies pitch healthcare innovation ideas to a panel of experts.

Protenus: Hacking Incidents Outweigh Insider Breaches in July

July is the first month in 2017 to have healthcare cybersecurity hacking incidents outweigh insider breaches to patient data in both frequency and number of affected patient records, according to the latest report from Protenus.

IBM, JDRF Collaborate to Apply Machine Learning to Type 1 Diabetes Research

IBM and JDRF, a global organization funding type 1 diabetes research, are collaborating to develop and apply machine learning methods to analyze years of global type 1 diabetes research data and identify factors leading to the onset of the disease children.

SHIEC’s New CEO Discusses Vision and Finding HIEs’ Next Level of Value

August 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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New CEO Kelly Hoover Thompson talks about her vision for SHIEC, the role of HIEs in the healthcare industry and the opportunities, and challenges, facing HIE leaders in the evolving national healthcare landscape.

At Indiana University Health, a Push into an Enterprise Imaging Strategy

August 22, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At Indiana University Health, leaders are pushing ahead on a broad initiative to implement an enterprise-wide imaging archive—and learning valuable lessons along the way

Could Electronic Communication Between Providers and Patients Have Unintended and Negative Consequences?

August 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A five-year data sample from a large U.S. health system shows that e-visits could have unintended consequences for MDs.

Google Glass Isn’t Just for Remote Scribes

August 22, 2017  |  David Raths
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Creating a remote presence for specialists is critical for a Canadian province with a population of about a million people scattered over a territory roughly the size of France.

UC San Diego Health: Moving Its EHR to the Cloud, Strategically

August 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Christopher Longhurst, M.D., CIO, and Adam Gold, CTO, of UC San Diego Health, explain why they’ve moved their EHR to the cloud—and what that move means in the broader context of the health system’s IT strategy

VA-DoD: Winning the Battle for Interoperability

August 16, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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While the VA’s decision to migrate to the same EMR platform as the DoD is a sound one, it will not, in and of itself, solve the interoperability problem

In Pennsylvania, Regional HIEs are Working Competitively—and Collaboratively, Too

August 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leaders of two health information exchanges in Pennsylvania discuss strategies for HIE success, and also how they are collaborating in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Doing the Right Thing in the Era of MACRA: The Role of Care Coordination

August 15, 2017  |  Thomas James, III, M.D.
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In the era of MACRA, providers need to balance reporting requirements, which can be time-consuming, while continuing to put patients first. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure patient care is well coordinated.

Getting Granular on Cybersecurity: Experts Talk Frameworks and Hacks in Philadelphia

August 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit Series-Philadelphia, healthcare IT leaders from the government, the provider sector, and the health plan sector shared perspectives on the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing the industry right now

How Predictive Analytics Can Help Address the Opioid Crisis

August 14, 2017  |  Sanket Shah, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Using healthcare data and actionable analytics could play a key role in helping to combat the opioid crisis.