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Market Profile: San Diego Healthcare Leaders Find Togetherness Comes Naturally

December 6, 2017     Mark Hagland
In part 1 of a three-part series, Healthcare Informatics looks at the dynamics of the San Diego healthcare market around collaboration among stakeholder groups—and finds a metro healthcare market culture that fosters both cooperation and innovation

For Some, CMS’ Cancelling of Two Mandatory Bundled Payment Models is Music to the Ears

December 5, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
When the news last week broke that CMS finalized a rule that will cancel mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, for some industry stakeholders, the rule came as a welcome relief.

Can Technology Transform Behavioral Care? Healthcare Leaders Discuss the Promise and the Hype

December 5, 2017     Heather Landi
During a healthcare conference sponsored by MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Don Mordecai, M.D., Kaiser Permanente National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness, shared his perspective on the state of digital health innovation in mental health care.

CVS Health Announces $69 Billion Acquisition of Aetna

December 4, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
CVS Health announced this weekend that it has agreed to acquire Aetna in a $69 billion dollar merger that is the largest ever in the health insurance industry.

State Medicaid Leaders Parse the Challenges of Healthcare Payment Reform

December 1, 2017     Heather Landi
During a health innovation conference sponsored by MIT’s Sloan School of Management, three state Medicaid leaders discussed their states’ progress to implement value-based payment models and the ongoing challenges of healthcare payment reform.

Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program Deadline EXTENDED

December 1, 2017     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
Due to outpouring requests from both vendors and providers, we have decided to extend the deadline to submit to this year’s Innovator Awards Program.

At RSNA, Industry Sage Joe Marion Scans the Landscape—and Sees Massive Change

December 1, 2017     Mark Hagland
Joe Marion, one of the most respected consultants in imaging and imaging informatics, shares his perspectives on what’s been different at this year’s RSNA Conference, and where everything is headed in terms of vendor solutions

BREAKING: CMS Officially Cancels Mandatory Hip Fracture, Cardiac Bundled Payment Models

November 30, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has finalized a rule that will cancel mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models.

Why Current Patient-Doctor E-Communication Guidelines are Not Good Enough: One Researcher Speaks Out

November 30, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Investigators from the Regenstrief Institute took a close look at e-communication between patients and doctors, as well as the need to modernize guidelines.

Will Artificial Intelligence Change Radiology Practice? At RSNA, James Whitfill, M.D. Offers His Thoughts

November 29, 2017     Mark Hagland
James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Innovation Care Partners in Phoenix, shared his perspectives on the hype and potential of artificial intelligence, during the RSNA Conference

Texas Health Resources’ Dr. Saldaña: "We Have to Work Collaboratively to Reduce Barriers to Information Flows"

November 29, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Luis Saldaña, M.D., CMIO at THR, discusses how the Dallas-Fort Worth region is progressing in its value-based care initiatives, in its ongoing HIE evolution, and how organizations such as THR are working to reduce physician burnout.

Closing the Security Gap: How Many Devices are on Your Network?

November 28, 2017     Sean Hughes, Executive Vice President of Managed Document Solutions, CynergisTek
Most healthcare organizations don’t know the full inventory of devices that are connected to the network or that print devices pose dangerous risks.

At RSNA 2017, Much Discussion—and Hype—Around Artificial Intelligence

November 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
At RSNA 2017, radiologist leaders look towards the future of value-based care, and see the leveraging of artificial intelligence tools as essential to the success of their specialty going forward

In San Francisco's Chinatown, Using HIT to Improve Patient Identification and Analyze Care Gaps

November 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
Serving an immigrant community with complex medical and support needs, the Chinese Community Health Care Association (CCHCA) is moving forward to implement strategies that optimize patient identification and care management.

An IT Leader Shares How Stanford Health Care is Transforming Patients’ Digital Experience

November 22, 2017     Heather Landi
Aditya Bhasin, vice president of software design and development, digital solutions, at Stanford Health Care, discusses Stanford’s work to transform patients’ digital experience, which has led to increased patient satisfaction and operational efficiencies.

Challenges Wide and Deep: Army Medicine´s CISO Offers His Perspectives

November 21, 2017     Mark Hagland
Heath Renfrow, the CISO of Army Medicine, has an exceptionally broad portfolio, and faces many challenges—but also gains from certain resources within the federal government and the military

Parkland Health and Hospital System CIO Details How Virtualization Improved Patient Care

November 21, 2017     Heather Landi
In 2015, Parkland Health and Hospital System opened a new, larger hospital, creating the need for a new digital strategy. As a result of this digital strategy transformation, clinicians now spend less time with technology, and more time with patients.

Data Quality, Liquidity Key to Physician Practice Transition to Value-Based Care

November 20, 2017     David Raths
Issues with data liquidity and quality will make the transition to value-based care difficult, says the American Academy of Family Physicians' Steven Waldren, M.D., “but the horse is out of the barn, and we will move toward value-based payment no matter what.”

Will Digital Pathology Finally Join Radiology in the New Digital Healthcare?

November 20, 2017     Mark Hagland
The recent publication of a peer-reviewed article has opened the door to the widespread use of digital pathology for diagnosis, pointing to the broad inclusion of digital pathology images into enterprise-wide digital archives.

Research Finds States Remain Committed to Value-Based Payment Models

November 16, 2017     Carolyn Wukitch, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Network & Financial Management, Change Healthcare
Alternative payment programs are now firmly rooted in state-level healthcare policy, as discussions regarding health reform continue in Washington. That’s according to a new national study commissioned by Change Healthcare which finds over 40 states pursuing value-based payment programs, with 15 multi-payer initiatives across those states. Kaiser Health News just published a report, “So Much Care It Hurts: Unneeded Scans, Therapy, Surgery Only Add to Patients’ Ills” which describes aggressive over-treatment for breast cancer. And a story in Health Affairs, “Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services Contribute the Most to Unnecessary Health Spending” showed that a preponderance of prescribed low-value health services offered little medical value while increasing patients’ costs.

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