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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.

Will IBM Watson Repeat History?

August 15, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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IBM has a storied history in healthcare. Can they learn from that history and be successful with IBM Watson?

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.

Amazon, Google, IBM and Other Tech Giants Pledge to Remove Barriers to Interoperability

August 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Six of the world's biggest technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, IBM and Amazon, made a joint pledge at the White House Monday to remove interoperability barriers and to make progress on adoption of health data standards.

Fitbit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Launch Mobile Health Partnership

August 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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San Francisco-based fitness wearable maker Fitbit continues its push into the health plan market with a new digital health deal to incorporate its fitness tracker into health and wellness programs.

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

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...

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

Will the Chief Digital Officer Role be Key to Healthcare’s Future?

August 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Leading hospitals and health systems are increasingly adding chief digital officers to their senior leadership teams. Hillary Ross, a senior partner with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, shares her thoughts on the growing importance of the CDO in healthcare.

Three More HIEs Join SHIEC’s Growing Community

August 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), a national collaborative representing health information exchanges (HIEs), has announced the addition of three new HIE members: HealthInfoNet (Maine), OneHealthPort, (Washington) and WISHIN, (...

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.

Direct Exchange Transactions Increased 26 Percent in Q2 2018

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Use of Direct messages to transmit health information continues to grow steadily, according to DirectTrust, as there were 50.5 million Direct exchange transactions in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 26 percent over the same period last year.

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.

Healthcare IT M&A Activity Increases 23 Percent in 1H 2018

July 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the healthcare IT industry rose during the first half this year, with volume increasing 23 percent, from 101 deals in the second half of 2017 to 124 deals so far in 2018, according to investment banking firm Berkery...

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

Anthem Expands $500M Deal with IBM with Focus on IT Automation, AI

July 26, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Health insurer Anthem has expanded its services agreement with technology leader IBM with a focus on using artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to improve operational efficiency and modernize technology platforms.

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.

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