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Bringing Machine Learning to the Point of Care to Improve Suicide Prevention

November 6, 2017     David Raths
Researchers are using machine learning to build and evaluate prediction models to identify which patients might be at increased risk of suicide attempts.

In Dallas, UT Southwestern’s Leaders Push Ahead on their Ambulatory Quality Initiative

November 3, 2017     Mark Hagland
Things continue to move forward at UT Southwestern, where an extraordinary Ambulatory Quality Outcomes initiative snared its leaders the first-place award in Healthcare Informatics’ 2016 Innovator Awards Program

Healthcare Industry Leaders React to Quality Payment Program Final Rule for 2018

November 3, 2017     Heather Landi
The day after CMS released the final rule making changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, healthcare industry leaders are voicing mixed reactions, but do seem satisfied with some of the increased flexibilities.

A Candid Conversation with CHIME’s Russ Branzell

November 2, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
In San Antonio, Texas, Russ Branzell spoke with Healthcare Informatics Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal about the pressures CIOs are facing, where CHIME stands on certain policy issues, and more

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Publishes CY 2018 MACRA QPP Final Rule

November 2, 2017     Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, Heather Landi, and David Raths
Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Nov. 2, CMS published its calendar-year 2018 Quality Payment Program final rule, under the MACRA law, with important modifications for physicians

Unnecessary Care: It’s Not Necessary

November 2, 2017     Suresh Yarlagadda, Medical Director, Clinical Strategy, Change Healthcare
Unnecessary care is unnecessarily in the news these days. We say “unnecessarily” because such care—as well as the associated costs it incurs and risks it poses for patients—can be mitigated. 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.

At UCHealth, a Sprint Toward EHR Optimization—at an Individual Level

November 1, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Having tried numerous methods to improve physician-EHR workflow, UCHealth now deploys the “EHR 2.0 Sprint,” which is a two-week intensive immersion in clinic with a small team.

IHIE’s Charles Christian Urges CIOs to Think Differently about Interoperability

November 1, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
A senior leader of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) said at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum that much of the health IT industry is thinking about interoperability in the wrong way.

During Senate Hearing, ONC, CMS Leaders Report on Progress Implementing HIT Provisions in Cures Act

November 1, 2017     Heather Landi
During a Senate HELP committee hearing Tuesday, Senate leaders pressed ONC, CMS and OIG leaders on the progress being made to implement the health IT provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law December 2016.

CHIME’s Mari Savickis on Forthcoming MACRA Rule: “I Think We’re Looking at a Good News Story”

November 1, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
With the MACRA 2018 Quality Payment Program final rule due any day now, CHIME’s vice president of federal affairs, Mari Savickis, expects stakeholders to be mostly pleased with the government’s final rulemaking.

Texas Health Resources’ CNIO Details the Organization’s Journey towards High Reliability

November 1, 2017     Heather Landi
Mary Beth Mitchell, R.N., chief nursing informatics officer (CNIO) at Texas Health Resources, based in Arlington, Texas, details the health system's strategic initiatives supporting its shift to becoming a high reliability organization.

UPMC’s March Forward in CMS’ Oncology Care Model

October 30, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Rushir Choksi, M.D., an oncologist at the UPMC Hillman Cancer who is overseeing the OCM initiative for the health system, discusses lessons learned from year one in CMS’ pilot program.

At Tampa General Hospital, a Newfound Focus on Clinical Process Improvement

October 26, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Last year, Tampa General Hospital, a 1,011-bed teaching hospital in Florida, initiated a clinical process improvement program aimed at enhancing standardization and efficacy of treatment for conditions identified as high priority.

President Trump’s Opioid Emergency Declaration to Expand Telemedicine Access

October 26, 2017     Mark Hagland
News media reports confirmed that President Trump was set to declare a public health emergency around the opioid crisis on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26; among the impacts will be the expansion of access to telemedicine services for those affected

Pre- and Post-Hurricane Harvey: Healthcare Providers Rely on Health IT to Mitigate Disruptions to Care

October 24, 2017     Heather Landi
Two Houston-based healthcare provider organizations relied on health IT to mitigate overall disruptions to care before, during and after Hurricane Harvey. Organization leaders share how health technology helped them weather the storm.

At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, a Nuanced Discussion of CISO-Level Challenges

October 20, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, CISOs and other cybersecurity experts engaged in a nuanced discussion of the complex issues facing healthcare IT leaders right now industry-wide, as they work to establish and optimize cybersecurity frameworks

St. Luke’s University Health Network Recognizes Employees’ Quality Projects

October 20, 2017     David Raths
Now in its 10th year, the St. Luke’s University Health Network Quality Improvement Awards Program recognizes internal innovations in care and efficiency.

At the Raleigh HIT Summit, Henry Ford Privacy Chief Harper Urges HIT Leaders to Action

October 20, 2017     Mark Hagland
Henry Ford Health System chief privacy officer Meredith Harper kicked off the Cybersecurity Forum—day two of the Health IT Summit in Raleigh—with a compelling presentation on the journey of her organization into intensified IT security readiness

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, CIO David Chou Challenges Leaders to Think Digital Transformation

October 19, 2017     Mark Hagland
David Chou, CIO of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, told attendees at the Health IT Summit in Raleigh that they need to be change agents, helping to lead healthcare into the digital age

KLAS 2017 Interoperability Report: Some Progress, but Providers Expecting More

October 19, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
A KLAS examination of 420 healthcare organizations has revealed that while the number of providers engaging in “deep” interoperability has increased, the overwhelming majority are still not reporting interoperability success.

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