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AHA Calls on CMS to Cancel Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) request for information on CMS flexibilities and efficiencies, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is calling on the agency to further reduce regulatory burdens on hospitals and health systems by cancelling Stage 3 of the meaningful use program.

Two Major Health Systems Invest in Digital Prescribing Platform

Pittsburgh-based UPMC Enterprises and Seattle-based Providence Health & Services are investing in Xealth, a digital healthcare startup whose platform enables physicians and clinicians to prescribe customized digital healthcare content, apps, and services.

Healthix Connects to Private HIEs from Northwell Health and Mount Sinai

Healthix, the nation’s largest public health information exchange (HIE), has connected its public HIE system to private HIEs operated by Northwell Health and the Mount Sinai Health System.

House Committee Apportions $65M for VA-Cerner EHR Modernization

The House Appropriations Committee has cleared the fiscal year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes $65 million for the modernization of the VA electronic health record (EHR) system.

Boston Children’s, Duke Develop App to Help Families Monitor Children’s Health

Teams at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) and Duke Health System collaborated to develop an app, called Caremap, that aims to help parents and families organize and monitor their children’s health. The app is designed to be a resource for families, particularly those whose children have complex medical needs.

Quest Diagnostics Plans to Form Precision Oncology Center of Excellence

Quest Diagnostics is acquiring two laboratory businesses in Lewisville, Texas, with the aim to establish a center of excellence providing diagnostic services to aid the detection and management of cancer for oncologists and patients nationwide.

UCHealth Forms New Applied Decision Science Lab

The UCHealth CARE Innovation Center’s new Applied Decision Science Lab (ADSL) will focus on developing more effective ways to use decision support science to reduce clinical variation, streamline provider workflows, enhance clinician decision making and improve overall patient care.

AMA Confirms Dr. David O. Barbe as Association’s 172nd President

David O. Barbe, M.D., a family physician from Mountain Grove, Mo., was sworn in last night as the 172nd president of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Accenture Report Predicts Five Digital Trends for Healthcare Innovation

Leading healthcare organizations will need to embrace advances in artificial intelligence, digital ecosystems and other technologies to empower consumer experiences and scale health expertise to meet a changing healthcare landscape.

Study Finds Glucose Self-Monitoring Does Not Improve Glycemic Control for Diabetics

Incorporating technology into self-management activities has been touted as potentially transformative for patients, yet one recent study found that diabetic patients who self-monitored their blood glucose levels at home did not control their conditions any better than patients who did not self-monitor.

Consumers Want Online Ease for Healthcare Payments, Report Finds

A new report on the most recent trends in healthcare payments has revealed that consumers are demanding more from healthcare and that paper is hurting all industry stakeholders.

National Quality Forum Issues Draft Telehealth Framework

The National Quality Forum (NQF) issued a report that outlines a measure framework, with a prioritized list of measure concepts, and guiding principles for future telehealth measurement.

Invitae Buys Developer of Online Family History Tool

Invitae Corp., a San Francisco-based genetic information company, has acquired Ommdom Inc., the developer of CancerGene Connect, a platform for collecting and managing genetic family histories.

Survey: Consumers Looking for More Innovation in Healthcare

Many Americans are flagging the need for more innovation in healthcare, although some 41 percent are currently using innovative technology to help manage their health.

Startup Combines Genetic Consultation, Telehealth

A San Francisco-based startup has created an independent network of clinical genomic experts to offer genetic consultation services to patients and providers via telehealth.