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Survey: Infrastructure, Interoperability Key Barriers to Global HIT Development

A new survey report from Black Book Research on global healthcare IT adoption and records systems connectivity finds nations in various phases of regional electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The survey results also reveal rapidly advancing opportunities for U.S.-based and local technology vendors.

Penn Medicine Opens Up Telehealth Hub

Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine has opened its Center for Connected Care to centralize the health system’s telemedicine activities.

Roche to Pay $1.9B for Flatiron Health

Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Roche has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to buy New York-based Flatiron Health Inc., which has both an oncology EHR and data analytics platform.

Financial Exec Survey: Interoperability Key Obstacle to Value-Based Payment Models

Momentum continues to grow for value-based care as nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives report their organizations have achieved positive financial results from value-based payment programs, to date, according to a new study from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Cerner, Children's National to Help UAE Pediatric Center with Health IT

Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital, the only pediatric hospital in the United Arab Emirates, has entered into an agreement with Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Health System to form a health IT strategic partnership.

Telemedicine Association Names New CEO

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has named Ann Mond Johnson its new CEO, replacing Jon Linkous who stepped down suddenly last August after 24 years as the organization’s CEO.

CMS Actuaries: Economic, Demographic Factors Driving Healthcare Spending Growth

New estimates released Wednesday from CMS’s Office of the Actuary project an average annual rate of national health spending growth of 5.5 percent for 2017–2026, outpacing average projected growth in GDP by 1.0 percentage point. As a result, the health share of the economy is projected to climb to 19.7 percent by 2026—up from 17.9 percent in 2016.

Fitbit Moves into Healthcare with Acquisition of Twine Health

Fitbit, Inc. the San Francisco-based wearables brand, is extending its reach into healthcare with the acquisition of Boston-based Twine Health, a connected health platform that provides health coaching to help people manage chronic conditions.

Report: Healthcare Way Behind other Major Sectors in Proper Cybersecurity Protocols

The healthcare industry is one of the lowest performing industries in terms of endpoint security, and the sector as a whole ranks near the bottom in cybersecurity strength compared to other major industries.

NY State HIE Study: Patient Alerts, Query-Based Exchange Doubled in One Year

More healthcare professionals are receiving patient care alerts and increasingly performing related patient record queries through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), according to a new report by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC).

ONC Names Two HITAC Co-Chairs

ONC has announced that Robert Wah, M.D., former AMA president and Carolyn Petersen, senior editor of Mayo Clinic’s health information website, will be the new co-chairs of the government’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).

AAFP Calls on ONC, CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden for Docs

The American Academy of Family Physicians is calling for CMS and ONC to take a number of steps to reduce clinician burden from health information technology.

Franciscan Health, Circulation Partner on Non-Emergency Transportation

Franciscan Alliance, whose hospitals operate under the name of Franciscan Health, has partnered with Circulation to offer non-emergency medical transportation in an effort to reduce 30-day readmissions following patients’ discharges from inpatient stays.

Investigation Launched Following Aetna Medical Director’s Admission of Never Looking at Patients’ Health Records

A former Aetna medical director has admitted to not looking at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care, according to an exclusive investigation by CNN.

Report: Telehealth Adoption Still Lagging, but Healthcare Execs See the Value

More than half of healthcare executives said in a recent survey that they have already implemented telemedicine in their organization, but budgets supporting such initiatives are still modest.

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