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Report: Aetna, Apple in Talks about Offering Plan Members Apple Watches

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Aetna, which already offers the Apple Watch to its employees as part of a wellness program, is now in talks with Apple about pushing the wearable device to the health insurer’s members, according to a report in CNBC.

HIMSS Accepting Nominations for Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards

August 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has announced that nominations are now open for the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards.

In Pennsylvania, Regional HIEs are Working Competitively—and Collaboratively, Too

August 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Leaders of two health information exchanges in Pennsylvania discuss strategies for HIE success, and also how they are collaborating in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Leveraging Data and Technology to Advance Enterprise-Wide Pharmacy Operations

August 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
As the healthcare landscape undergoes accelerating change, almost every clinical and operational area within health systems must evolve to keep pace, including pharmacy operations. One health system is leveraging technology and data to help them better manage...

In a Candidate-Driven Market, HIT Hiring Managers Can Still Land Top Talent

August 10, 2017  |  Frank Myeroff, President, Direct Consulting Associates
article
It’s no secret that the growth in healthcare technology has been outpacing the talent supply. Here are a few things that organizations can do to help them land top health IT talent.

Joe Biden, Judy Faulkner, and the One Thousand-Page Medical Record

August 7, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
commentary
I’ve been reflecting on a recent article in Politico in which Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative, recalled an exchange between former Vice President Joseph Biden and Epic CEO Judy Faulkner. The topic was access to patient records.

Health IT Now Coalition Applauds ONC’s New Certification Testing Plan

August 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
ONC's recent announcement that it will transition to using industry-developed tools for its certification program was met with praise by the Health IT Now coalition—a group that has been critical of ONC in the past.

The Allscripts-McKesson EHR Deal: Time to Consider the Broader Industry—and Policy—Context

August 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Looking at the deal announced last week in which Allscripts is acquiring McKesson’s hospital IT business, in light of broader industry and policy trends, and to ask: how might this deal figure into broader interoperability and federal healthcare IT policy trends?

BREAKING: Industry Analysts React as Allscripts Pays $185 Million for McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions

August 3, 2017  |  David Raths and Rajiv Leventhal
article
Chicago-based Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced it has agreed to pay approximately $185 million in cash to acquire McKesson’s (NYSE:MCK) hospital and health system IT business, Enterprise Information Solutions.

Study Finds Near Universal EHR Adoption at Hospital-Owned Practices

August 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems at outpatient practices has been accelerating, with the hospital-owned outpatient market showing near universal adoption.

Analysis: MSSP ACOs Should Take on Greater Financial Risk

August 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) would have earned an additional net payments of $886 million in 2015 if they had assumed greater financial risk, according to a recent analysis from Washington, D.C...

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes 90-Day MU Reporting Period, Pushes Back Stage 3 Mandate

August 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that affirms a 90-day reporting for hospitals attesting to the meaningful use program in 2018.

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