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In Holston Medical Group’s March to Value, an HIE Proves Mission Critical

July 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HIEs have been brought into the healthcare ecosystem to connect providers, improve workflow and coordinate care with others, in real-time. But HIEs are also serving as a critical component in the industry’s value-based care shift.

Healthcare Leaders React to CMS’ 2019 QPP Proposed Rule and E&M Coding Changes

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Some health IT industry groups have voiced concerns that the CMS proposals, specifically in its proposed rule for the third year of the Quality Payment Program, will undermine efforts to move Medicare provider payment to value.

Value-Based Care Shift Has Halted, Study Finds

July 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new study of 451 physicians and health plan executives suggests that progress toward value-based care has stalled. In fact, it may have even taken a step backward over the past year, the research revealed.

Study: EHRs Tied with Lower Hospital Mortality, But Only After Systems Have Matured

July 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Over the past decade, there has been significant national investment in electronic health record (EHR) systems at U.S. hospitals, which was expected to result in improved quality and efficiency of care. However, evidence linking EHR adoption to better care is...

PODCAST: Policy Experts Dissect CMS’ “Modernizing Medicare” Proposed Rule

July 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Jeff Smith, vice president of public policy at AMIA, and Tom Lee, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Chicago based SA Ignite, a company that helps healthcare organizations with value-based reporting, weigh in on the different components of CMS' proposed rule

Health Catalyst Completes Acquisition of HIE Technology Company Medicity

July 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Salt Lake City-based Health Catalyst, a data analytics company, has completed its acquisition of Medicity, a developer of health information exchange (HIE) technology, and the deal adds data exchange capabilities to Health Catalyst’s data, analytics and decision...

Morris Leaves ONC to Lead VA Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization

July 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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Genevieve Morris, who has been detailed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from her position as the principal deputy national coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, will move over full time to lead the newly establishment VA...

BREAKING: CMS Proposes Dramatic Changes with Aim to “Modernize Medicare and Restore Doctor-Patient Relationships”

July 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS today proposed changes that the agency believes will “fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the doctor-patient relationship by empowering clinicians to use their EHRs to document clinically meaningful information.”

Why FDA’s Scott Gottlieb Wants to Create a ‘National Utility’ for Real-World Evidence

July 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is signaling its intent to expand its work to get real-world data from EHRs and other data sources to assess product efficacy and safety.

Mission Health M.D. Leader on The Power of Technology to Improve Health and Bring Humanity Back to Medical Practice

July 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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At Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health, senior leaders have created a culture of continuous improvement grounded in analytics and this is driving significant clinical and operational improvements across the enterprise.

New Blockchain Company Has Own Cryptocurrency Payment System

July 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new blockchain company attests that it has its own cryptocurrency payment system, with the goal to restore and optimize patient-provider relationships.

At Northwell Health, IT Leaders are Revamping the EHR with AI, NLP and Voice Tools

July 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Major tech companies and health systems are revamping EHRs with artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology. Project leaders at Northwell Health have developed an EMRbot that enables physicians and nurses to “talk” with a patient’s medical record.

The Value of Deploying a Social Determinants Screening Tool in EHR

July 5, 2018  |  David Raths
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Michael Hanak, M.D., associate chief medical informatics officer at Rush University in Chicago, described the social determinants of health screening implementation at Rush.

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts

July 5, 2018  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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As part of Healthcare Informatics 100 questionnaire, vendors were asked to estimate the percentage of revenue earned in each of their product segments sold. Inside, we reveal the top 5 companies by revenue within seven different categories.

Cleveland Clinic Patients Can Now Access Data via Apple Health Records

July 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Patients at Cleveland Clinic now have a new way to access their personal health data, using the Apple Health Records on iPhone feature, the healthcare organization recently announced.

Vanderbilt Engineers Work on Blockchain Project for Improved Data Sharing

July 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Engineers at the Nashville-based Vanderbilt University attest that they have successfully developed and validated the feasibility of blockchain-based technologies for secure and confidential sharing of patient medical records.

Meditech Customer Deploys CommonWell Services Based on FHIR Specs

June 29, 2018  |  David Raths
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Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, Ohio, which uses Meditech’s EHR platform, is applying the Argonaut Project's FHIR specifications to customers for the purpose of document exchange.

Michigan Behavioral Health Provider Goes Live on Epic with Eyes on Care Coordination

June 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based behavioral health provider, has became the first free standing behavioral health system to implement Epic’s electronic health record (EHR).

VA Plans Cerner EHR Go-Live at Three Sites by 2020; Lawmakers Call for Close Project Oversight

June 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to begin deployment of a new $16 billion EHR system at three sites in the Pacific Northwest—Spokane, Seattle and American Lakes, all in Washington—in October 2018 with a goal of full capability by March 2020.

Rule Roundup: Health IT Groups Respond to CMS’ Promoting Interoperability Proposal

June 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health IT associations have sent in their public comments on CMS' meaningful use rebranding proposed rule, with a key focus of the remarks centering around the government’s proposal to consider interoperability as a condition of Medicare participation.

PODCAST: Breaking Down the Healthcare Informatics 100; Was Jonathan Bush Forced Out?

June 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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ST Advisors executives analyze the 2018 Healthcare Informatics 100 and weigh in on the recent news surrounding athenahealth

GE to Spin Off Healthcare Unit as Separate Company

June 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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General Electric (GE) will spin off its healthcare unit and operate it as a separate company, senior executives announced today.

Self-Congratulation on HIE Advancement Would Be Premature at This Point

June 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Even as many healthcare IT leaders are helping to facilitate major advances in health information exchange, a recent phone call with a good friend confirms that very major gaps in HIE remain, at the most basic levels

Poor Data Sharing Leads to Delays in Care, Global Survey Finds

June 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare providers are struggling to use the patient data that is available to them to deliver a better standard of care, and over half of consumers in a recent survey said they have experienced delays in care due to poor data sharing between healthcare...

CMS Introduces Data Element Library

June 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the launch of its Data Element Library (DEL), with the overarching goal to support the exchange of electronic health information.

CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference

June 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host the first Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the General Services Administration national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

CEO and CIO Priorities for Tech-Enabled Healthcare

June 21, 2018  |  Jason Fortin, Impact Advisors
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During the recent 2018 Scottsdale Institute Annual Conference, a group of 22 CIOs from leading health-delivery organizations across the country gathered to discuss their CEOs’ top IT-related priorities. From that discussion, five key themes emerged.

MedStar Health Awarded Grant to Pilot Apps for Patient-Reported Outcome Data

June 21, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A team of researchers from Maryland-based MedStar Health has been awarded an 18-month contract from AHRQ to support the development and testing of technical tools and apps that can be used to collect patient-reported outcome data.

Blockchain-Supported Health Record Platform Launched in U.K.

June 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Guardtime, an Amsterdam-based software security company, has launched a blockchain-supported personal care record platform.

In Arizona, the Ambition of “True Care Coordination” is Being Realized

June 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Phoenix-based Equality Health was formed with the goal to look at addressing healthcare outcomes disparities through the lens of culture. A population health management platform is helping to accomplish that.

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