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EHR Usability Issues Impact Pediatric Patient Safety, Research Finds

November 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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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
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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

Time for Artificial Intelligence to Meet Healthcare Costs

October 29, 2018  |  Anil Patel, M.D., Industry Voice
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AI promises to process large amounts of data and make meaningful conclusions out of them, but one of the main barriers is cost.

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

October 24, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Designing Safe and Effective Digital Health Applications

September 10, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D. and Maulin Shah, M.D., Industry Voices
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Health IT is on the cusp of an “app revolution.” Careful attention to basic design principles combined with a methodical approach to screening and addressing issues can go a long way.

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.

Survey: CMIOs Cite Need for Better Technologies to Address High Drug Costs, Opioid Abuse

September 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Physician IT leaders believe that progress has been made to improve medication management, however, there is more work to be done to address gaps that could potentially impact patient safety, such as high drug costs and opioid abuse, according to a recent survey...

How to Choose Wisely: Researchers Confirm the Value of Clinical Decision Support

September 3, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A recent study by leaders at Cedars-Sinai and Optum provides nuanced insights into the complexity of clinical decision support—while affirming its advantages

Connecting Expectant Moms and Others with Trusted Content—and Gaining Patient Engagement

August 31, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Can the implementation of mobile health applications improve patient outcomes and enhance patient engagement? The leaders at South Shore Health System in Massachusetts say that it can

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: There’s Value in AI, but Where Is the Value Greatest?

August 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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We sought out to ask industry leaders what they were seeing and hearing about the AI supercomputer Watson, and how its performance has affected the broader artificial intelligence landscape.

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.

At Wake Forest Baptist Health, What the Mechanics of Clinical Transformation Look Like

August 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Chi Huang, M.D., executive medical director of general medicine, is helping to advance clinical transformation processes at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Study: Clinical Decision Support EHR Alerts Can Lower Health Costs, Complications

August 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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When physicians follow the recommendations of context-specific clinical decision support at the point of care, clinical and financial outcomes should improve, according to new research.

The Promise and Pitfalls of HIT in Pediatrics: What Boston Children’s Hospital Has Learned

August 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston Health IT Summit, one CIO reviews what lessons his pediatric organization has learned in health IT-related experiences.

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

July 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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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

Survey: More Effective IT Needed to Improve Patient Safety

July 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a Health Catalyst survey, physicians, nurses and healthcare executives said ineffective information technology, and the lack of real-time warnings for possible harm events, are key obstacles to achieving their organizations' patient safety goals.

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...

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.

Survey of AI Reveals Adoption Predictions, Fears

July 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A survey of 200 healthcare decision makers has revealed that while most industry professionals believe AI (artificial intelligence) will be beneficial, one third of respondents said they wouldn’t trust AI just in case it made a fatal error.

Can We Get to the Next Level When It Comes to Quality Measures for the Care of Patients with Complex Needs?

June 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A commentary posted online on Tuesday on the Health Affairs website makes important points about the landscape around the measurement of quality in the context of care for patients with complex needs

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.

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