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Study: AI Falls Short When Analyzing Data Across Multiple Health Systems

November 7, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Researchers studied whether deep learning models trained to detect pneumonia on chest X-rays from one hospital or one group of hospitals will work equally well at different hospitals.

Study Shows Rise in Physician Burnout, Female Doctors Report Higher Levels of Dissatisfaction

October 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians say the challenges of practicing medicine in today’s environment have caused them to consider career options outside of clinical practice, an 11 percent increase compared to a similar survey three years ago.

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

Healthcare Leaders on Unlocking the Value of Disruption: “Digital Innovation Needs to be a Strategic Priority”

October 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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AT the FT Digital Health Summit, a panel of healthcare leaders discussed how to unlock the value of disruption and the role digital technology can play in achieving value-based care.

Nemours Children’s Health’s New CEO: “The Most Exciting Time in Healthcare”

October 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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R. Lawrence Moss, M.D., who joined Nemours Children’s Health as CEO on Oct. 1, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing children’s hospitals and healthcare in the current environment

On the Road to Risk, Summit Medical Group is Driving in the Fast Lane

October 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In a recent interview with Healthcare Informatics, Jeffrey Le Benger, M.D., outlined the progress and evolution of his organization and how it’s continuing to plunge ahead into the world of risk and value-based care.

Two N.Y. Regional HIEs Partner to Enhance Technology, Services

October 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two New York regional health information exchanges, HealthlinkNY and HealtheConnections, have formed a strategic partnership aimed at accelerating HIE use by providers.

With $6.3M PCORI Contract, UPMC Health Plan to Study Tech-Based Approach to Chronic Disease

September 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care was recently awarded a $6.3 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study different care delivery models to improve outcomes for patients with chronic disease and a co-existing...

One New York Regional HIE Opposes Expansion of Another, Highlighting Issues with Competition Among HIEs

September 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A New York regional HIE, HealthlinkNY, has publicly come out against another regional HIE’s plans to expand its services into HealthlinkNY’s market, saying it creates “confusion and uncertainty” in the marketplace.

Is the Discourse Over the MSSP Program Teetering Towards Potential Conflict?

September 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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The joint statement by nine associations challenging CMS Administrator Seema Verma around her plans to insert more rigor into the MSSP program, feels like a teeter-totter moment for CMS

How BI Tools Are Helping Jefferson Health Battle the Opioid Crisis

September 21, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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With guidance from their chief medical officer, the business intelligence team at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia has created dashboards highlighting potential opioid prescribing issues.

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.

The CEO of a Nationwide Association of MD Groups Sees the Future—and It’s Not in Fee-For-Service

September 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of medical groups working in risk-based contracting, shares his perspectives on the future of medical groups in a shifting landscape

Regional New York HIE, Hixny, Adds Nine Counties to Its Territory

September 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Hixny, a regional health information exchange (HIE) based in Albany, has added nine counties to its territory, committing a significant amount of funding over the next 18 months to connect local providers.

On Staten Island, a Highly Innovative Program That's Redefining What’s Possible Under Medicaid

September 17, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Healthcare leaders on New York City's Staten Island have been achieving exciting success in population health management in their community’s Medicaid and uninsured populations

Portal Makes Genomic, Clinical Data Resources Available to Pediatric Health Researchers, Families

September 13, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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A new data resource portal at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) offers researchers, clinicians and families access to open-source and cloud-based data resources to share information about childhood diseases, including pediatric cancer and birth...

Check and Checkmate: Is the Debate Around the MSSP ACO Program About to Get Super-Heated?

September 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The publication this week in Health Affairs of a study sponsored by NAACOS that implicitly denounces CMS’s method for calculating the success of MSSP ACOs, is a fascinating move in a chess game playing out on multiple policy levels

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.

New Jersey Health Information Network Adds Camden Coalition HIE

September 6, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The health information exchange of New Jersey’s Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is the latest to join the statewide effort, the New Jersey Health Information Network.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Markets and Medicine—Where Do Physicians Land, in the Emerging World of U.S. Healthcare?

September 5, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Even as the purchasers and payers of healthcare push hard on physicians to embrace value-based care delivery and payment, doctors remain conflicted and ambivalent about the new healthcare.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: In the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis, Providers are Turning to Technology

August 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Healthcare organizations are using health IT tools, including an emerging market of digital health solutions, to address opioid abuse, addiction and overdoses.

Seema Verma’s Big Picture: Tough Love, ACO Acceleration, Interoperability, and Consumer Empowerment?

August 29, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Will CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s strategy of pushing hard on providers around ACO development and interoperability help to accelerate the shift to value-based healthcare—or will it backfire?

Facebook, NYU Collaborating on the Use of AI to Improve MRIs

August 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Facebook and NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology are collaborating on a research project to investigate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans up to 10 times faster.

Assessing CMS’s Risky Move on Risk: Has Seema Verma Pushed MSSP ACOs Into Uncharted Territory?

August 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Will Seema Verma’s August 9 announcement of CMS’s new “Pathways to Success” proposal light a fire under the MSSP ACOs, or will it cause provider organizations to flee? CMS officials are taking a risky gamble—with no clear outcome

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.

Direct Exchange Transactions Increased 26 Percent in Q2 2018

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Use of Direct messages to transmit health information continues to grow steadily, according to DirectTrust, as there were 50.5 million Direct exchange transactions in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 26 percent over the same period last year.

Virginia Launches Program to Connect All EDs Across the State

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The state of Virginia launched the Virginia Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program, a single, statewide technology solution connecting all hospital emergency departments in the Commonwealth.

Healthcare IT M&A Activity Increases 23 Percent in 1H 2018

July 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the healthcare IT industry rose during the first half this year, with volume increasing 23 percent, from 101 deals in the second half of 2017 to 124 deals so far in 2018, according to investment banking firm Berkery...

Pondering the Psychology of Incentives in Bundled-Payment Contracts

July 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare policy researchers, in an op-ed piece in the Health Affairs Blog, ponder the differences between prospectively and retrospectively based bundled payment incentives to providers—at a moment of early experimentation

In Virginia, Centra Health Surges Ahead in its IT-Based Push to Value

July 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Two of the health system’s executive leaders recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about Centra Health’s value-based care journey and how IT is playing a key role.

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