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

August 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
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
article
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
news
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
commentary
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.

HSX, Food Alliance Partnership Extends Data-Sharing to Food, Nutrition

July 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Philadelphia-based Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) has become a participating member of HealthShare Exchange (HSX), which enables the food alliance to receive important medical updates from HSX on its clients.

Mount Sinai Launches Center for Biomedical Blockchain Research

July 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare have launched the Center for Biomedical Blockchain Research to focus on potential uses for blockchain technology to solve problems in health care and medical science.

A Leading CHIO Discusses the VA’s Progress on Health IT Innovation

July 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Francine Sandrow, M.D., chief health information officer at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, details how the VHA is leveraging health IT to change the way patients experience medical care and to improve health outcomes.

Nemours Children’s Health: Deploying Technology to Meet Consumers Where They Are

July 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the Health IT Summit in Denver on July 13, Gina Altieri of the Nemours Children’s Health System delivered a presentation on her organization’s bold journey around leveraging technology to meet healthcare consumers where they are

Geisinger, AstraZeneca Partner on Asthma App Suite

July 19, 2018  |  David Raths
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Geisinger has partnered with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to create a suite of products that integrate into the electronic health record and engage asthma patients and their providers in co-managing the disease.

Could Last Week’s Proposed-Rule Release Represent an Inflection Point for CMS and for Value-Based Federal Payment?

July 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
CMS’s release of a proposed rule that will impact a range of issues, from physician payment to quality measures, has unleashed a range of reactions from industry leaders—could this prove to be an inflection point?

Analysis: Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline in First Half of 2018

July 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In the first half of 2018, ransomware events in major healthcare data breaches diminished substantially compared to the same time period last year, as cyber attackers move on to more profitable activities, such as cryptojacking, according to a new report form...

Geisinger Launches Wide-Scale DNA Screening Program

July 10, 2018  |  David Raths
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Geisinger patients will be routinely screened to see if they have any gene variations linked to certain diseases.

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.

EXL Finalizes Acquisition of SCIO Analytics

July 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Expanding its footprint in healthcare analytics, New York-based EXL Service Holdings, Inc. has finalized the acquisition of SCIOInspire Holdings, a West Hartford, Conn.-based healthcare analytics solution company, doing business as SCIO Health Analytics.

Geisinger Becomes the Latest to Join AVIA Innovator Network

June 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Geisinger, the Danville, Pa.-based health system, has become the latest member of the AVIA Innovator Network, a network of health systems working together to innovate and transform.

Multi-Sector Health Transformation Partnerships Rely on Data Sharing, Analytics to Measure Progress

June 28, 2018  |  David Raths
article
The June 17 shooting at a Trenton, N.J., Arts All Night event that injured 22 people, 17 of them by gunfire, was a tragic reminder of the challenges the city faces and of the importance of multi-sector efforts to solve societal and public health problems.

Data Breach at Health Billing Company Exposes PHI of 270,000 People

June 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A healthcare data breach at Med Associates, a Lathan, N.Y.-based health billing company, that may have exposed the protected health information (PHI) of 270,000 people, according to local media reports.

NJ Hospital Association Invests in Opioid Tracking Tool for Hospitals

June 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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As opioid overdoses continue to claim more lives, the New Jersey Hospital Association and its Health Research and Educational Trust announced a $1.5 million investment in an emergency department tracking tool for hospitals statewide to better monitor opioid...

Researchers Find a Bundle of Complications Around Bundled Payment Outcomes

June 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
An article published in the current issue of Health Affairs uncovers some of the complexities of mandatory and voluntary bundled payment programs, and some of the implications for their policy and payment future

Geisinger CEO Will Not Join Amazon/Berkshire/JP Morgan Chase Healthcare Initiative

June 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Despite initial discussions about his possibly joining the new Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan Chase healthcare venture, David Feinberg, M.D. stated definitively on Jan. 30 that he will remain CEO of Geisinger Health System

How Geisinger Created a Patient-Facing Genomic Test Report in Its Patient Portal

June 7, 2018  |  David Raths
article
Geisinger Health has created a patient-facing genomic test report within its Epic EHR ecosystem. Healthcare Informatics interviewed Marc Williams, M.D., director of its Genomic Medicine Institute, about the deployment.

In Connecticut, Hartford Health is Ahead of the E-Prescribing Curve

May 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Connecticut has joined just a handful of states that have passed electronic prescribing mandates. Hartford Health’s CMIO discusses the process in having to meet the requirement and the results that have been gained.

Is It Time to Totally Rethink the Concept of Patient Engagement?

May 30, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
It was fascinating to listen to Dr. Katherine Schneider’s keynote presentation in Philadelphia, “Patient Engagement Is Not an App”—and to ponder the implicit challenge she posed to her audience

The CEO of a Philadelphia ACO Shares Her Perspectives on the Path Forward for Patient Engagement

May 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
Speaking on the subject “Patient Engagement Is Not an App,” Katherine Schneider, M.D., CEO of the Delaware Valley ACO, shared with Health IT Summit in Philadelphia attendees, wisdom on the challenging journey into patient engagement

At the Philadelphia HIT Summit, One Healthcare Leader Parses the Current State of Payer-Provider Convergence

May 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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As the healthcare industry makes steady progress to value-based care models, one healthcare thought leader sees the commercial payer market playing a larger role, going forward, in pushing provider organizations into value-based care arrangements.

At the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia, Industry Experts Agree: Blockchain Is in its Infancy in Healthcare

May 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A robust discussion was held at the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday, with industry experts parsing the challenges and potential of blockchain—including its lack of data security

Geisinger National Precision Health Hires Illumina Exec to Lead Business Development

May 22, 2018  |  David Raths
news
Integrated health system Geisinger has hired a high-profile genetic counselor to head up business development for Geisinger National Precision Health, which was created to extend the Geisinger model on the national scene.

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