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Editor's Notes: Have You Experienced Your “Rite of Spring” Moment Yet in Healthcare?

March 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Anyone who isn’t living in a cave knows that the current environment of healthcare and healthcare IT is one of great ferment these days. It is challenging and exciting, and the pace of change right now is absolutely bracing.

Healthcare Informatics’ Top 10 Tech Trends 2017: An Introduction

March 17, 2017  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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The editors of Healthcare Informatics have once again assembled a package of stories in which we’ve spoken to some of the most thoughtful industry leaders, and have gathered together their perspectives, to provide you with a roadmap to the future.

American Heart Association Launches Cardiac Precision Medicine Data Platform

March 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Heart Association developed a data discovery platform, the Precision Medicine Platform, which will allow researchers and physicians to access and analyze volumes of cardiovascular and stroke data.

Survey: In Five Years, Genomic, Patient-Generated Data Will Be More Useful Than Claims Data

March 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In five years, genomic data and patient-generated data will join clinical and cost data as the most useful sources of health care data, according to a survey of healthcare executives and clinical leaders.

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.

IBM Teams Up with Salesforce on Artificial Intelligence

March 7, 2017  | 
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IBM and Salesforce, a customer relationship management provider, have announced a strategic partnership to deliver joint solutions designed to leverage artificial intelligence.

Time to Rethink Cost Reduction Strategies Focused on the Highest-Cost Patients?

March 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Medical researchers in Boston take a granular look at what elements really cause the over-utilization of unnecessary healthcare services—and opine on whether patient care leaders should reconsider their focus on which groups to look at in this key area of activity

Report: Health IT Venture Capital Funding Increases to $5.1 Billion in 2016

March 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In 2016, venture capital funding, including private equity and corporate VC, in the healthcare information technology (health IT) sector totaled $5.1 billion in 622 deals, a new record for the sector, according to an annual report from Austin, Texas-based Mercom...

Pediatric Consortium Takes ‘Open Science’ Approach to Big Data Challenges

March 5, 2017  |  David Raths
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Pediatric hospitals can struggle to accumulate enough data to constitute “big data.” The Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is taking a collaborative approach to this challenge.

Scaling Up Infrastructure for the Analytics to Support Care Management: Molina Healthcare’s View

March 5, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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IT leaders at the Long Beach, California-based Molina Healthcare saw the need to make a leap forward in terms of IT infrastructure in order to support the analytics capability that facilities population health management

Insights from HIMSS17: Industry Leaders Share Their Observations and Key Takeaways

February 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During HIMSS17, industry stakeholders spoke with me about health IT innovation, and they also shared their insights about this year’s conference from their specific perspectives, and with their particular priorities in mind.

IBM Watson Health Expands Imaging, Population Health Efforts

February 20, 2017  |  David Raths
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IBM’s Watson Health kicked off HIMSS17 in Orlando on Monday with a slew of announcements, including a clinical imaging review platform and partnerships with several large provider organizations on population health and value-based health initiatives.

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

Partnership in North Carolina Aims to Provide Hospitals Advanced Readmissions Data

February 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA), based in Cary, N.C., announced a partnership with Forecast Health, a Durham-based data analytics company, to provide hospitals in the state with predictive data about their readmissions rates and whether they are at...

Survey: Healthcare CIOs Cite EHR Optimization, Pop Health as Top Investment Priorities

February 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In a survey of 128 CHIME members about healthcare IT investment priorities, 38 percent of respondents ranked EMR system optimization as their top priority for capital investment over the next year.

Innovator Semi-Finalist Team: CHOC Children’s Improves Asthma Outcomes through Population Health

February 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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At CHOC Children's, a pediatric asthma population health initiative has produced impressive results so far. For this innovative work, Healthcare Informatics have named CHOC Children’s as a semi-finalist winner in this year's Innovator Awards Program.

Innovator Awards Semi-Finalist Team: Geisinger Health’s Unified Data Architecture Push

February 9, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As Joseph Scopelliti explains, Geisinger Health’s unified data architecture initiative is moving it forward into an entirely new era in terms of the capability of leveraging data and analytics to support population health and quality improvement

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...

Healthcare Informatics’ HIMSS17 Survival Guide

February 8, 2017  |  Heather Landi, Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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What can HIMSS17 attendees expect this year from the industry’s largest annual conference? What will be the biggest buzzwords and “buzz concepts” this year? Industry experts and observers weigh in.

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.

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.

Jupiter Medical Center Becomes First Community Hospital to Deploy Watson for Oncology

February 2, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Florida-based Jupiter Medical Center will adopt Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, becoming the first U.S. community hospital to adopt the cognitive computing platform.

Epic Tops Best in KLAS for Seventh Straight Year

February 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The 2017 Best in KLAS Software and Services report, released this week by Orem, Utah-based KLAS, named the top-performing companies within various market segments based on customer feedback, and once again Epic earned the ranking of number-one Overall Software...

Penn Medicine Launches Center for Digital Health

January 31, 2017  |  David Raths
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Penn Medicine in Philadelphia has created a Center for Digital Health, which evolved from its Social Media Laboratory.

At the HIT Summit-San Diego, CIO Kravitz Shares Insights into Geisinger’s Multi-Faceted Groundbreaking Work

January 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Geisinger Health CIO John Kravitz shared with Health IT Summit-San Diego attendees some of the advances being made at his pioneering organization, advances being powered by a shift to a state-of-the-art big data platform

Philips and Banner Health Sign 15-Year Technology Agreement

January 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Amsterdam-based technology company Royal Philips has signed a multi-year, strategic partnership with Phoenix-based Banner Health to use technology to improve and expand on the health system’s telehealth and population health management efforts.

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Semifinalists

January 26, 2017  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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Inside, please find descriptions of the initiatives of the nine teams whom we have awarded semifinalist status in this year’s program.

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Second-Place Winning Team—Mercy Health

January 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Clinical and IT executive leaders at Mercy Health are now successfully integrating population health analytics into the clinical workflow to significantly facilitate the work of identifying high-risk patients and improving care coordination.

The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Second-Place Winning Team—Mercy-St. Louis

January 24, 2017  |  David Raths
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Mercy has made great strides once it turned to a machine learning application that uses advanced analytics to help it identify hidden patterns in its own data.

Survey: 50 Percent of Health Systems Receive Value-Based Payments

January 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A recent KPMG survey found that half of health systems report at least some of their revenue comes from value-based payments, yet nearly a quarter of survey respondents indicated they are not making the move to value-based payments.

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