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Industry Groups Urge ONC to Reorient Goals of EHR Reporting Program, Focus on Health IT Safety, Security

October 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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AMIA questioned the "constrained scope" of the EHR Reporting Program, noting the program should be closer to a post-implementation surveillance ecosystem, not a government-sponsored "consumer reports."

KLAS Report: Behavioral Health EHR Vendors Demonstrate Poor Performance

October 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The behavioral health electronic health record (EHR) vendor market has shown poor performance, to date, according to customers, who cite slow development, implementation challenges and lackluster customer support, according to a KLAS Research report.

Survey: Half of Providers Use Multiple CDS Solutions, Use Varies by Provider

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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While three-fourths of providers currently use some sort of clinical decision support (CDS) solution, more than half are using multiple solutions, which indicates there is still not one solution that is meeting all of providers’ needs, according to a Reaction...

DoD-Cerner MHS Genesis Project Moves onto New Site Locations

October 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Department of Defense (DoD) is moving onto a second set of site locations for its Cerner electronic health record (EHR) rollouts.

New Report Examines Healthcare in the “Amazon Era”

October 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Hospital business leaders are open, and even optimistic, about the benefits of innovation from non-traditional healthcare players, such as Amazon and Apple, according to a new report from Captains of Industry, a marketing consultancy.

How Blockchain Technology Can Revolutionize Healthcare

September 26, 2018  |  David Hanekom, M.D., and Pradeep Goel, Industry Voices
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How do providers get better access to patients, deliver the best possible care, and get paid for their services in an accurate and timely fashion? The answer could be found in blockchain.

Town Hall Ventures Close First Fund at $115 Million

September 20, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Town Hall Ventures, an investment firm built to address the healthcare challenges of the most vulnerable Americans, has closed its first fund at $115 million.

A New Development Throws a Wrench into the Athenahealth Saga

September 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The ongoing drama over the future of EHR vendor athenahealth seems to have entered a new phase, with a development that potentially throws a monkey wrench into its business process

On Capitol Hill, Healthcare Leaders Raise Concerns with CMS’ Proposed ACO Rule

September 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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During a House subcommittee hearing, healthcare leaders voiced concerns that CMS' proposed changes to the MSSP ACO program will impede progress in the transition to value-based care.

Cigna to Invest $250M in Venture Fund with Eyes on Healthcare Startups

September 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Cigna, the Connecticut-based health services company, has announced the launch of Cigna Ventures, a corporate venture fund focused on investing in promising healthcare startups and growth-stage companies.

Health IT Now Pushes for Information Blocking Regulation, Says Administration “Must Uphold its End of the Bargain”

September 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The executive director of Health IT Now, a coalition of healthcare and technology companies, is again criticizing the Trump administration for not yet publishing any regulation on information blockin

The Next Frontier for Integrated Care Solutions

September 13, 2018  |  Pete Rivera, Industry Voice
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Rural Community Hospitals are searching for replacements comparable to those used in the larger metropolitan medical center.

In South Los Angeles, a High-Tech Hospital Delivers Healthcare to an Underserved Community

September 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Executive leaders at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital discuss the organization's journey to achieve HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 and meeting the healthcare needs of an underserved community.

Putting Social Determinants of Health Data into Action

September 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Leading hospitals, medical groups, and health systems, as well as ACOs and health insurers are moving forward to address social factors impacting health with a number of different approaches.

Report: Elliott Leads in athenahealth Takeover Bid as Cerner, UnitedHealth Pass

September 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Elliott Management is the favorite to win the athenahealth takeover bid now that Cerner and UnitedHealth have declined an opportunity to acquire the health IT company, according to a report.

Survey: CMIOs Cite Need for Better Technologies to Address High Drug Costs, Opioid Abuse

September 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Physician IT leaders believe that progress has been made to improve medication management, however, there is more work to be done to address gaps that could potentially impact patient safety, such as high drug costs and opioid abuse, according to a recent survey...

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: A Social Determinants of Health Technology Market is Slowly Emerging

September 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The IT market for social determinants of health data is currently a nascent field with many providers using homegrown solutions, but adoption of SDoH technology is expected to grow quickly.

Andy Slavitt, Health System Leaders Take Action to Advance Medicaid Transformation

August 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Project leaders of the recently announced Medicaid Transformation Project detail their plans for the initiative and why they believe collaboration is critical to improving care for vulnerable populations.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Could A New Interoperability Wrinkle Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Challenge?

August 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In recent proposed regulations, federal health leaders have clamped down in their ongoing effort to guide stakeholders to greater interoperability.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Could Newfangled Business and Technology Combinations Upend the Landscape of Healthcare Delivery?

August 29, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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What will the impact be of all of the recent bold technological and business moves for established patient care organizations in U.S. healthcare?

Senators Require Information Blocking Update by Sept. 30

August 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Lawmakers are requiring the Trump administration to provide Congress with an update, by September 30, on its progress establishing information blocking regulations that are required under the 21st Century Cures Act.

PODCAST: Dr. Rita Numerof on CMS’ New ACO Proposals: “It’s Been a Long Time Coming”

August 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A prominent healthcare consultant weighs in on a new regulation that could shake up the ACO landscape.

One CIO Details her Organization’s “Journey from the Basement” to Modernize its IT Strategy

August 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Leaders at the Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center face the complexity of managing the organization’s steady growth, and the need for an IT infrastructure that keeps pace with that growth.

Survey: Who Will Shake Up Healthcare? C-Suite Leaders Weigh In

August 20, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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With new, disruptive entrants coming into the healthcare market, which company is poised to have the biggest impact on healthcare? The majority of C-suite leaders have their eyes on Amazon to shake up healthcare, according to a recent survey of healthcare C-level...

Allscripts Selling Its Stake in Netsmart

August 17, 2018  |  David Raths
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During its second-quarter earnings call on Aug. 2, Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) announced it was selling its majority stake in Netsmart, a provider of health IT software and services to the behavioral health, social services and post-acute market.

Study: Many U.S. Hospitals won’t Reach HIMSS Stage 7 Until 2035

August 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Unless the healthcare IT ecosystem experiences major policy changes or leaps in technological capabilities, many hospitals will not reach Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model until 2035, according to new research.

Dr. David Nash on Population Health: Physicians Don’t Grasp It

August 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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David Nash, M.D., one of the best-known pioneers in the world of population health management and related areas, discusses the population health landscape with Healthcare Informatics

Will the Chief Digital Officer Role be Key to Healthcare’s Future?

August 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Leading hospitals and health systems are increasingly adding chief digital officers to their senior leadership teams. Hillary Ross, a senior partner with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, shares her thoughts on the growing importance of the CDO in healthcare.

CommonWell, Carequality Connectivity Now Live; Organizations Announce Limited Roll-Out of Health Data Exchange

August 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi and Rajiv Leventhal
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Building on an announcement made almost two years ago, CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality announced today initial connectivity, which is the beginning of a broader effort to increase health data exchange nationwide.

HHS OIG Fines eClinicalWorks $132,500 For Violating Corporate Integrity Agreement

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) fined electronic health record vendor eClinicalWorks $132,500 for failing to report patient safety issues to the regulatory body as reportable events in a timely manner.

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