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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.

For UNC Health Care, Managing Provider Data is a Stepping Stone to High-Quality Care

August 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The state-run health system has been doing what it internally calls ““provider data integrity,” with the help of a technology platform that provides operational leaders with a single source of truth.

Epic Plans Meeting for Non-Epic Users on Data Sharing Capabilities

August 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Verona, Wis.-based Epic is inviting healthcare provider organizations that don’t use Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) to its “un-Users Group Meeting” at its Verona headquarters to learn how to exchange data with Epic.

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.

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.

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.

Making Care Connections Happen: How Intermountain Healthcare is Moving the Needle on Virtual Care

August 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In March, Intermountain Healthcare announced the launch of one of the nation’s largest virtual hospital services. One of the organization’s senior leaders discusses why the health system went in this direction.

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.

CVS Health’s MinuteClinic Launches New Telehealth Offering

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CVS’ MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, is rolling out a new telehealth healthcare offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs.

A Pioneering M.D. Leader Shares Insights on Successfully Navigating the Massachusetts Healthcare Market

August 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston Health IT Summit, the veteran healthcare expert dropped in to give attendees an inside look at how her organization has achieved value-based care success

Report: More than 3M Patient Records Breached in Second Quarter of 2018

August 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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More than 3.14 million patient records were breached in 142 disclosed health data breach incidents during a three-month span from April to June 2018, according to new data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer.

Industry Stakeholders Urge ONC to Move Forward on Information Blocking Rules

August 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a strongly worded letter to National Coordinator Donald Rucker, M.D., several healthcare and health IT industry groups expressed frustration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s lack of progress in publishing information blocking...

A ‘Google’ for Clinical Notes Draws Interest

August 8, 2018  |  David Raths
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A grant from the National Cancer Institute will allow five academic medical centers to deploy EMERSE, which allows users to search free-text clinical notes from the electronic health record.

The Promise and Pitfalls of HIT in Pediatrics: What Boston Children’s Hospital Has Learned

August 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston Health IT Summit, one CIO reviews what lessons his pediatric organization has learned in health IT-related experiences.

Apple Health Records Project Continues to Gain Provider Participants

August 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the last few weeks, nine more health systems have signed on to support Apple’s new “Health Records” initiative.

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

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes “Promoting Interoperability” Rule

August 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Just three months after issuing a proposal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a rule late this afternoon that will overhaul the meaningful use program with a core emphasis on advancing health data exchange among providers.

CommonWell, Carequality Connectivity Now Live; Organizations Announce Limited Roll-Out of Health Data Exchange

August 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi and Rajiv Leventhal
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Building on an announcement made almost two years ago, CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality announced today initial connectivity, which is the beginning of a broader effort to increase health data exchange nationwide.

HHS OIG Fines eClinicalWorks $132,500 For Violating Corporate Integrity Agreement

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) fined electronic health record vendor eClinicalWorks $132,500 for failing to report patient safety issues to the regulatory body as reportable events in a timely manner.

Michigan State Leaders Turn to Technology in their Fight Against Opioid Abuse

August 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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An assessment was completed by the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Appriss Health—a Louisville, Ky.-based technology company—as part of Michigan’s strategy to prevent opioid abuse.

Virginia Launches Program to Connect All EDs Across the State

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The state of Virginia launched the Virginia Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program, a single, statewide technology solution connecting all hospital emergency departments in the Commonwealth.

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.

Patient Portals Commonplace in Healthcare Organizations, Survey Finds

July 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nine out of 10 healthcare leaders surveyed in a recent Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) poll said that their organization offers a patient portal.

Report: DoD-Cerner EHR Contract Ceiling to be Raised by $1B

July 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Defense (DoD) will increase the ceiling of the contract to modernize its electronic health record (EHR) system, MHS Genesis, by an estimated $1.1 billion, according to a report

NHS to get Major Funding Help for “Tech Transformation”

July 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The UK’s new health and social care secretary has said that nearly half a billion pounds—equal to almost $650 million—will be devoted “to transform technology in the NHS in an attempt to reduce staff workloads and improve patient care,” according to a report in...

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.

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.”

Media Report: Medical Errors Reported during Banner Health’s Switch to Cerner EHR

July 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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After Phoenix-based Banner Health implemented a new Cerner electronic health record (EHR) at its Tucson, Arizona-based hospitals and clinics back in October, at a price tag of $45 million, there were “numerous” reports of medical errors, according to a state...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

July 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Robert Wilkie, a nominee of President Trump, was confirmed Monday by the Senate as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs by a vote of 86 to 9.

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