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CommonWell Officials: Carequality Connection Now “Generally Available” for Members

November 16, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Connection capabilities to the Carequality framework, by members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, are now “generally available,” according to officials who made an announcement today.

The Evolving Healthcare CIO: Innovation Over Information

November 15, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
The healthcare CIO is the correct initialism for “chief information officer,” but as the landscape continues to change, “innovation” might be more appropriate.

Breaking: The 2019 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program is Open

November 15, 2018     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
The 2019 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program is now open for submissions. As always, it’s a great privilege and pleasure for us to sponsor this program.

Is Big Data the New Moneyball?

November 14, 2018     Pamela Dixon, Industry Voice
In Moneyball, the shift from money driving decisions to information driving the decisions upended the World Series and, subsequently, baseball. Big data may similarly upend healthcare.

VA, Cerner Leaders Detail Progress on EHR Implementation, Interoperability Efforts

November 14, 2018     Heather Landi, Associate Editor
The VA’s new $16-billion-dollar Cerner EHR system will use open APIs and FHIR-based integration to enable interoperability with the private sector, according to a Cerner executive testifying to Congressional leaders.

Olympic Marathons: Performance Improvement Initiatives Help to Power the Long Race

November 14, 2018     Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At a time when providers are being pushed to rework patient care delivery to deliver value, formal performance improvement initiatives are helping to achieve clinical and operational transformation.

At the Beverly Hills HIT Summit, CIO Tracy Donegan Shares the Story of Her Los Angeles Hospital’s Up-From-the-Ground IT Development

November 13, 2018     Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Tracy Donegan, CIO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, shared with Beverly Hills HIT Summit attendees learnings from the up-from-the-ground construction of its IT foundation

N.Y. Hospital Conducts Digital Assessments of Patient Interactions

November 13, 2018     David Raths, Contributing Editor
Physicians at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., are using a mobile app to collect data about hospitalists’ behaviors during patient interactions in order to provide real-time feedback.

Veritas Capital, Elliott Management Acquire athenahealth in $5.7B Deal

November 12, 2018     Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management are acquiring athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based EHR and practice management vendor, for $5.7 billion, according to a Monday announcement.

At the Beverly Hills HIT Summit, APG’s Crane Offers a Vision of the Future of Medical Care

November 11, 2018     Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of physician groups involved in risk-based contracting, offered HIT Summit attendees a vision of a coordinated care-based future

You Have to Learn to Walk Before You Can Run With Predictive Analytics

November 11, 2018     David Raths, Contributing Editor
The title of a recent webinar says all you need to know about predictive analytics in healthcare: “Within Sight Yet Out of Reach.”

Google Taps Geisinger CEO David Feinberg to Assume Healthcare Leadership Role

November 9, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Geisinger Health System CEO David Feinberg has been tapped by Google to assume a leadership role over its healthcare initiatives.

The Key to Clinical and Financial Success? Atrius Health President Gives Out His Recipe

November 8, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Atrius Health’s president and CEO, Steven Strongwater, M.D., discusses the organization’s population health initiatives that have led to strong clinical and financial performances.

Seven Best Practices for Optimizing EHRs Clinically and Financially

November 7, 2018     Dan O’Connor and Joncé Smith, Industry Voices, Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc.
Healthcare facilities struggle with knowing if they are using their EHRs to the full potential. There are ways to alleviate the confusion and optimize your EHR for combined clinical decision making and operational effectiveness.

HIE 2.0: CORHIO’s Leaders Map a Pathway to Advanced Data-Sharing Success in Colorado

November 7, 2018     Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
The leaders of Colorado’s statewide HIE, CORHIO, have been pushing ahead to advance the next phase of HIE evolution, moving into intensive data normalization work, even as they expand the types of data being shared across the Centennial State

Healthcare Leaders Praise Telehealth Advancements, Delayed E&M Coding Changes in Recent CMS Rule

November 5, 2018     Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Starting in 2019, for the first time, CMS will reimburse providers for virtual check-ins with patients, regardless of the patient’s location—a move that drew praise from many healthcare leaders.

Behind Providence St. Joseph’s Daring Push Into Digital Consumer Engagement

November 5, 2018     Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At the HIT Summit in Seattle, Aaron Martin shared insights on how—and why—Providence St. Joseph Health has successfully pushed ahead in its digital consumer engagement strategy

CHIME’s Russ Branzell: A Tech Revolution is Coming to Healthcare

November 2, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
At the CHIME 2018 Fall CIO Forum in San Diego this week, Branzell sat down with Healthcare Informatics Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for CIOs

BREAKING: CMS Publishes CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule/QPP Final Rule

November 1, 2018     Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Nov. 1, CMS published the Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program final rule for 2019, which encapsulates the MIPS and Advanced Payment Models.

University Hospitals Applies Homegrown Discharge Planning Workflow Solution to Opioid Prescribing

November 1, 2018     David Raths, Contributing Editor
Cleveland-based University Hospitals is taking advantage of an internally developed technology platform to re-imagine the discharge process, including identifying patients at risk for opioid misuse and dependence.

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