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Yale Integrates EHR with Connecticut’s Prescription Monitoring System

September 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have launched a partnership with the State of Connecticut and Appriss Health, a Louisville, KY-based technology vendor, to use health IT tools to better identify, prevent and manage substance use disorder.

FDA Releases Final Guidance for Medical Device Interoperability

September 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released on Wednesday final guidance as recommendations for medical device manufacturers on how to include interoperability in the design and development of devices.

National HIE Leader Deb Bass Shares her Perspectives on HIEs’ Opportunity in this Moment

September 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Deb Bass, CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), shared insights on the opportunities (and challenges) facing health information exchanges in the present moment in U.S. healthcare

Without Transformational Investments in Data Security, Healthcare Will Continue to be Vulnerable

August 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Ongoing data breaches should be a call-to-action for healthcare organizations to increase data security, but many cybersecurity experts contend that call-to-action may be falling on deaf ears at the senior leadership and board level at patient care organizations.

Pew Charitable Trust Urges VA to Prioritize Interoperability, Patient Safety

August 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs to prioritize the interoperable exchange of health data and improved patient safety as it transitions from its VistA electronic health record (EHR) system to a commercial-off-the-shelf EHR system provided by Cerner.

Could Cybercriminals Be on the Verge of Executing a New, Terrible Type of Attack on Healthcare?

July 31, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A team of writers, in a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” op-ed, articulates the dangerous potential ahead for a truly unprecedented type of attack on patient care organizations—the possibility of direct manipulations of patient data

Charleston Area Medical Center’s Patient Education-Fueled Readmissions Breakthrough

July 15, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Charleston Area Medical Center, clinical and administrative leaders have leveraged their patient education program to make serious inroads in readmissions reduction in important chronic disease areas, including CHF and COPD

Survey: Following eClinicalWorks Settlement, Some Providers Losing Confidence in EHR Vendors

July 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the wake of the recent eClinicalWorks $155 settlement, most healthcare professionals said they are extremely unlikely to consider partnering with the vendor in the future, and some, more broadly, are losing confidence in other EHR vendors.

Health IT Now Urges FDA to Leverage PDMPs to Combat Opioid Crisis

July 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Health IT Now is urging the FDA to leverage health IT tools, in combination with physician education and training, to reduce instances of prescription drug and opioid abuse and...

Are Safety-Net Hospitals Being Unfairly Penalized by Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program?

July 12, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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An analysis by the Government Accountability Office finds concerning discrepancies between the stated goals of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program and its execution in practice, around the penalization of safety-net hospitals

The GAO Calls Out Problems It Sees in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

July 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In a report published at the end of June, the U.S. Government Accountability Office challenged HHS and CMS to improve the measurement methodology embedded in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

PA Health System, Health IT Vendor Affected by Global “Petya” Ransomware Attack

June 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Pennsylvania-based Heritage Valley Health Systems and Nuance Communications have confirmed their companies were victims of a global ransomware cyber attack, which some are referring to as the “Petya” ransomware virus, that hit multinational companies Tuesday.

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