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CMS Introduces Data Element Library

June 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the launch of its Data Element Library (DEL), with the overarching goal to support the exchange of electronic health information.

CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference

June 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host the first Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the General Services Administration national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Blockchain-Supported Health Record Platform Launched in U.K.

June 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Guardtime, an Amsterdam-based software security company, has launched a blockchain-supported personal care record platform.

In Arizona, the Ambition of “True Care Coordination” is Being Realized

June 20, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Phoenix-based Equality Health was formed with the goal to look at addressing healthcare outcomes disparities through the lens of culture. A population health management platform is helping to accomplish that.

Outgoing DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, M.D., Talks About FHIR, Blockchain, TEFCA and Direct Standards Development

June 19, 2018  |  David Raths
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Even though he is planning to step down this year as president and CEO of DirectTrust, the nonprofit organization that support health information exchange via the Direct message protocols, David Kibbe, M.D., has plenty of opinions to share about DirectTrust’s...

How Providence St. Joseph Health is Moving Along on its Data Transformation Journey

June 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A PSJH senior executive discusses the chief data officer role, how the health system is making better use of its data, what’s new on the analytics front, and how challenging PSJH’s innovation journey has been thus far.

ONC Budget Cut by 29 Percent in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Gets $1.25B Boost

June 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The House Appropriations Committee released a draft 2019 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and departments of Labor and Education that proposed slashing funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) by $17....

Alaska HIE Reboots With New Name, Architecture, Features

June 15, 2018  |  David Raths
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Things are changing fast for the statewide health information exchange in Alaska, with a name change, new technology architecture and additional interoperability offerings in the works.

NJ Hospital Association Invests in Opioid Tracking Tool for Hospitals

June 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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As opioid overdoses continue to claim more lives, the New Jersey Hospital Association and its Health Research and Educational Trust announced a $1.5 million investment in an emergency department tracking tool for hospitals statewide to better monitor opioid...

Sequoia Project Revises National Patient Matching Framework

June 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The nonprofit Sequoia Project, an industry advocate for nationwide interoperability, has released a revised national patient matching framework.

CMS Issues Guidance to States on Using Health IT to Fight Opioid Epidemic

June 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued guidance to state Medicaid programs emphasizing the role of health IT in addressing the opioid crisis and highlighting funding sources for telemedicine and prescription drug monitoring programs.

PODCAST: Discerning Blockchain Hype from Reality

June 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Blockchain is one of the hottest topics in health IT right now, and on this latest podcast, Jonathan Gordon, a partner in Alston & Bird’s technology and privacy group, dives into the opportunities and roadblocks surrounding this emerging technology.

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