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The CEO of Indiana’s Statewide HIE Sees Complexity in the Push for Interoperability

October 10, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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John Kansky, president and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), offers his perspectives on the complex challenges ahead in achieving true interoperability in health information exchange

The Texas Hospital Association’s Bold Data Analytics Thrust

October 4, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at the Texas Hospital Association have been innovating around data analytics, supporting its advocacy leaders in communicating with state legislators, and also helping hospitals to improve their quality and cost outcomes

UHIN, Utah’s Statewide HIE, Pushes the Envelope on Interoperability

October 2, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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UHIN, the Utah Health Information Network, that Utah’s statewide HIE, is moving forward quickly to connect payers, providers, public health, and patients, across Utah and beyond—with documented results

In Raleigh, North Carolina’s HIE Moves Forward—under a State Government Mandate

September 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority, or NC HIEA, is advancing rapidly in its statewide HIE capabilities—with the rock-solid support of a state government mandate, and funding

HIE Leaders Crack the Code on Indispensability

September 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the SHIEC Conference in Indianapolis last week, all eyes were on the future, and a range of opportunities for health information exchanges to make themselves indispensable to payers, providers, and public health

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

At the SHIEC Conference, Payers and Social Service Providers Highlight Collaboration Plans with HIEs

September 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the SHIEC Annual Conference in Indianapolis this week, leaders of health plan and social service organizations agreed: HIEs can provide needed data to help both plans and social service providers to enhance community health status

CMS Announces Efforts to Help Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

September 1, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma has announced efforts that are underway to support Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey.

Healthcare Informatics Exclusive: As Harvey Engulfs Houston, Texas HIE Leaders Move in to Help

August 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey continued to devastate Houston and southeast Texas, Texas HIE leaders moved ahead to support healthcare leaders caring for Texans imperiled by the storm—and at the same time, demonstrated the core value of HIE

Leaders at Virginia Tech’s Biocomplexity Institute Devise an Analytic Platform to Address Infectious Disease Spread

August 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech have been working on an exciting initiative, developing an analytic modeling platform that could help to prepare for and prevent the spread of common infectious diseases

Data-Driven Approach to Asthma Shows Promise in Louisville

July 31, 2017  |  David Raths
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The city of Louisville, Ky., which has one of the highest asthma rates in the United States, recently wrapped up a community program called AIR Louisville that used smart connected inhalers.

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Scaling Telemedicine to Fill Gaps in Specialized Care

July 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a particular group of subspecialists, pediatric ophthalmologists, are using the technology to fill gaps in specialist care in developing countries, with the goal of eliminating preventable infant blindness.

DeSalvo Joins Effort to Boost Public Health Engagement

July 13, 2017  |  David Raths
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Former ONC leader Karen DeSalvo, M.D., will co-chair a project to provide public health officials with tools to better communicate and work with mayors, housing commissioners, hospital executives and school superintendents.

When It Comes to Assessing the Value of the PCMH Model of Care, the Devil Really Is In the Details

July 8, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found some seemingly counter-intuitive results, in the analysis of the adoption of the patient-centered medical home model FQHCs—but counter-intuitive only on the surface

Indiana Partnership Launches Training Program in Public and Population Health Informatics

July 6, 2017  |  David Raths
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The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute has partnered with Indiana University on a new program to train researchers in the fields of public and population health informatics.

Report: 65 Percent of Social Determinant Partnerships Report Cost Savings

July 6, 2017  |  David Raths
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Sixty-five percent of partnerships formed to address both the clinical and the social determinants of health say they have realized cost savings, according to a new report.

HHS Will Award $195 Million to Health Centers to Leverage Health IT

June 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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HHS announced the availability of $195 million in a new funding opportunity for community health centers to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid abuse in all U.S. states.

St. Louis Healthcare Organizations Launch Innovation Lab

June 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare in St. Louis are teaming up launch an innovation lab with the aim to bring together a variety of healthcare stakeholders to find solutions to problems that prevent patients from receiving optimal care.

AMIA Urges FCC to Consider Access to Broadband a Social Determinant of Health

May 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is calling on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) to b support broadband-enabled health care delivery by bolstering its efforts to better target those with chronic conditions, and ensure that those...

As HHS Turns to the Seasoned Donald Rucker, Health IT Leaders Breathe a Sigh of Relief

April 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Industry experts and leaders have not made secret their praise for the reported next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Two Healthcare Non-Profits Focused on Patient Safety Announce Merger Plans

March 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) announced plans this week to merge their organizations, effective May 1.

In Denver, Mining EHR Data for Public Health Monitoring, at a Very Local Level

March 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS) is a regional partnership between Colorado health providers, public health departments and the University of Colorado Denver to share health data in order to track population health trends.

Nextstrain.org Wins Open Science Prize

March 1, 2017  |  David Raths
news
A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand prize winner of the Open Science Prize.

LIVE from HIMSS17: How Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Collaborated to Reduce ED Over-Utilization

February 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A major collaboration between and among the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, and physicians and hospitals in that state, has yielded significant results in reducing unnecessary ED utilization statewide

Besser to Lead Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

February 14, 2017  |  David Raths
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Richard Besser, M.D., former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News’ current chief health and medical editor, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Lakeland Health, GLHC Partner to Enable Immunization Record Queries through EMR

February 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Lakeland Health System, based in St. Joseph, Michigan, is the first hospital organization in Michigan to query patient immunization records held within the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) directly from their internal electronic medical record (EMR).

HIMSS Stage 7 Designation: Grady Health System Improves Infectious Disease Program through Health IT

February 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Grady Health System has earned the Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) for its use of health information technology to improve patient care and safety. As a specific example, Grady’s use of actionable analytics and...

Dashboard Tracks Health Data at City Level

February 7, 2017  |  David Raths
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The New York University School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health has developed a City Health Dashboard to help cities understand, compare and take action to improve health status and health risks in their municipalities.

OSU Wexner Medical Center’s EHR Links with State Prescription Reporting System

February 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, based in Columbus, Ohio, is now implementing a direct feed from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) to improve and streamline efforts to decrease opioid abuse and addiction.

UC Berkeley Awarded $3.6M NIH Grant to Apply Big Data to Infectious Disease Surveillance

February 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant to the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases.

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