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NCQA Moves Into the Population Health Sphere With Two New Programs

The NCQA, known primarily for decades as a nationwide evaluator of managed health plan quality, announced on Monday that it was expanding its reach to encompass the measurement of population health management programs

Report: 30 Percent of Healthcare Databases Exposed Online

Hackers are using the Dark Web to buy and sell personally identifiable information (PII) stolen from healthcare organizations, and exposed databases are a vulnerable attack surface for healthcare organizations, according to a new cybersecurity research report.

Allscripts Sells its Netsmart Stake to GI Partners, TA Associates

Just a few months after Allscripts said it would be selling its majority stake in Netsmart, the health IT company announced today that private equity firm GI Partners, along with TA Associates, will be acquiring the stake held in Netsmart.

Study Links Stress from Using EHRs to Physician Burnout

Physician burnout continues to be a significant issue in the healthcare and healthcare IT industries, and at the same time, electronic health records (EHRs) are consistently cited as a top burnout factor for physicians.

Report: Massachusetts General Hospital Targeting Various Blockchain Use Cases

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

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.

Medicaid Transformation Project Expands to 24 Health Systems

Seven new health systems have joined the Medicaid Transformation Project, a national effort to transform healthcare and related social needs for the nearly 75 million Americans who rely on Medicaid.

Research: AI, Automation Reshaping Healthcare Technology Support

Emerging technologies, such as automation and artificial intelligence (AI), will redesign the way in which tech support firms function in healthcare, according to a Black Book Research survey.

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

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.

Twelve States File First Multistate Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuit

State Attorneys General from a dozen states filed a lawsuit Monday against two health IT companies alleging that poor security practices led to theft of protected health information (PHI) of 3.9 million individuals during a data security incident in 2015.

Study: Physicians’ Use of Telemedicine Still the Exception, not the Rule

In 2016, 15 percent of physicians worked in practices that used telemedicine for patient interactions, such as diagnosing or treating patients, following up with patients, or managing patients with chronic conditions, according to an AMA study.

Aetna, Ascension Join Blockchain Project Aimed at Addressing Provider Data Issues

Following up on a healthcare blockchain project established earlier this year, Aetna and Ascension are now joining the initiative.

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Skeptical of athenahealth, Virence Merger

Healthcare organization leaders are expressing some initial skepticism about the merger of athenahealth with Virence Health Technologies, as a result of Veritas Capital and Elliott Management’s recent acquisition of athenahealth.

ResMed Buys Propeller Health, Provider of Digital Platform for Asthma, COPD

San Diego-based ResMed (NYSE: RMD) (ASX: RMD), a provider of cloud-connected medical devices and out-of-hospital software-as-a-service solutions, has agreed to pay $225 million for Propeller Health, which provides connected health solutions for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.

Survey: Providers Remain Challenged with Optimizing Revenue Cycle-Related EHR Functions

Healthcare providers continue to focus on technology to spearhead revenue cycle improvements, but remain challenged with optimizing electronic health record (EHR) functionality, according to new research


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