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Industry Sage Joe Marion: We Have Yet to See Significant ROI on AI in Radiology

January 21, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Artificial intelligence remains a huge topic of discussion and source of fascination in the imaging informatics world, but as industry sage Joe Marion notes, the practical ROI on AI remains elusive

GAO Report: Patient Matching Efforts Can Be Significantly Improved

January 17, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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There is a lot that can be done—such as implementing common standards for recording demographic data—to improve patient matching, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that closely examined the issue.

Walgreens, Microsoft Ink Strategic Deal to “Transform Healthcare Delivery”

January 15, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are joining forces on a major seven-year healthcare partnership that will aim to make healthcare delivery more personal, affordable and accessible.

ONC Releases Interoperability Standards Advisory Reference 2019

January 15, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released the 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition, which serves as a “snapshot” view of the ISA.

“Revolutionizing” Healthcare: How Non-Traditional Players are Shaking Up the Sector

January 15, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Could consolidation and contentment among major healthcare stakeholders—both on the provider and vendor fronts—open the door for new disruptors with innovative solutions?

ONC Report: Health IT Progress Stifled by Technical, Financial Barriers

January 15, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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While progress has been made in the adoption of health IT across the U.S. healthcare industry, significant interoperability hurdles remain, including technical, financial and trust barriers, according to a report from ONC.

UC San Diego Health Publishes Early Research on Apple Health Records Feature

January 14, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The first research on Apple’s Health Records initiative has been released and the research findings indicate that patients are generally satisfied with the app’s ease-of-use and feel that it improves their understanding of their health.

Montana Senator to VA CIO: “EHR Modernization Cannot Fail”

January 14, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Senate VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester has urged new VA CIO James Gfrerer to avoid past failures as he helps to move forward the department’s EHR modernization project.

AMIA Advises CDC to Start with Limited Pilot for Health IT Testing in the Field

January 8, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to initially use a limited scope for testing health IT in the field to ensure the future success of the CDC’s National Test Collaborative (NTC).

Missouri Health Connection’s CEO Defends HIEs’ Value in a Competitive HIT Landscape

January 8, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Angie Bass—Missouri Health Connection’s president and CEO—discusses MHC’s HIE journey, the biggest challenges that exist today, and how the organization is providing value for its members.

HL7 Publishes Release 4 of FHIR Standard

January 3, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Standards organization Health Level Seven (HL7) has published Release 4 of its Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard, marking the first release with normative content.

Healthcare Informatics’ Top 10 Stories of 2018

December 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Another year in health IT has come and gone, and just like most years before it, there was no shortage of industry developments that made 2018 a fascinating one.

ONC: Hospitals Still Use Non-Electronic Methods to Send, Receive Data

December 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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As of last year, many non-federal acute care hospitals are still using non-electronic methods to send and receive patient data, according to new data from ONC (the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT).

Across the Care Continuum, Improving Patient Matching Capabilities Has Become Paramount

December 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Michigan Health Information Network—and other HIEs and HINs—have prioritized projects to standardize patient matching across different entities

Report: Massachusetts General Hospital Targeting Various Blockchain Use Cases

December 7, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers are partnering with MediBloc, a Korean healthcare blockchain company, with the aim to improve patient data sharing and storing, according to an article in CoinDesk.

AMIA, AHIMA Call for HIPAA Modernization to Support Patient Access

December 7, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Modernization of the 22-year-old Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) would improve patients’ access to their health information and protect their health data in a burgeoning app ecosystem, according to two leading health IT industry groups.

Intermountain CMIO Stan Huff on the Need for Greater Interoperability: “We’re Killing Too Many People”

December 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Longtime Intermountain CMIO Stan Huff, M.D., recently chatted with Healthcare Informatics about all things interoperability, including the different types of data exchange that exist today, the greatest barriers, and pending regulations.

At UVM Health Network, Advancing an Integrated Health System’s Initiatives through Data Governance Strategies

December 5, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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At the Burlington, Vermont-based UVM Health Network, Leah Fullem is helping to lead data governance processes intended to speed the advancement of key IT strategies across the integrated health system

Telehealth, Interoperability Recommendations Outlined in Administration’s Health Reform Report

December 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Various health IT recommendations related to telehealth and interoperability were made on the part of the Trump administration as part of its report on reforming the nation's healthcare delivery system.

KLAS: EHR Vendors Making Significant Progress with CommonWell, Carequality Connection

December 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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With the establishment of connectivity between CommonWell and Carequality, the ability to exchange patient records is within the reach of most provider organizations, according to KLAS Research.

RSNA 2018: Imaging’s Resurgence?

November 29, 2018  |  Joe Marion
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The latest buzz from the 2018 RSNA is all about Artificial Intelligence, as interest grows in terms of imaging informatics' role in healthcare IT

HHS Issues Comprehensive Draft Report with Eyes on Reducing Health IT Burden

November 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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HHS has issued a federal draft strategy designed to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by technology such as electronic health records.

Report: Apple in Talks with VA to Provide Veterans Access to EHRs

November 21, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Tech giant Apple is in talks with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide portable electronic health records (EHRs) to military veterans, according to a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday.

Cybersecurity, Telehealth and Interoperability “Top of Mind” for IT Execs in 2019

November 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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As health system leaders look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year, they are increasing their spending to defend against cyberattacks, expressing optimism about reimbursement for telehealth services, and feeling anxiety about tech...

CommonWell Officials: Carequality Connection Now “Generally Available” for Members

November 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Connection capabilities to the Carequality framework, by members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, are now “generally available,” according to officials who made an announcement today.

VA, Cerner Leaders Detail Progress on EHR Implementation, Interoperability Efforts

November 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The VA’s new $16-billion-dollar Cerner EHR system will use open APIs and FHIR-based integration to enable interoperability with the private sector, according to a Cerner executive testifying to Congressional leaders.

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.

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.

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.

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