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EHR Usability Issues Impact Pediatric Patient Safety, Research Finds

November 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In an analysis of 9,000 pediatric patient safety reports from three healthcare organizations, researchers found that 36 percent of the reports were related to EHR usability issues.

Veritas Capital, Elliott Management Acquire athenahealth in $5.7B Deal

November 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management are acquiring athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based EHR and practice management vendor, for $5.7 billion, according to a Monday announcement.

Survey: More Than Half of Healthcare CIOs Lack Strong Trust in Their Data

November 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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For U.S. healthcare leaders, trusted data is more important than ever, as their organizations migrate from the fee-for-service model to value-based care. However, a recent survey of CIOs found that less than half of healthcare organizations show very strong...

The Key to Clinical and Financial Success? Atrius Health President Gives Out His Recipe

November 8, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Atrius Health’s president and CEO, Steven Strongwater, M.D., discusses the organization’s population health initiatives that have led to strong clinical and financial performances.

Hawaii’s HIE Leveraging Technology to Improve Patient Identification

November 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Hawaii Health Information Exchange (HHIE), Hawaii’s state-designated HIE, is taking action to improve patient identification and the accuracy of provider data for enhanced care coordination across the state.

Study: AI Falls Short When Analyzing Data Across Multiple Health Systems

November 7, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Researchers studied whether deep learning models trained to detect pneumonia on chest X-rays from one hospital or one group of hospitals will work equally well at different hospitals.

Seven Best Practices for Optimizing EHRs Clinically and Financially

November 7, 2018  |  Dan O’Connor and Joncé Smith, Industry Voices, Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc.
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Healthcare facilities struggle with knowing if they are using their EHRs to the full potential. There are ways to alleviate the confusion and optimize your EHR for combined clinical decision making and operational effectiveness.

Leveraging HIT in Nursing Homes Improves Care, Study Finds

November 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Nursing homes are adopting new forms of information technology and seeing quality of care improve as a result, according to new research from the University of Missouri.

Healthcare Leaders Praise Telehealth Advancements, Delayed E&M Coding Changes in Recent CMS Rule

November 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Starting in 2019, for the first time, CMS will reimburse providers for virtual check-ins with patients, regardless of the patient’s location—a move that drew praise from many healthcare leaders.

LabCorp Joins Apple Health Records Project

November 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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LabCorp, a provider of clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services, has announced that it has enabled Apple’s Health Records feature for its patients.

CHIME’s Russ Branzell: A Tech Revolution is Coming to Healthcare

November 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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At the CHIME 2018 Fall CIO Forum in San Diego this week, Branzell sat down with Healthcare Informatics Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for CIOs

BREAKING: CMS Publishes CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule/QPP Final Rule

November 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Nov. 1, CMS published the Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program final rule for 2019, which encapsulates the MIPS and Advanced Payment Models.

University Hospitals Applies Homegrown Discharge Planning Workflow Solution to Opioid Prescribing

November 1, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Cleveland-based University Hospitals is taking advantage of an internally developed technology platform to re-imagine the discharge process, including identifying patients at risk for opioid misuse and dependence.

Epic Lowers App Orchard Program Fees, Introduces New Low-Cost Tier

November 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Verona, Wis.-based Epic plans to lower program fees for health IT developers participating in its App Orchard program, and will launch a new entry-level program tier, called Nursery.

HIT Policy Winds Get Stronger as CMS, ONC Regulations Set to Drop Any Day

November 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The calendar has now turned to November as health IT stakeholders continue to anxiously await regulations from federal health agencies, some of which are sure to come in the next 60 days.

Seven HIEs Now Connected to Military Health System

November 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Seven physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) are now connected to the Military Health System (MHS), enabling MHS providers to have access to patients’ electronic health records to support clinical decision making at the point of care.

Study Shows Rise in Physician Burnout, Female Doctors Report Higher Levels of Dissatisfaction

October 31, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Two-thirds of physicians say the challenges of practicing medicine in today’s environment have caused them to consider career options outside of clinical practice, an 11 percent increase compared to a similar survey three years ago.

Improving the Communication Infrastructure: Healthcare’s Next Big Wave?

October 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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With access to patient health information now commonplace among providers, the next core investment could be in communication channels with patients, according to CHIME’s 2018 HealthCare’s Most Wired survey.

CHIME Hands Out Innovator, Transformational Leader Awards

October 31, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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At the CHIME 2018 Fall CIO Forum in San Diego, health IT executives were recognized today for their transformational and innovative leadership.

Cerner Exec on DoD Implementations: “We’re Seeing Measurable Progress”

October 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Providing an update on Cerner’s progress with the DoD's EHR implementations, a company executive noted that he is seeing “measurable progress” at the agency's initial operational capability (IOC) sites.

Using Blockchain for a Nationwide Patient Index

October 30, 2018  |  Michael L. Gagnon, Industry Voice, Executive Director of HealtHIE Nevada
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It is apparent that there is now a compelling and relatively straightforward technical solution for the issue of locating patients’ health records across their various number of providers.

CMS Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Under Medicare Advantage Plans

October 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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CMS is proposing to implement several sections of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, including expanding telehealth benefits under Medicare Advantage plans.

How Many Hospitals Are Engaging in All Interoperability Domains?

October 26, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Although nearly all non-federal acute care hospitals have already upgraded to 2015 Health IT Certification Criteria, or plan to upgrade, the majority of these organizations are still not engaging in all four components of interoperability.

Still Bullish on Blockchain: Experts Give a Lay of the Land

October 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Although there are still more questions than answers regarding the impact that blockchain technology will have on healthcare, many health IT experts remain convinced of its promise.

Carequality Reports 14M Clinical Documents Exchanged in August

October 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Officials of Carequalitys said that more than 14 million clinical documents were exchanged on the framework during August.

Working Group Seeks Widespread Clinical Decision Support Implementation for Opioid Care by 2021

October 24, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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An Opioid Action Plan developed by a working group of the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support (PCCDS) Learning Network has set an ambitious goal of delivering PCCDS interventions that improve pain management and opioid use outcomes for 2 million...

Study Shows Effectiveness of Tele-Rehabilitation Platform

October 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Duke Clinical Research Institute has teamed up with a virtual rehabilitation therapy company to test how its digital rehabilitation platform delivered physical therapy following total knee replacement surgery.

One-on-One with Bon Secours Mercy Health’s President of Health Innovation

October 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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G. Anton Decker, M.D., president of health innovation at Bon Secours Mercy Health, discusses how he, and his organization, take on innovation opportunities and how digital health plays a role in operational strategies.

VCU Health Motto: ‘In God We Trust; Everyone Else Must Bring Data’

October 19, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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VCU Health System in Virginia was recently named a 2018 HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award recipient for leveraging health IT to improve outcomes. Colin Banas, M.D., the health system’s chief medical information officer, said the organization prides itself on using...

Study: EMR Interventions Help in Providing High-Value Medical Care

October 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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By implementing electronic medical record (EMR)-based interventions, Boston Medical Center was able to reduce unnecessary diagnostic testing while increasing the use of postoperative order sets.

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