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Assessing CMS’s Risky Move on Risk: Has Seema Verma Pushed MSSP ACOs Into Uncharted Territory?

August 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Will Seema Verma’s August 9 announcement of CMS’s new “Pathways to Success” proposal light a fire under the MSSP ACOs, or will it cause provider organizations to flee? CMS officials are taking a risky gamble—with no clear outcome

Michigan State Leaders Turn to Technology in their Fight Against Opioid Abuse

August 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An assessment was completed by the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Appriss Health—a Louisville, Ky.-based technology company—as part of Michigan’s strategy to prevent opioid abuse.

The Rocky Path to Value for Medicaid Programs—and HIT’s Key Role in Making It All Work

July 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Medical researchers share some insights on the broad range of challenges facing the pioneers attempting to move Medicaid towards value-based payment incentives, including around the key role that HIT and data analytics will play in success

Connection Between Alaska Hospitals and State PDMP Goes Live

July 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Hospitals across the State of Alaska now have access to state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) information at the point of care with the rollout of a statewide network deployed by Salt Lake City-based technology company Collective Medical.

UW-Madison Unveils Platform that Maps Neighborhood Disadvantages Impacting Health

June 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have developed an accessible, online, interactive map of more than 70 million Zip+4 zip codes so that users can find data on socio-economic factors at the neighborhood level.

At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Next-Door Neighbor Georgia Offers Lessons in Rural Telemedicine Advances

June 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Suleima Salgado of the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Georgia Department of Health shared with attendees insights on the advances her office has made in improving rural health via telemedicine

In Catalonia, Health IT Governance Rises Above the Political

June 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of the TICSalut Foundation, the government agency that manages healthcare IT management and development for the entire region of Catalonia in northeast Spain, are moving forward on a broad range of fronts

In Northern California, Leaders at One FQHC Leveraged Technology to Help a Community in Crisis

June 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In the midst of the October wildfires that ravaged Northern California communities, leaders at Petaluma Health Center leveraged technology tools to quickly communicate with patients and provide quality patient care throughout the crisis.

FDA Launches Medical Device Innovation Challenge to Combat Opioid Crisis

May 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The FDA announced this week that it is launching an innovation challenge to spur the development of medical devices, including digital health technologies and diagnostic tests, that could provide novel solutions to detecting, treating and preventing addiction,...

Emory Healthcare Creates Technology Innovation Hub

May 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare has partnered with digital health company Sharecare, also based in Atlanta, to launch a technology innovation hub with the aim of identifying unmet users need and developing, testing and implementing technology solutions to address...

Using Blockchain Technology to Create Positive Social Impact

May 16, 2018  |  Randall Minas
article
During the 2014 to 2016 Ebola outbreak, many doctors and nurses relied on the WHO and CDC. But imagine if the process of compiling epidemic statistics was simplified and provided real-time data accessible to all healthcare personnel?

POLITICO Discloses Pentagon Review of a Military EHR Implementation Described as “Devastating”

May 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
On Friday, the publication POLITICO published an article that reveals details of a Pentagon report on the progress of a DoD EHR project that experts who have seen it, say speaks to problems the VA will face with its own rollout going forward

Digital Health Innovators are Setting their Sights on Medicaid—Can the Private Sector Improve Healthcare?

May 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
commentary
Digital health innovators and entrepreneurs are setting their sights on the Medicaid market. Can private sector-led innovation significantly improve care for vulnerable and complex patients?

The Sequoia Project Developing Nationwide Health IT Disaster Response Platform

May 7, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
The Sequoia Project is developing a nationwide deployment plan for the health IT disaster response platform known as the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE).

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 the World Health Care Congress, HHS Secretary Alex Azar Maps Out His Agency’s Top Priorities for Industry Leaders

May 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
On Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress, HHS Secretary Alex Azar mapped out for attendees his strategic vision of where the U.S. healthcare system needs to go, and the role he sees for his agency in its transformation

House Subcommittee Advances Health IT Opioid Bills

April 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
The House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee on Wednesday passed a slate of bills aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, and many of the bills involved electronic health records (EHRs) and telemedicine. The bills will now go to the full committee...

A Rural Healthcare Report Examines Physician Shortage Issues in Nebraska

April 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
news
A new report on rural healthcare looks at the physician shortage in Nebraska, and some of the alternatives, around mid-level professionals, that are emerging in order to address that ongoing shortage

Connecting Healthcare with Food and Health: First Attempts Are Showing Real Promise

April 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
With health plans like Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and patient care organizations like Geisinger Health System, beginning to work on the issue of food insecurity, as it relates to diabetes, the possibilities of real convergence are many

Pennsylvania Ramping Up Connections to Public Health Gateway

April 11, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is ramping up a Public Health Gateway (PHG) that was created as a single point of entry for healthcare information organizations (HIOs) submitting data for provider organizations to dozens of applications in the Department of...

University of Minnesota Receives $42.6M for Clinical and Translational Research

April 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) received more than $42 million in renewed National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The five-year award enables clinical and translational researchers across the UMN System and...

Indiana Medical Leaders Launch Tech-Based Opioid Prescribing Education for Clinicians

April 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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To help curb Indiana’s opioid epidemic, state medical leaders are leveraging mobile technology to launch a medical education program focused on best practices for prescribing opioids and treating patients who suffer from pain.

Study: Researchers Use EHR Data to Predict Future Chronic Opioid Use

March 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are working to develop statistical models to better predict which patients will be prescribed opioid medications long-term following discharge from a hospital stay.

UK Health Physician Helps SAMHSA to Develop New Guidelines on Opioid Maintenance Therapies

March 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
news
A leader in the medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Lexington) has been involved in assisting a major federal healthcare research agency in developing new guidelines regarding the use of opioid maintenance therapies

A Legal Primer on Using Electronic Health Data for Public Health Purposes

March 13, 2018  |  David Raths
article
A new report from the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins University provides public health departments with a framework to allow them to request more real-time data from hospitals.

Nevada Population Health Project to Enroll Additional 40K Participants

March 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Launched in 2016, the Healthy Nevada Project is combining genetic, clinical, environmental and socioeconomic data to better understand the complex interplay between these factors and related effects on population health.

International Healthcare Leaders Share Perspectives on Common Challenges, Opportunities

March 9, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
At HIMSS18, international healthcare leaders shared the reality of vast commonalities in terms of the challenges facing healthcare systems around the world—and the potential for common strategies to address those challenges

Staten Island Healthcare Leaders Make Medicaid Redesign and Population Health Work

March 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
article
Healthcare leaders on Staten Island have achieved considerable success as they’ve participated in a Medicaid reform initiative, and turbocharged their population health efforts

International HIT Perspectives: In Spain, Healthcare IT Leaders Nurture Creativity—Out of Necessity

March 3, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare IT leaders in Spain continue to move forward along a number of dimensions, in a healthcare system that remains short on cash, but which facilitates advanced interoperability--and decades-long experience with population health

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