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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.

Wide Load: Puzzling Out the Place of the Diagnostic Image in the Emerging Healthcare Landscape

November 16, 2017     Mark Hagland
Even as the U.S. healthcare system shifts from volume to value, how best to integrate image exchange into overall data exchange remains unresolved.

CHIME’s Leaders Suspend National Patient ID Initiative

November 15, 2017     Mark Hagland
The leaders of CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management, announced on Wednesday that they were suspending the national patient ID initiative begun nearly two years ago, citing a lack of results

VA Asks Congress for $782 Million Funding Fix to Kick Off Cerner EHR Implementation

November 15, 2017     Heather Landi
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., told lawmakers on Wednesday that the VA is facing a “time crunch” and wants to jump start its work to transition to a Cerner EHR system in order to align its deployment with the DoD's EHR roll out.

Lessons Learned from the Trenches of Healthcare Policy

November 15, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
A former OMB director discusses federal rulemaking, the future of CMS’ Innovation Center, and if the push toward value-based care has been slowed at all in recent months.

Nemours Children’s Launches New Digital Health Platform to Tackle Chronic Disease

November 15, 2017     Heather Landi
Nemours Children’s Health System is piloting a new mobile app for asthma patients and their caregivers as part of a broader digital health strategy focused on building disease-specific tools that integrate the patient and clinician experience into one platform.

Trouble Getting HIE Data in the ED? Maybe You Need a FHIR HIEdrant

November 14, 2017     David Raths
A new SMART on FHIR app retrieves HIE data and integrates it in the clinical workflow in the emergency department EHR.

Deadline Approaching! Our Innovator Awards Program Awaits Your Stories of Innovation

November 14, 2017     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
Each year, Healthcare Informatics recognizes the best health IT innovation case studies from both provider organizations and vendor solution companies as part of its Innovator Awards Program

At Texas Health Resources, A Strategic Approach to Evolving Cybersecurity Challenges

November 14, 2017     Heather Landi
The health system’s CISO, Ron Mehring, details the organization’s data center transformation project and creating the security infrastructure needed to support future business and clinical initiatives.

In California, Two University Health Systems Decide to Collaborate on One EHR

November 13, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Rather than be on yet another separate instance of Epic amongst University of California healthcare organizations, UC Irvine has decided to join UC San Diego’s existing build

David Muntz Looks at Dallas, at Texas, and at Nationwide Healthcare Trends—in Context

November 13, 2017     Mark Hagland
David Muntz, the former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, and a former healthcare CIO for decades prior to that, offers his perspectives on key trends impacting the Dallas and Texas healthcare markets.

BREAKING NEWS: Trump Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

November 13, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
President Donald Trump confirmed on Twitter this morning that Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive, is his nomination to be the next Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

At the Health IT Summit in Beverly Hills, UW Medicine CISO Cris Ewell Urges Attendees to Get Proactive About IT Security

November 12, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the HIT Summit in Beverly Hills, Cris Ewell, Ph.D., CISO at the University of Washington Medical Center, warned his audience that much needs to be done to bring healthcare up to the level of data and IT security of other industries

OCHIN Pilots Getting Social Determinants Data into Epic

November 11, 2017     David Raths
In a two-year project, Oregon-based OCHIN sought to learn how to systematically track social determinants of health in community health center EHRs.

A Rural Healthcare CIO Speaks Out on East Texas’ Barriers to Value-Based Care

November 10, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
ETMC Regional Healthcare System’s CIO spoke to Healthcare Informatics about the organization’s biggest challenges right now as it relates to healthcare IT and value-based care, as well as other trends and innovation going on in the region.

Cedars-Sinai Leaders Articulate their Case for their Healthcare Solutions Accelerator Initiative

November 10, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Beverly Hills, senior leaders from the Cedars-Sinai health system shared the journey around their development of an accelerator program, designed to help bring forward solutions to improve patient care and operations

Market Report: Dallas’ Slow but Steady Push Toward a Value-Based Care Future

November 8, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Regional healthcare leaders are alert to the idea that leveraging IT at a high level will be crucial to helping them navigate their journeys into value-based healthcare

eBook: Say Hello to the Right Technology: A Guide to 2017 Connectivity Solutions

November 8, 2017     Frontier Business Edge
It can be hard for today’s businesses to create a truly integrated work environment. Having an infrastructure built on outdated technologies can further complicate the situation, resulting in a variety of business challenges that fall under four distinct categories:

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