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Analyzing Blockchain’s Evolution in Healthcare: Two Experts Dive into the Details

August 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Two leaders at KPMG recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the greatest use cases for blockchain in healthcare today, and how quickly providers and payers might start moving into full-scale projects.

Study: Many U.S. Hospitals won’t Reach HIMSS Stage 7 Until 2035

August 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Unless the healthcare IT ecosystem experiences major policy changes or leaps in technological capabilities, many hospitals will not reach Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model until 2035, according to new research.

Mayo Clinic Elects New President and CEO

August 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., current vice president, Mayo Clinic, and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida has been elected as the president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Minnesota.

CMS’ MSSP Proposed Changes Slammed by Leading ACO Organization

August 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The National Association of ACOs called CMS’ proposals to redo the MSSP “misguided,” noting that the changes, if finalized, “will upend the ACO movement by creating havoc with a significant overhaul introducing many untested and troubling policies.”

BREAKING: CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes to MSSP ACO Program

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing a new direction for ACOs (accountable care organizations) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), with the goal to push these organizations into two-sided risk models.

Dr. David Nash on Population Health: Physicians Don’t Grasp It

August 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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David Nash, M.D., one of the best-known pioneers in the world of population health management and related areas, discusses the population health landscape with Healthcare Informatics

KLAS’s Recent Report on Cybersecurity Services Firms: What Are the Implications for HIT Leaders?

August 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What are the implications for healthcare IT leaders in patient care organizations, from the results of the recently published KLAS Research report on cybersecurity services firms? KLAS analyst Dan Czech shares his perspectives

Survey: Physicians Cite EHRs as Biggest Contributor to Burnout

July 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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A recent survey on physician burnout and stress found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, physicians cited electronic health records (EHRs) as the top factor contributing to stress, followed by dealing with payers and pre-authorization and then regulatory compliance.

Trump Nominates James Paul Gfrerer for VA CIO

July 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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On Friday, President Trump announced his intention to nominate James Paul Gfrerer, former executive director at Ernst & Young, as assistant secretary for information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

PODCAST: Catching up with Cybersecurity Guru Mac McMillan

July 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Mac McMillan believes that 2017 was “clearly the year of ransomware,” but now, although ransomware attacks are still going on, the tide is shifting “to other and newer attacks.”

Glancing at the Boston Healthcare Provider Market: Consolidation and Physicians

July 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Barbara Spivak, M.D., CEO of MACIPA, an area IPA, shares her perspectives on the prospects and context of a proposed mega-merger of Boston-area hospitals—and the impact of ongoing consolidation on physicians

In Virginia, Centra Health Surges Ahead in its IT-Based Push to Value

July 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Two of the health system’s executive leaders recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about Centra Health’s value-based care journey and how IT is playing a key role.

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

Scottsdale Institute 2018: CNIOs Managing Change and Optimizing Clinical Innovation

July 24, 2018  |  Duncan Moore
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Eight nurse executives fulfilling the functional role of chief nursing informatics officers at major health systems and Scottsdale Institute member organizations met in Scottsdale to discuss “Managing Change and Optimizing Clinical Innovation.”

Healthcare Execs Anticipate High Cost Returns from Predictive Analytics Use

July 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare executives are dedicating budget to predictive analytics, and are forecasting significant cost savings in return, according to new research from the Illinois-based Society of Actuaries.

Has the Value-Based Care Train Stalled?

July 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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When pondering the question of if the value-based care train has stalled, the answer will depend on which side of the healthcare stakeholder table you are asking—payers or providers.

In Holston Medical Group’s March to Value, an HIE Proves Mission Critical

July 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HIEs have been brought into the healthcare ecosystem to connect providers, improve workflow and coordinate care with others, in real-time. But HIEs are also serving as a critical component in the industry’s value-based care shift.

ONC Roundup: Senior Leadership Changes Spark Questions

July 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has continued to experience changes within its upper leadership, leading some folks to again ponder what the health IT agency’s role will be moving forward.

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Program Presents Fourth Class of Startups

July 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, a program that helps entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market, has brought in nine more health tech startups as part of its fourth class.

New Blockchain Company Has Own Cryptocurrency Payment System

July 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new blockchain company attests that it has its own cryptocurrency payment system, with the goal to restore and optimize patient-provider relationships.

Physician Burnout Much Lower in Small Practices, Research Finds

July 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Physicians who work in small, independent primary care practices reported dramatically lower levels of burnout than the national average (13.5 percent versus 54.4 percent), according to a study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine.

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts

July 5, 2018  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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As part of Healthcare Informatics 100 questionnaire, vendors were asked to estimate the percentage of revenue earned in each of their product segments sold. Inside, we reveal the top 5 companies by revenue within seven different categories.

45% of Healthcare Leaders Burnt Out from Work

July 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Forty-five percent of healthcare leaders said that they feel burnt out from work, according to a recent MGMA Stat Poll.

Unpacking the Gains in HCA Healthcare’s HIT Governance Evolution

July 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Karen Thompson and Dr. Edmund Jackson of HCA Healthcare shared with attendees the learnings that have been gleaned so far in their organization’s progressive health IT project governance and prioritization model

Amazon Acquires Online Pharmacy PillPack

June 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Amazon announced today that it has acquired PillPack, a Boston-based online pharmacy startup.

Michigan Behavioral Health Provider Goes Live on Epic with Eyes on Care Coordination

June 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based behavioral health provider, has became the first free standing behavioral health system to implement Epic’s electronic health record (EHR).

PODCAST: Breaking Down the Healthcare Informatics 100; Was Jonathan Bush Forced Out?

June 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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ST Advisors executives analyze the 2018 Healthcare Informatics 100 and weigh in on the recent news surrounding athenahealth

GE to Spin Off Healthcare Unit as Separate Company

June 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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General Electric (GE) will spin off its healthcare unit and operate it as a separate company, senior executives announced today.

CEO and CIO Priorities for Tech-Enabled Healthcare

June 21, 2018  |  Jason Fortin, Impact Advisors
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During the recent 2018 Scottsdale Institute Annual Conference, a group of 22 CIOs from leading health-delivery organizations across the country gathered to discuss their CEOs’ top IT-related priorities. From that discussion, five key themes emerged.

At the HIT Summit in Minneapolis, an MD Informaticist’s Perspective on Clinical Transformation

June 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Karl Poterack, M.D. spoke at the Health IT Summit in Minneapolis about the role of clinical informatics in standardizing physician practice—and moving the needle forward on clinical performance improvement

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