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

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

MGMA CEO: Millennials Entering the Workforce will Spur EHRs’ Redesign

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Halee Fischer-Wright, M.D., president and CEO of MGMA, weighs in on a variety of topics related to healthcare IT and physician burnout.

UC San Diego Health: Moving Its EHR to the Cloud, Strategically

August 17, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Christopher Longhurst, M.D., CIO, and Adam Gold, CTO, of UC San Diego Health, explain why they’ve moved their EHR to the cloud—and what that move means in the broader context of the health system’s IT strategy

VA-DoD: Winning the Battle for Interoperability

August 16, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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While the VA’s decision to migrate to the same EMR platform as the DoD is a sound one, it will not, in and of itself, solve the interoperability problem

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

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

AHRQ Calling for Data on Mobile Apps and Technology to Treat Diabetes

August 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking scientific information from the public regarding mobile health technology for diabetes.

Consumers Showing Increased Interest in Virtual Care

August 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Sixty percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in remote care that would take place online or by telephone, according to connected health research from Park Associates.

Direct and FHIR: Can They Work Hand-in-Hand?

August 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The DirectTrust has released a white paper that proposes how FHIR and Direct communities and technical specifications for each standard should relate to each other to offer new value.

Leaders at Virginia Tech’s Biocomplexity Institute Devise an Analytic Platform to Address Infectious Disease Spread

August 11, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Leaders at the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech have been working on an exciting initiative, developing an analytic modeling platform that could help to prepare for and prevent the spread of common infectious diseases

Survey: Medical Groups Find Complying with MIPS Extremely Burdensome

August 10, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Medical groups feel the pressure of regulatory burdens, with the vast majority of physician practices finding it difficult to comply with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

ONC Outlines Key Outcomes for Trusted Exchange Framework in Kickoff Meeting

August 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in its first meeting to establish a trusted exchange framework for health data, outlined three key outcomes that the agency feels is necessary for success.

Survey: 71 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Allocate a Specific Budget to Cybersecurity

August 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A new healthcare cybersecurity report from HIMSS finds that healthcare organizations are taking steps to enhance their cybersecurity programs to a greater degree, and the findings also indicate that organizations that employ a CISO or other senior information...

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