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Geisinger, Merck Co-Develop Patient Communication and Care Delivery Applications

August 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Geisinger Health System and global biopharmaceutical company Merck have collaborated on two new mobile applications that will aim to help patient-provider communication and medication adherence.

AHRQ Launches App Challenge for PRO Data Standardization

August 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a competition to address the need for greater use of standardized patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data in clinical care and research.

Amazon, Google, IBM and Other Tech Giants Pledge to Remove Barriers to Interoperability

August 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Six of the world's biggest technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, IBM and Amazon, made a joint pledge at the White House Monday to remove interoperability barriers and to make progress on adoption of health data standards.

At the Health IT Summit in Boston, One ACO’s Data-Facilitated Journey Into Value

August 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What does it mean for an organization to pursue a data-facilitated journey into value-based care? Bill Gillis, CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization, shared his learnings and perspectives on that subject, at the Health IT Summit in Boston

At the Florida Health IT Summit, a Candid Look at the Promise and Pitfalls of Blockchain in Healthcare

July 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Benjamin D. Schanker, M.D., M.P.H. shared with attendees at the Florida Health IT Summit his perspectives, as a clinician and researcher, of the promise and pitfalls of blockchain adoption in U.S. healthcare

DirectTrust Adds Five Board Members

July 11, 2018  |  David Raths
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DirectTrust, a nonprofit organization that support health information exchange, announced the appointment of five new executives to its board of directors.

In Nashville, a Candid Discussion of the Potential for Blockchain in Healthcare

July 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville at the end of June, experts and innovators parsed the potential for the adoption of blockchain technologies in U.S. healthcare—and the challenges and obstacles involved

CMS Introduces Data Element Library

June 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the launch of its Data Element Library (DEL), with the overarching goal to support the exchange of electronic health information.

At Franciscan Health, an Analytics-Driven Initiative is Improving Patient Care and Reducing Costs

June 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Franciscan Health is leveraging data and analytics t o help its lower-performing physicians bring their practice in-line with their best-performing colleagues, with the goal of not only improving patient care but also reducing overall costs.

Apple to Introduce Health Records API

June 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Apple has announced that it will be introducing a Health Records API for developers and researchers with the goal “to create an ecosystem of apps that use health record data to better manage medications, nutrition plans, diagnosed diseases and more.”

At the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia, Industry Experts Agree: Blockchain Is in its Infancy in Healthcare

May 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A robust discussion was held at the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday, with industry experts parsing the challenges and potential of blockchain—including its lack of data security

National Coordinator Donald Rucker, M.D. Assesses Progress Towards Interoperability and the Development of Open APIs

May 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Donald Rucker, M.D. spoke recently with Healthcare Informatics about the progress towards interoperability, a key objective of the current administration—and some of the challenges and opportunities for open-API development

PODCAST: One-on-One with Cleveland Clinic’s Former CMIO Dr. Dave Levin

May 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Dave Levin, M.D. discusses the recent pieces he has written for Healthcare Informatics, on FHIR, health IT system design, and the battle for interoperability at the VA and DoD.

At HLTH, a Candid Discussion of What the Federal Government Can and Should Do to Promote Healthcare Innovation

May 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the HLTH Conference this week, Rasu Shrestha, M.D. of UPMC sat down with HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein and former United States CTO Aneesh Chopra, to discuss the federal government’s role in facilitating technology innovation

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
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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

Straight Talk About FHIR

April 30, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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Have you noticed the hype around FHIR? It was hard to miss at HIMSS2018, where enthusiasts proclaimed that FHIR will solve our interoperability woes. It will not, and it is essential we dispel the misconceptions and hype.

HIT Advisory Committee Advances Recommendations on Core Data for Interoperability

April 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), voted Wednesday to approve nine recommendations to update the list of data elements that vendors must exchange to be...

Michael McCoy, M.D. Shares His Perspectives on the Current Moment in Healthcare IT

March 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Following the conclusion of the annual HIMSS Conference, Michael McCoy, M.D. shared with Healthcare Informatics his perspectives on the policy, industry, and technological cross-currents influencing the shift from volume to value in healthcare right now

Results of the 2018 HIMSS Leadership Survey Confirm CIOs’ Focus on Clinical Outcomes Improvement—and Cybersecurity

March 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The results of the 2018 HIMSS U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey confirm healthcare IT leaders’ focus on improving clinical outcomes and operations—while also intensifying cybersecurity and data privacy and security

BREAKING NEWS: At HIMSS18, CMS’s Verma Announces MyHealthEData Initiative, to Give Patients Control of their Data

March 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Tuesday morning at HIMSS18, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a broad new initiative to empower patients to control their health data, with encouragement and warnings for healthcare stakeholders

National Coordinator Rucker Urges CMIOs to Participate in Helping to Improve Interoperability, Usability

March 5, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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In his opening keynote address at the AMDIS/HIMSS Physician Executive Symposium, National Coordinator Donald Rucker, M.D. urged CMIOs to take part in shaping the future of interoperability and usability in U.S. healthcare

Where Is Network Segmentation Headed? One Industry Expert Has a Good Idea

February 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Impact Advisors’ John Robinson shares his perspectives on the new thinking around network segmentation, including around micro-segmentation and software configuration—and urges CIOs, CISOs, and other healthcare IT leaders to move quickly away from old tactics...

Apple Confirms “Health Records” Solution with Aim to Bring Medical Records to iPhone

January 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In breaking digital health news today, Apple has announced that it is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records right on their iPhone.

HIT Advisory Committee to Hold First Meeting in January

December 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The government’s new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC), established under the 21st Century Cures Act, will have its first meeting on January 18.

AMIA Urges ONC to Support New Testing Infrastructure for HIT Standards

November 29, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), in comments submitted to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is urging the government to support a more robust, modern testing infrastructure for health IT standards.

HHS Secretary Names Three Members to HIT Advisory Committee

November 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric D. Hargan named three members to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC), established by the 21st Century Cures Act.

Cedars-Sinai Leaders Articulate their Case for their Healthcare Solutions Accelerator Initiative

November 10, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Beverly Hills, senior leaders from the Cedars-Sinai health system shared the journey around their development of an accelerator program, designed to help bring forward solutions to improve patient care and operations

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

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

The Implications for HIT Leaders of Accelerating Market Consolidation? There Are Many

September 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Two new analyses of U.S. healthcare market concentration hold many implications for CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, CMIOs and other healthcare IT leaders, in terms of supporting usability, interoperability, and data security

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