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In the Pursuit of Precision Medicine and Value-Based Care: Are They Dual, Yet Synergistic Goals?

April 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Precision medicine often is approached as a research endeavor, while value-based care transformation is framed as an operational initiative. However, one bioinformatics thought-leader asserts they are highly synergistic and, at their core, data-centric issues.

The Sequoia Project Touts Interoperability Growth in Fifth Year

April 26, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Sequoia Project is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month by announcing that its various interoperability initiatives have grown by health organization participants, by geographic reach, and by the sheer number of health records exchanged electronically.

Six Signs Your Vendor’s Not That Into You

April 25, 2017  |  Dick Taylor, M.D., executive vice president, MedSys Group
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Feeling neglected? Feeling as if everyone but you has a great healthcare information technology (HCIT) vendor? Concerned about the state of your relationship? Here are six signs your vendor is just not that into you.

Digital Health Company Develops Device that Simulates Parkinson’s Tremors for Doctors

April 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A digital healthcare company is using experiential technology to recreate disease symptoms with the aim of putting physicians and caregivers in patients’ shoes.

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

April 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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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...

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.

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

April 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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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...

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.

Health IT Innovation Lab Gets $5M Grant from Mass. Government

April 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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MassTech’s collaborative research and development matching grant program is awarding $5 million to support the launch of a healthcare research and product development initiative at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Google’s Verily Unveils Health Watch for Medical Research

April 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Verily Life Sciences, Alphabet’s health-focused subsidiary and formerly Google Life Sciences, unveiled last week its Verily Study Watch, a health tracking watch to be used as an investigational device.

VA Awards Leidos $29 Million Health Data Contract

April 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Reston, Va.-based Leidos has been awarded a $29 million contract by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to modernize the department’s information technology (IT) infrastructure.

Black Book: Cerner Best Suited to Replace VA’s VistA EHR System

April 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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With the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intending to replace its antiquated EHR system with a commercial product, a new Black Book survey has revealed that Cerner would be the health IT vendor best up to the task.
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