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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, a Pragmatic Look at the Complexities in Leveraging Data Analytics

June 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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On Tuesday at the Health IT Summit in Nashville, attendees were offered a very vigorous discussion of the opportunities and challenges around the leveraging of data analytics in patient care organizations

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the...

Michigan Plans to Link State PDMP with Provider EHRs

June 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The State of Michigan is directly adding the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) into the electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy management systems of hospitals, physician groups and pharmacies across the state.

Does the eClinicalWorks Settlement Shine a Light on Patient Safety, Interoperability Issues?

June 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
Some health IT leaders contend that the False Claims Act lawsuit settlement with eClinicalWorks shines a spotlight on the lack of interoperability and the need for a stronger focus on health IT-related patient safety. What are the potential policy implications?

Pew Calls on Congress to Ensure Proper Funding for ONC

June 9, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ manager of health IT has written a letter to lawmakers urging them to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ 2018 funding not be cut as outlined in President Trump’s recent budget proposal.

Healthcare Cybersecurity, and HHS Response to WannaCry Ransomware, Focus of House Subcommittee Hearing

June 8, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday, HHS leaders shared lessons learned from the department's response to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack and recognized that many organizations are in dire need of cybersecurity resources.

Surescripts Touts Interoperability Success in 2016 Progress Report

June 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Surescripts released its 2016 National Progress Report today, June 7, which revealed that 10.9 billion secure health transactions took place in 2016 via its network—a 12 percent increase from 2015—including 1.6 billion e-prescriptions.

HHS Task Force Report: Healthcare Cybersecurity is in Critical Condition

June 5, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, which was formed last year following passage of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, issued its final report to Congress June 2 with a number of recommendations to improve...

Study: Clinicians Copy and Paste About Half of Text in EHR Progress Notes

June 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A University of California San Francisco Medical Center study found that about 80 percent of the text in a typical progress note is copied or imported by clinicians.

Former ONC Coordinator Karen DeSalvo: A New World is Emerging with Consumer-Mediated Data Exchange

May 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
During a Bipartisan Policy Center event Tuesday, several health IT policy experts shared their thoughts on the role of government and the private sector in improving IT’s role in providing safer care as well as industry progress on interoperability.

Bipartisan Policy Center Issues Health IT Safety Recommendations

May 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
In order to advance health IT safety, healthcare industry stakeholders need to launch a coordinated effort, supported by public and private sector funding, to set health It safety priorities, drawing upon existing reporting and analysis efforts, according to a...

Report: Clinical, IT Leaders Need to Increase Collaboration on IT Investments

May 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A HIMSS Analytics and Vocera survey report examines the collaboration between clinical and IT leaders on clinical IT investments and also has some interesting findings on the extent that clinical IT contributes to care team, and IT team, burnout.

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