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At the HIT Summit in Minneapolis, an MD Informaticist’s Perspective on Clinical Transformation

June 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Karl Poterack, M.D. spoke at the Health IT Summit in Minneapolis about the role of clinical informatics in standardizing physician practice—and moving the needle forward on clinical performance improvement

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...

Rethinking Observation Stays and Readmissions: Experts Study the Issue

May 31, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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As medical researchers writing in The New England Journal of Medicine are documenting, shifting some patients from normal inpatient stays to observation stays, is turning out to be a far more complicated proposition than meets the eye

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.

Dr. Glenn Steele on the Path Forward Towards Care Delivery Transformation

May 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare Informatics caught up recently with Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who has been busy spreading the gospel of the Geisinger approach to healthcare delivery innovation, U.S. healthcare system-wide

CIOs Unaware of Patient Misidentification Problem, Survey Finds

May 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare CIOs rate patient matching among their highest priorities, but are still unaware of the magnitude of the patient matching problem—both within their own institutions and between partner organizations.

ONC Data Blocking Rule Pushed Back until September

May 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Originally expected to drop in April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has delayed its much-anticipated information blocking rule until September.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar Gives Industry Leaders a Map of the New Healthcare

May 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C., HHS Secretary Alex Azar offered attendees a conceptual map of the new healthcare, at least from the standpoint of federal healthcare policy

Study: Hospitals Aren’t Implementing EHR SAFER Recommendations

May 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Hospitals are not adhering to Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) recommendations, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

PCORI Grants $74 Million for Clinical Effectiveness Research Projects

May 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute board of governors has approved $74 million to fund nine new comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies.

At World Health Care Congress, CMS’s Seema Verma Promotes Patient Choice, Criticizes ACA Provisions

April 30, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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In an addresss at the World Health Care Congress, CMS Administrator Seema Verma shared her perspectives on healthcare costs, outlined her approach to regulatory reform, and strongly criticized the ACA

Geisinger’s Data-Driven Approach to Reducing Prescription Opioid Abuse

April 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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During a webinar sponsored by the CHIME Opioid Task Force, executive leaders at the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System outlined a multifaceted, data-driven initiative by health system leaders to address the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.

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