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One-on-One with Bon Secours Mercy Health’s President of Health Innovation

October 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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G. Anton Decker, M.D., president of health innovation at Bon Secours Mercy Health, discusses how he, and his organization, take on innovation opportunities and how digital health plays a role in operational strategies.

Study: EMR Interventions Help in Providing High-Value Medical Care

October 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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By implementing electronic medical record (EMR)-based interventions, Boston Medical Center was able to reduce unnecessary diagnostic testing while increasing the use of postoperative order sets.

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."

UnitedHealth Group Plans to Unveil Health Record for Members, Providers in 2019

October 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Health insurer UnitedHealth Group will be unveiling a “fully integrated and fully portable individual health record,” CEO David Wichmann said on the on the company’s third-quarter earnings call yesterday.

UC Davis Health’s Physician-Specific Approach to Addressing Burnout

October 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In Sacramento, clinical and IT leaders at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Health have been eager to develop and roll-out a program to improve physician efficiency levels within the EHR.

Report: athenahealth Has Multiple Bidders for Sale of the Company

October 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Watertown, Mass.-based health IT company athenahealth has attracted interest from at least five potential bidders for a possible sale of the company, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

VA-DoD Leaders Signal Commitment to Achieving Interoperability, but What Uphill Challenges Will They Face?

October 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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DoD and VA leaders' commitment to achieving interoperability could drive meaningful healthcare interoperability forward, but this effort faces substantial challenges.

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.

Despite HIPAA Law, Researchers Say Getting Medical Records Still is Burdensome

October 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A recent study of 83 hospitals has revealed that there was noncompliance with federal regulations for formats of release and state regulations for request processing times.

Bringing Genetics to the Forefront of Primary Care

October 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Health systems, such as NorthShore University HealthSystem, are now becoming more interested in incorporating genetic information into a patient’s care plan

MGMA Survey: Medical Group Practices Cite Increased Burden from Regulatory Demands, EHRs

October 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Nearly nine in 10 medical group practice leaders have said that the overall regulatory burden on their organization has increased over the past year, according to a new survey from the MGMA.

Pew Report Digs Deep into Patient Matching Challenges, Recommendations

October 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts outlined several key themes related to patient matching, while also suggesting recommendations to improve matching and the infrastructure needed for more robust progress in the medium and long term.

In New Opioids Legislation, Patient Privacy Holds Serve

October 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Congress’ sweeping opioids legislation has created much debate in recent days and weeks, as stakeholders sit on different sides of the table over a key patient privacy element.

New ONC Analysis Reveals Progress on FHIR Adoption, Implementation

October 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Adoption and implementation of the HL7 FHIR standard in health IT is steadily progressing, according to a commentary post from ONC leaders.

CDC IT Leader Details Progress on Developing an EHR Blockchain

October 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Askari Rizvi, chief of the technical services branch of the CDC’s Division of Health Care Statistics, discusses a CDC-IBM collaboration to develop a proof of concept for an EHR blockchain.

Survey: EHRs, Value-Based Care Causing Docs to Sour on Profession

October 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Seven out of 10 physicians are unwilling to recommend their chosen profession to their children or other family members, with frustrations over EHRs and value-based care ranking as key reasons why.

In Texas, Healthcare Leaders Take a Tech-Enabled Approach to Combat the Opioid Crisis

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Healthcare leaders in Texas are taking steps to provide ED care teams at hospitals across the state with technology tools to combat opioid abuse and addiction and provide better patient care.

Health IT Experts Develop the “Wizard” for Easier Health Record Access

September 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A new tool has been developed that aims to streamline the process of patients getting copies of their medical records.

Climbing Up the Risk Ladder: How National ACO Has Built a Winning Value-Based Care Infrastructure

September 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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National ACO—headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif., but with providers in multiple states—has progressed through the federal ACO ranks in a way that could set the path for others

Survey: 62 Percent of Docs Use Speech Recognition, But Cite Concerns About Accuracy

September 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians are currently using speech recognition technology with their electronic health record (EHR) solution, yet 23 percent have no plans to adopt speech recognition, according to a Reaction Data survey about the use of speech-enabled EHRs.

Could Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status Help Predict Health Outcomes?

September 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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One’s neighborhood socioeconomic status may not contribute much more to risk prediction than information already within electronic health record (EHR) data, according to new research.

Making Precision Medicine a Reality at Cleveland’s University Hospitals

September 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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University Hospitals is no stranger to precision medicine initiatives and a recent partnership is moving the needle even further

Who Will Watch the Apple Watch?

September 24, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D., Industry Voice
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It does no good to have devices like AW4 generating data if we don’t know what to do with it or don’t have processes in place to reliably respond.

Survey: Physicians Sour on Value-Based Care Metrics, EHRs

September 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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More than 50 percent of U.S. physicians who receive value-based care compensation said they do not believe that the metrics the reimbursement is tied to improve the quality of care or reduce costs, according to a new survey.

With Apple’s Launch of an ECG Device, Digital Health Leaders, Cardiologists See Possibilities, and Limitations

September 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Digital health leaders and cardiologists see Apple’s development of an ECG app as a significant step forward with consumer-facing health monitoring devices, while also seeing the technology's limitations.

Senate Passes Opioid Response Bill with Substantial Health IT Elements

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The U.S. Senate yesterday passed The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which includes numerous important health IT provisions, by a vote of 99-1.

At Partners HealthCare, Bringing Digital Transformation to Clinical Care

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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An innovative partnership between Partners and Persistent Systems looks to move the needle on healthcare digital transformation with the development of an industry-wide open-source platform.

Humana’s CMO Speaks of the “Bold Goal” Embedded in the Company's Population Health Work

September 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Roy Beveridge, M.D., Humana’s chief medical officer, shares his perspectives on the drive to value-based care, population health and addressing social determinants of health.

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