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VA Chief Information Officer Scott Blackburn Resigns

April 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) acting chief information officer (CIO), Scott Blackburn, has resigned from his position, effective immediately.

HIT Advisory Committee Advances Recommendations on Core Data for Interoperability

April 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), voted Wednesday to approve nine recommendations to update the list of data elements that vendors must exchange to be...

PODCAST: AMIA’s Jeff Smith on MACRA/MIPS in this Current Moment and What’s Next in HIT Policy

April 19, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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On the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, AMIA’s Jeff Smith gives his thoughts on where things stand with MACRA/MIPS right now, the future of MU, 21st Century Cures tidbits and more.

Black Book: 9 in 10 Small Practices Not Optimizing Advanced EHR Functionalities

April 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Eighty-eight percent of small practices of six or less practitioners still aren't optimizing advanced EHR (electronic health record) tools such as patient engagement, secure messaging, decision support and electronic data sharing, according to the latest...

ONC Brief: Half of Patients Offered Online Access to Health Data in 2017

April 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In 2017, half of individuals nationwide reported they had been offered online access to their medical record by a healthcare provider or insurer, according to an April data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Jonathan Bush Talks HIT Innovation at Nashville Health Care Council Event

April 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a recent Nashville Health Care Council event, athenahealth president and CEO Jonathan Bush discussed the affect that the region has on healthcare innovation, while also touching on the role of government in health IT.

Report: VA, DoD EHR Contracts to Spur Federal Health IT Spending

April 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The federal government has estimated that federal healthcare spending will increase 80 percent, from $918 billion in 2015 to $1.7 trillion in 2025, with one of the key IT-related factors being the VA's and DoD's implementations of new EHR systems.

Survey: Physicians Want Better Electronic Access to Patient Data

April 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Half of physicians said they feel that their electronic access to patient data—such as someone’s clinical history—could be much better, according to a new Surescripts report.

Pittsburgh Smog at Midday—and the Healthcare Informatics 100 in 2018

April 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What does the history of the city of Pittsburgh have to do with the Healthcare Informatics 100? Think transformation—and this exciting moment in the ongoing evolution of the healthcare information technology industry

Pennsylvania Ramping Up Connections to Public Health Gateway

April 11, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is ramping up a Public Health Gateway (PHG) that was created as a single point of entry for healthcare information organizations (HIOs) submitting data for provider organizations to dozens of applications in the Department of...

The Federal Message is Loud and Clear: It’s Time for Patients to be Truly Empowered

April 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Government health IT officials are serious about creating a true market for healthcare in which patients are engaged and empowered. Will their message hit home?

Black Book Report Highlights Patient Identification Issues

April 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Hospitals with EMPI (enterprise master patient index) support tools in place since 2016 reported consistently correct patient identification rates, according to a new Black Book market report.

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