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Carequality Seeks Input on FHIR-Based Exchange

October 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Carequality is seeking input from the healthcare community as it looks to add support for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource)-based exchange.

Social Determinants Data Project Wins Indiana Tech Challenge

October 12, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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A project involving social determinants of health data from Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI took home the top prize in the inaugural Indiana Inject Tech Challenge from BioCrossroads.

Are Disruptive Forces in U.S. Healthcare Accelerating Now? Notes on the Now-Approved CVS-Aetna Deal

October 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The Department of Justice’s approval Wednesday of the CVS-Aetna merger signals a new phase in the healthcare business world—and it’s time for patient care executives to rethink the meaning of competition—and of market disruption

National Library of Medicine Names Clem McDonald Its Chief Health Data Standards Officer

October 8, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has named Clem McDonald, M.D., to the newly created position of chief health data standards officer.

MGMA Survey: Medical Group Practices Cite Increased Burden from Regulatory Demands, EHRs

October 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Nearly nine in 10 medical group practice leaders have said that the overall regulatory burden on their organization has increased over the past year, according to a new survey from the MGMA.

Pew Report Digs Deep into Patient Matching Challenges, Recommendations

October 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts outlined several key themes related to patient matching, while also suggesting recommendations to improve matching and the infrastructure needed for more robust progress in the medium and long term.

New ONC Analysis Reveals Progress on FHIR Adoption, Implementation

October 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Adoption and implementation of the HL7 FHIR standard in health IT is steadily progressing, according to a commentary post from ONC leaders.

In Texas, Healthcare Leaders Take a Tech-Enabled Approach to Combat the Opioid Crisis

September 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Healthcare leaders in Texas are taking steps to provide ED care teams at hospitals across the state with technology tools to combat opioid abuse and addiction and provide better patient care.

ONC Announces Recipients of Two Health IT Awards

September 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced awards to two awardees under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT opportunity.

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, a Probing Discussion of the Value of Data Analytics

September 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh on Thursday, a panel of industry leaders considered carefully some of the value-add issues around data analytics—and the implications for healthcare IT leaders nationwide

One New York Regional HIE Opposes Expansion of Another, Highlighting Issues with Competition Among HIEs

September 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A New York regional HIE, HealthlinkNY, has publicly come out against another regional HIE’s plans to expand its services into HealthlinkNY’s market, saying it creates “confusion and uncertainty” in the marketplace.

With Apple’s Launch of an ECG Device, Digital Health Leaders, Cardiologists See Possibilities, and Limitations

September 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Digital health leaders and cardiologists see Apple’s development of an ECG app as a significant step forward with consumer-facing health monitoring devices, while also seeing the technology's limitations.

Senate Passes Opioid Response Bill with Substantial Health IT Elements

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The U.S. Senate yesterday passed The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which includes numerous important health IT provisions, by a vote of 99-1.

At Partners HealthCare, Bringing Digital Transformation to Clinical Care

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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An innovative partnership between Partners and Persistent Systems looks to move the needle on healthcare digital transformation with the development of an industry-wide open-source platform.

On Capitol Hill, Healthcare Leaders Raise Concerns with CMS’ Proposed ACO Rule

September 17, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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During a House subcommittee hearing, healthcare leaders voiced concerns that CMS' proposed changes to the MSSP ACO program will impede progress in the transition to value-based care.

Humana’s CMO Speaks of the “Bold Goal” Embedded in the Company's Population Health Work

September 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Roy Beveridge, M.D., Humana’s chief medical officer, shares his perspectives on the drive to value-based care, population health and addressing social determinants of health.

The Power of Data Exchange as Disaster Strikes: How HIE Leaders Have Prepared for Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Two Southeast HIE executives discuss how they have diligently prepped for Hurricane Florence.

EHR-Compatible Pharmacist Care Plan Standard Opens the Door to Cross-Setting Data Exchange

September 14, 2018  |  Zabrina Gonzaga, R.N., Industry Voice
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To address the issue of trapped pharmacy data, Lantana Consulting Group and Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) developed an electronic document standard for pharmacist care plans.

Health IT Now Pushes for Information Blocking Regulation, Says Administration “Must Uphold its End of the Bargain”

September 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The executive director of Health IT Now, a coalition of healthcare and technology companies, is again criticizing the Trump administration for not yet publishing any regulation on information blockin

The Shock of the New: The Paris Art World of 1916—and the U.S. Healthcare Landscape of 2018

September 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
commentary
What does a revolution in art from a century ago say about the present moment in U.S. healthcare?

Physicians Cite Lack of Interoperability, Documentation Burden as Top EHR Pain Points

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A recent survey of primary and specialty care physicians by Deloitte reveals that physician feedback on how to improve EHRs is often overlooked as physicians continue to be frustrated with EHRs, particularly due to lack of interoperability and the burden of...

Connecticut Receives $12.2M Grant to Build Statewide HIE

September 11, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The State of Connecticut will receive a $12.2 million grant to support ongoing work that will establish Connecticut’s first statewide health information exchange.

AMIA, MGMA, AMGA Offer Comments on CMS’ Latest E&M, Quality Payment Program Proposals

September 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Leading health IT associations have varying sentiments and recommendations for CMS regarding its Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program proposed rule.

Montana Seeks to Roll Out Statewide HIE in 2019

September 9, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The State of Montana's nonprofit Big Sky Care Connect HIE will expand on a pilot effort already under way in Billings.

New Jersey Health Information Network Adds Camden Coalition HIE

September 6, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The health information exchange of New Jersey’s Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is the latest to join the statewide effort, the New Jersey Health Information Network.

A National HIE Leader on Patient Matching, TEFCA and the Future of Health Information Exchanges

September 6, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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San Diego Health Connect’s CEO speaks to Healthcare Informatics about a variety of interoperability and health information exchange issues

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: An Open API Movement Seeks to Create App Ecosystem

August 30, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Regulators, health systems and innovators are working to bring an app ecosystem to healthcare, making the open API movement one of Healthcare Informatics’ Top Tech Trends to watch in 2018.

Congressman Raises Concerns about "Deteriorating, Rudderless” Leadership of VA’s EHR Project

August 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Rep. Jim Banks, chairman on the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, voiced concerns about the “deteriorating and rudderless leadership" of the OEHRM program in a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Could A New Interoperability Wrinkle Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Challenge?

August 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In recent proposed regulations, federal health leaders have clamped down in their ongoing effort to guide stakeholders to greater interoperability.

Announcing Next Gen ACO Results, CMS Administrator Verma Makes the Case for Moving ACOs to Two-Sided Risk

August 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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During a webinar, CMS Administrator Seema Verma touted the results of the Next Gen ACO model as evidence that ACOs succeed under two-sided risk as CMS proposes major changes to MSSP ACO program.

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