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Research: Physician Burnout is a Public Health Crisis; Improving EHR Usability is Critical

January 18, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
Physician burnout is a public health crisis and addressing the problem requires improving electronic health record (EHR) standards with a strong focus on usability and open application programming interfaces (APIs), according to a new report from leading...

HL7 Model Identifies Clinical Genomics Workflows, Use Cases

January 16, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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HL7’s Clinical Genomics Work Group has published an HL7 Domain Analysis Model (DAM) to identify common workflows and use cases to facilitate scalable and interoperable data standards for the breadth of clinical genomics scenarios.

“Revolutionizing” Healthcare: How Non-Traditional Players are Shaking Up the Sector

January 15, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Could consolidation and contentment among major healthcare stakeholders—both on the provider and vendor fronts—open the door for new disruptors with innovative solutions?

ONC Report: Health IT Progress Stifled by Technical, Financial Barriers

January 15, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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While progress has been made in the adoption of health IT across the U.S. healthcare industry, significant interoperability hurdles remain, including technical, financial and trust barriers, according to a report from ONC.

UC San Diego Health Publishes Early Research on Apple Health Records Feature

January 14, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
The first research on Apple’s Health Records initiative has been released and the research findings indicate that patients are generally satisfied with the app’s ease-of-use and feel that it improves their understanding of their health.

Should Apple Join the Amazon/Berkshire/JPMorgan Joint Healthcare Venture?

January 10, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Apple should get involved with the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase & Co joint healthcare venture that the companies announced last year, said Jim Cramer.

Health IT Predictions for 2019

January 4, 2019  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
commentary
It’s January and that means it is time to brush the dust off of my crystal ball and make some predictions about health IT for the upcoming year.

HL7 Publishes Release 4 of FHIR Standard

January 3, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Standards organization Health Level Seven (HL7) has published Release 4 of its Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard, marking the first release with normative content.

Change Healthcare Continues Blockchain Push with Acquisition of PokitDok

December 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
news
In a move that further strengthens its belief in blockchain technology for healthcare, the Nashville-based Change Healthcare has acquired key assets from PokitDok.

Rasu Shrestha Leaving UPMC to Join Atrium Health as Chief Strategy Officer

December 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
Industry thought leader Rasu Shrestha, M.D., formerly Chief Innovation Officer at the vast 40-hospital UPMC, is leaving Pittsburgh to join Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health has the new executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

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

December 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
article
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.

How One Community Hospital is Leveraging AI to Bolster Its Care Pathways Process

December 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
article
Flagler Hospital physician IT leaders are leveraging an AI platform to develop care pathways for acute and non-acute conditions and are seeing measurable improvements in patient outcomes, while lowering costs.

5 Lessons Learned Implementing SMART on FHIR at Intermountain

November 26, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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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.

Epic Lowers App Orchard Program Fees, Introduces New Low-Cost Tier

November 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
Verona, Wis.-based Epic plans to lower program fees for health IT developers participating in its App Orchard program, and will launch a new entry-level program tier, called Nursery.

HIT Policy Winds Get Stronger as CMS, ONC Regulations Set to Drop Any Day

November 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
article
The calendar has now turned to November as health IT stakeholders continue to anxiously await regulations from federal health agencies, some of which are sure to come in the next 60 days.

Carequality Seeks Input on FHIR-Based Exchange

October 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
news
Carequality is seeking input from the healthcare community as it looks to add support for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource)-based exchange.

New ONC Analysis Reveals Progress on FHIR Adoption, Implementation

October 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
news
Adoption and implementation of the HL7 FHIR standard in health IT is steadily progressing, according to a commentary post from ONC leaders.

ONC Announces Recipients of Two Health IT Awards

September 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
news
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced awards to two awardees under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT opportunity.

With Apple’s Launch of an ECG Device, Digital Health Leaders, Cardiologists See Possibilities, and Limitations

September 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
article
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.

At Partners HealthCare, Bringing Digital Transformation to Clinical Care

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
article
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.

EHR-Compatible Pharmacist Care Plan Standard Opens the Door to Cross-Setting Data Exchange

September 14, 2018  |  Zabrina Gonzaga, R.N., Industry Voice
article
To address the issue of trapped pharmacy data, Lantana Consulting Group and Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) developed an electronic document standard for pharmacist care plans.

Apple Unveils Electrocardiogram App as Part of New Series 4 Apple Watch

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
news
In a move that signals Apple’s ongoing push into digital health, the technology company announced today during its annual fall product event in Cupertino, California that its new Series 4 Apple Watch includes an electrocardiogram function as well as fall...

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: An Open API Movement Seeks to Create App Ecosystem

August 30, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Regulators, health systems and innovators are working to bring an app ecosystem to healthcare, making the open API movement one of Healthcare Informatics’ Top Tech Trends to watch in 2018.

Announcing Next Gen ACO Results, CMS Administrator Verma Makes the Case for Moving ACOs to Two-Sided Risk

August 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
article
During a webinar, CMS Administrator Seema Verma touted the results of the Next Gen ACO model as evidence that ACOs succeed under two-sided risk as CMS proposes major changes to MSSP ACO program.

At the SHIEC Annual Conference, National Coordinator Rucker Offers a Cautious Opening Keynote

August 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
article
Donald Rucker, M.D., National Coordinator for health IT, offered attendees at the 2018 SHIEC Annual Conference a cautious overview of some of the current issues around interoperability, burden reduction, and TEFCA

Amazon, Google, IBM and Other Tech Giants Pledge to Remove Barriers to Interoperability

August 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Six of the world's biggest technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, IBM and Amazon, made a joint pledge at the White House Monday to remove interoperability barriers and to make progress on adoption of health data standards.

Will the Chief Digital Officer Role be Key to Healthcare’s Future?

August 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Leading hospitals and health systems are increasingly adding chief digital officers to their senior leadership teams. Hillary Ross, a senior partner with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, shares her thoughts on the growing importance of the CDO in healthcare.

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.

Value-Based Care Shift Has Halted, Study Finds

July 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
A new study of 451 physicians and health plan executives suggests that progress toward value-based care has stalled. In fact, it may have even taken a step backward over the past year, the research revealed.

Digital Health Investments on Track to Surpass 2017

July 6, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Digital health venture funding in the first half of 2018 totaled $3.4 billion, and if funding continues at this pace, 2018 will surpass 2017 for both dollars raised and number of investments, according to Rock Health’s mid-year report.

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