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Walgreens, Microsoft Ink Strategic Deal to “Transform Healthcare Delivery”

January 15, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are joining forces on a major seven-year healthcare partnership that will aim to make healthcare delivery more personal, affordable and accessible.

NorthShore to Lead “Largest Primary Care-Based Genomics Program in U.S.”

January 14, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
The Chicago-based NorthShore University HealthSystem and genomics technology company Color are partnering on a new initiative that will aim to deliver the power of genomics to routine primary care at population scale.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Detect Early Heart Disease, Mayo Researchers Find

January 8, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
A new Mayo Clinic study has found that applying artificial intelligence (AI) to an electrocardiogram (EKG) test results in an easy early indicator of asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction, which is a precursor to heart failure.

AMIA Advises CDC to Start with Limited Pilot for Health IT Testing in the Field

January 8, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to initially use a limited scope for testing health IT in the field to ensure the future success of the CDC’s National Test Collaborative (NTC).

GE Healthcare, Vanderbilt Working on AI-Powered Cancer Immunotherapies

January 7, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and GE Healthcare, based in Chicago, have formed a five-year partnership to apply artificial intelligence (AI)-powered applications to develop more precise cancer immunotherapies for patients.

HHS Pain Management Task Force Recommends Improvements to PDMPs

January 2, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
A HHS pain task force issued a draft report addressing best practices for pain management, and the recommendations include leveraging innovative solutions to pain management such as telemedicine as well improving prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

The Internet of Medical Things: Better Patient Care and Improved Clinical Management

December 27, 2018  |  Mark Wolff, Ph.D., Industry Voice, Chief Health Analytics Strategist, SAS Global IoT Division
The potential for a healthcare Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is huge. IoMT paves the way for a huge leap forward in patient care. What does IoMT in healthcare look like today and in the future?

How AI is Stopping Drug Diversion and Saving Healthcare Workers’ Lives

December 26, 2018  |  Robert Lord, Industry Voice, President and Co-founder, Protenus
By understanding the historical data of drug transactions associated employee behavior, AI can learn when care providers are giving patients the pain relief they need and when they are taking extra for themselves.

Have CIOs’ Top Priorities for 2018 Become a Reality?

December 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
In comparing healthcare CIOs’ priorities at the end of 2017 to this current moment, new analysis has found that core clinical IT goals have shifted from focusing on EHR (electronic health record) integration to data analytics.

At UPMC, Turbo-Charging Quality Improvement Efforts through Data Analytics

December 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At UPMC in Pittsburgh, Dr. Oscar Marroquin is leading a team of data analysts whose work is facilitating efforts to improve outcomes around readmissions and other important areas

Report: Massachusetts General Hospital Targeting Various Blockchain Use Cases

December 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers are partnering with MediBloc, a Korean healthcare blockchain company, with the aim to improve patient data sharing and storing, according to an article in CoinDesk.

Intermountain CMIO Stan Huff on the Need for Greater Interoperability: “We’re Killing Too Many People”

December 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Longtime Intermountain CMIO Stan Huff, M.D., recently chatted with Healthcare Informatics about all things interoperability, including the different types of data exchange that exist today, the greatest barriers, and pending regulations.

What Do Healthcare Delivery Innovation and the Product Barcode Have in Common? More Than You Might Think

December 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Our Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program is open for submissions—with a world of possibilities for innovative teams across the industry

Amazon Launches Machine Learning Initiative to Mine Data from EHRs

November 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Continuing its aggressive push into healthcare, Amazon announced this week that it’s launching a machine learning service that will aim to mine data from electronic health records (EHRs).

RSNA 2018: Imaging’s Resurgence?

November 29, 2018  |  Joe Marion
The latest buzz from the 2018 RSNA is all about Artificial Intelligence, as interest grows in terms of imaging informatics' role in healthcare IT

HHS Issues Comprehensive Draft Report with Eyes on Reducing Health IT Burden

November 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
HHS has issued a federal draft strategy designed to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by technology such as electronic health records.

5 Lessons Learned Implementing SMART on FHIR at Intermountain

November 26, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
During a recent eHealth Initiative webinar, Laura Heerman Langford, Ph.D., R.N., a nurse informaticist, detailed some lessons learned implementing Smart on FHIR apps at Intermountain Healthcare.

ECRI’s Guidelines Trust Goes Live

November 20, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit patient safety organization, has now launched the ECRI Guidelines Trust, a portal to expertly vetted, evidence-based guideline briefs and scorecards.

EHR Usability Issues Impact Pediatric Patient Safety, Research Finds

November 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
In an analysis of 9,000 pediatric patient safety reports from three healthcare organizations, researchers found that 36 percent of the reports were related to EHR usability issues.

At the Beverly Hills HIT Summit, APG’s Crane Offers a Vision of the Future of Medical Care

November 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of physician groups involved in risk-based contracting, offered HIT Summit attendees a vision of a coordinated care-based future

Working Group Seeks Widespread Clinical Decision Support Implementation for Opioid Care by 2021

October 24, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
An Opioid Action Plan developed by a working group of the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support (PCCDS) Learning Network has set an ambitious goal of delivering PCCDS interventions that improve pain management and opioid use outcomes for 2 million...

Head of IBM Watson Health Steps Down, STAT Reports

October 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
The head of IBM Watson Health, Deborah DiSanzo, is leaving her role, STAT News reported late last week.

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

October 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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.

Survey: Half of Providers Use Multiple CDS Solutions, Use Varies by Provider

October 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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...

Bringing Genetics to the Forefront of Primary Care

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

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

October 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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

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

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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.

Making Precision Medicine a Reality at Cleveland’s University Hospitals

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

At Partners HealthCare, Bringing Digital Transformation to Clinical Care

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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.

Physician Groups Ask Congress to Curtail Appropriate Use Criteria Law

September 13, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
Although implementation of a law to require clinical decision support (CDS) use involving diagnostic imaging orders was pushed back from 2018 to 2020, medical organizations are asking Congress to consider modifications to reduce the burden on clinicians.


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