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Beyond EHR Optimization: The Advisory Board’s Barras Parses the Post-Implementation Challenges Facing CIOs

July 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As the leaders of patient care organizations move forward into the post-EHR-implementation phase, they face a welter of challenges around interoperability and analytics for performance improvement, says Rob Barras of The Advisory Board Company

In an Evolving Threat Landscape, Healthcare IT Security Leaders Face the Growing Challenge of IoT Devices

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a recent webinar hosted by the Center for Connected Medicine, healthcare IT security thought leaders parsed the challenges of cybersecurity and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in an evolving threat environment.

Almost 80 Percent of Clinicians Still Use Hospital-Issued Pagers

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A study examining the communication technologies used by hospital-based clinicians found that close to 80 percent (79.8 percent) of clinicians continue to use hospital-provided pagers and 49 percent of those clinicians report they receive patient care-related...

Survey: IT Expenses per Physician Continue to Rise to Nearly $19,000

July 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Information technology (IT) expenses for physician practices are on a slow and steady rise for most practices, and last year, physician-owned practices spent between nearly $2,000 to $4,000 more per FTE physician on IT operating expenses than they did the prior...

Change Healthcare Joins Blockchain Initiative Hashed Health

July 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nashville-based Change Healthcare, one of the largest independent healthcare IT companies in the U.S., has announced that it has joined the Hashed Health consortium, a firm dedicated to realizing the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Three Large Health Systems Join North Carolina’s HIE

July 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Three of the largest health systems in North Carolina, Duke Health, Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System, have signed agreements to connect to NC HealthConnex, North Carolina’s state-designated health information exchange (HIE).

Digital Health Venture Capital Funding Tops $4 Billion in First Half of 2017

July 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Global venture capital (VC) funding for health IT companies in the first half of 2017 was 36 percent higher year-over-year with a record $4 billion raised in 359 deals versus the $3 billion raised from 286 deals in the first half of 2016, according to a report...

Survey: 76 Percent of Health IT Execs Confident that IoT Devices are Protected

July 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A survey of IT decision-makers within the healthcare industry found that the majority of IT departments believe that existing security solutions for laptops and servers can also protect connected Internet of Things (IoT) medical devices.

DoD Rolls Out Cerner EHR at Second Military Base

July 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Naval Hospital Oak Harbor in Washington State went live with the MHS Genesis electronic health record (EHR) system from Cerner on Saturday, marking the second site to come online as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s initial operating capacity program.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Plunging Ahead into Wearable Technology and Care Redesign

July 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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David Levine, M.D., a practicing general internist and research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses the use of wearable technology in lieu of inpatient care, and delves into the opportunities, and challenges, of harnessing wearable data.

CMS Proposed Rule: MU Stage 3 Reporting Requirements Won’t Change

July 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a payment rule released last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed that reporting requirements for Stage 3 of the meaningful use program would not change, with the last stage of the federal program on track to commence on Jan. 1...

House Appropriations Bill Includes 37 Percent Budget Cut for ONC, $1.1B Increase for NIH

July 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The House Appropriations Committee released a draft funding bill for 2018 that included a $22 million budget cut for ONC—a number that is right in line with President Trump’s budget request that he released in May.
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