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Survey: Physicians Quicker to Adopt Chronic Care Management Program, yet Moving Slow on MACRA

While physician groups in the U.S. are speeding up their adoption of the government’s Chronic Care Management program, they still remain in the dark about the details of MACRA, which the CCM initiative has come to support.

HHS Notice: WannaCry Malware Continues to Impact U.S. Healthcare Orgs

In an email cyber notice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is warning healthcare provider organizations that there are ongoing impacts to the U.S. healthcare sector from the WannaCry malware.

AMIA Launches “Why Informatics?” Campaign

To foster a better understanding of the field of healthcare informatics, the Bethesda, Md.-based American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has launched a new public education campaign entitled ‘Why Informatics?’ to meet the increased demand for knowledge in healthcare.

Study: Lack of Tools, Poor Payer-Physician Alignment Slowing VBC Adoption

While there continues to be progress towards increased adoption of value-based care and payment models, the pace has been slowed by poor alignment between health plans and providers, as well as providers lacking the right tools to close critical gaps in healthcare, according to a new study by Quest Diagnostics and Inovalon.

St. Louis Healthcare Organizations Launch Innovation Lab

Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare in St. Louis are teaming up launch an innovation lab with the aim to bring together a variety of healthcare stakeholders to find solutions to problems that prevent patients from receiving optimal care.

Hackensack Meridian Health Takes on Cancer Care with New Tech Partnership

New Jersey-based Hackensack Meridian Health is collaborating with IBM Watson and health data company Cota with the end goal of helping oncologists make evidence- and outcomes-based clinical decisions for their cancer patients.

HHS Task Force Report: Healthcare Cybersecurity is in Critical Condition

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, which was formed last year following passage of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, issued its final report to Congress June 2 with a number of recommendations to improve cybersecurity across the industry.

Survey: Many Consumers would Consider Leaving Healthcare Provider after Ransomware Attack

In the wake of the WannaCry cyberattack, Carbon Black surveyed 5,000 U.S. consumers to gauge the public’s perception on ransomware, its threshold for paying a ransom, and the expectations consumers have on businesses to keep their data safe.

CancerLinQ Partners with National Cancer Institute on Data Sharing Collaboration

CancerLinQ LLC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced a partnership to facilitate the exchange of information between CancerLinQ participating oncology practices and NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program, one of the primary sources of data on cancer incidence and survival in the United States.

Mount Sinai Spins Out Sema4 to Focus on Genetic Data

Sema4, a company spun out of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, aims to combine comprehensive screening and diagnostic testing, predictive modeling, cutting-edge technologies, and open-access data.

Survey: 70 Percent of Health Plans Bullish on Outcomes-based Contracts

Most health plans have favorable attitudes toward outcomes-based contracts and many are actively pursuing them, according to a new survey from Avalere, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm.

Study: Clinicians Copy and Paste About Half of Text in EHR Progress Notes

A University of California San Francisco Medical Center study found that about 80 percent of the text in a typical progress note is copied or imported by clinicians.

ONC Announces Final Winners of Move Health Data Forward Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the final winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge.

Health IT Now Again Calls for Refocus of ONC’s Oversight Authority

The Health IT Now Coalition has once again written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Tom Price, M.D., urging the federal agency to promote interoperability, reduce regulatory barriers, and refocus the role of the ONC.

eClinicalWorks Will Pay $155M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Electronic health records (EHR) software vendor eClinicalWorks, and some of its employees, will pay $155 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit. The company allegedly violated federal law by misrepresenting the capabilities of its software and for allegedly paying kickbacks to certain customers in exchange for promoting its product, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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