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Vanderbilt Announces Health IT Leadership Transition

November 6, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center HealthIT has announced a change of leadership. In January 2019 Neal Patel, M.D., M.P.H., who has been VUMC’s chief health information officer, will succeed Kevin Johnson, M.D., M.S., as HealthIT leader.

In Northern Virginia, Rethinking ACO Strategies—For PCPs and Specialists

October 30, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Tricia Nguyen, M.D., a senior executive at the Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System shares her perspectives on what she and her colleagues are learning about some of the underlying challenges in ACO work

MUSC Telehealth Leaders Share Their Roadmap to Success

October 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three key telehealth leaders at the Medical University of South Carolina share lessons learned in building a robust program of telehealth services to serve patients across the state.

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, a Health Plan Executive Points to the Future of Value-Based Care

October 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Speaking at the HIT Summit in Raleigh last month, Humana’s Ben Lunsford offered attendees insights into the future of value-based healthcare, and his health plan’s future intentions

At the Raleigh HIT Summit, Mission Health’s CQO Shares About the Quality Journey

October 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, Mission Health CQO Chris DeRienzo, M.D. discussed the challenges—and the accomplishments—in his organization’s continuous performance improvement journey

Aspire Health Suffers Email Breach from Phishing Attack

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Aspire Health, a Nashville-based in-home healthcare provider, was hacked Sept. 3 as a result of a phishing attack and “lost” some protected health information (PHI), according to a report by the Tennessean.com.

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.

The First 3 Things ACOs Should Do with Their Data

August 28, 2018  |  Aaron Elias, Industry Voice
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New ACOs are inundated with many activities, from strategic decisions to technical requirements, but managing and using data should also rank highly on one's list of priorities.

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.

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.

In Nashville, a Candid Discussion of the Potential for Blockchain in Healthcare

July 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville at the end of June, experts and innovators parsed the potential for the adoption of blockchain technologies in U.S. healthcare—and the challenges and obstacles involved

Unpacking the Gains in HCA Healthcare’s HIT Governance Evolution

July 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Karen Thompson and Dr. Edmund Jackson of HCA Healthcare shared with attendees the learnings that have been gleaned so far in their organization’s progressive health IT project governance and prioritization model

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.

At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Next-Door Neighbor Georgia Offers Lessons in Rural Telemedicine Advances

June 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Suleima Salgado of the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Georgia Department of Health shared with attendees insights on the advances her office has made in improving rural health via telemedicine

In Nashville, a History of Collaboration is Spurring Healthcare Innovation at an Accelerated Pace

June 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Nashville has a legacy of healthcare leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, and the city is in the midst of a venture capital boom, with healthcare IT leading this surge in investment.

Cumberland Consulting Buys LinkEHR, Provider of Epic Help Desk Services

May 21, 2018  |  David Raths
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Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting and services firm, has acquired LinkEHR, which provides remote application support, including Epic help desk services.

For One North Carolina ACO, a Social Determinants-Driven Strategy is Reaping Results

May 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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At Mission Health Partners, an Asheville, North Carolina-based Medicare ACO, a unique care coordination approach, focused on addressing the social and environmental issues underlying patients' health problems, has proven successful.

NIH Awards $10M to Alabama-based Newborn Genome Sequencing Project

April 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a four-year, $10 million grant to HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a Huntsville, Ala.-based genomics and genetics research institute, in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)...

UNC Health Care Receives HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Designation

April 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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UNC Health Care, an integrated health care system based in Chapel Hill, N.C., has achieved Stage 7 designation on the HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

Jonathan Bush Talks HIT Innovation at Nashville Health Care Council Event

April 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a recent Nashville Health Care Council event, athenahealth president and CEO Jonathan Bush discussed the affect that the region has on healthcare innovation, while also touching on the role of government in health IT.

St. Jude Launches Cloud-Based Genomics Data Platform for Researchers

April 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced this week the launch of St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides researchers access to what St. Jude describes as the world's largest public repository of pediatric...

In the Southern U.S., Alabama Leaders Look to Evolve HIT Efforts

April 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In his first year as full-time CIO at Children’s of Alabama, Bob Sarnecki will look to re-energize the IT department and get the organization prepared for next century of healthcare challenges within the region.

VUMC Launches Precision Medicine Subsidiary, Nashville Biosciences

April 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Officials with Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have launched a subsidiary to house the organization’s genomic and bioinformatics resources to advance drug and diagnostics discovery and development.

With the Walmart-Humana Revelation, a Cresting Wave of Disruptive Developments in U.S. Healthcare?

April 1, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The media reports about a potential Walmart purchase of Humana, coming on top of the CVS-Aetna merger announcement and the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan Chase announcement, should put provider leaders on alert

UK Health Physician Helps SAMHSA to Develop New Guidelines on Opioid Maintenance Therapies

March 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A leader in the medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Lexington) has been involved in assisting a major federal healthcare research agency in developing new guidelines regarding the use of opioid maintenance therapies

Nashville Health Tech Leaders Discuss Data Analyzation at Local Event

March 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a recent panel discussion on the future of healthcare, Jonathan Perlin, M.D., chief medical officer at Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, emphasized that learning from and analyzing medical data will be critical to improving patient outcomes.

AHA, Duke Clinical Research Institute Team Up on AI, Precision Medicine Initiative

March 10, 2018  |  David Raths
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The American Heart Association's Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine and the Duke Clinical Research Institute's data science team will develop and test machine learning methods.

Duke Health First to Achieve HIMSS Stage 7 Rating in Analytics

February 23, 2018  |  David Raths
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North Carolina-based Duke Health has become the first U.S. healthcare institution to be awarded the highest honor for analytic capabilities by HIMSS Analytics.

Rethinking the Multi-Institution Clinical Data Repository

February 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The evolution in approach at Health Sciences South Carolina may signal a sea change in how large clinical data repositories work.

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winning Team—St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

February 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Clinical, pharmacy and informatics leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital led a strategic effort to improve patient quality and safety practices by establishing interoperability between the EHR and IV infusion pumps to reduce medication errors.

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