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Survey: Hospital CEOs See Digital Innovation as Critical, But Significant Roadblocks Remain

More than 75 percent of C-level executive healthcare leaders believe that digital innovation is important to an organization’s long-term strategy, but more than half acknowledge that they are holding off on innovation due to lack of capital and fear of creating unintended operational burdens.

New Patient-Centered Studies Take Advantage of PCORnet Infrastructure

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) board of governors recently approved $27 million in grant funding for several patient-centered research studies that take advantage of the expanding informatics infrastructure of PCORnet.

Nurses, Physicians Use Personal Devices Even When BYOD is Prohibited

Some seven in 10 (71 percent) hospitals now allow BYOD (bring your own device) in the workplace, according to a new survey, which also found that some healthcare professionals use personal devices for work even when BYOD is not allowed.

In Op-Ed, CMS Signals “New Direction” for Innovation Center, Issues Request for Information

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the Trump Administration plans to lead the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation “in a new direction” to give providers more flexibility with new payment models and to increase healthcare competition.

ONC Seeking Feedback on Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking comment on the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) in advance of the 2018 Reference Edition publication.

Paragon EHR Users Divided on Impact of Allscripts-McKesson Deal

Among current users of McKesson’s Paragon electronic medical record (EMR) system, confidence about Allscripts’ future development of Paragon varies, with current Paragon users equally split on Allscripts ability to improve the technology, according to a new Flash Insights report released by KLAS Research.

Report: Threat Intelligence is “Essential” To Strong IT Security Posture

Amid growing concerns of large-scale cyber attacks, information technology (IT) leaders recognize the increasing importance of threat intelligence in the detection and mitigation of cybersecurity threats, yet organizations continue to struggle with insufficient expertise, data overload and inadequate threat sharing.

RCM Technology Companies Navicure, ZirMed Announce Merger

Healthcare revenue cycle management technology companies Navicure, based in Duluth, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky-based ZirMed announced last week that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine companies.

Survey: 1 in 3 Healthcare Consumers Lack Easy Access to Medical Records

A survey of more than 1,100 healthcare consumers found that 97 percent across all age and gender demographics are familiar with cloud technology, yet 31 percent cannot easily access their medical records and only half of those can access medical records online via their healthcare provider, according to a report from Ambra Health.

Most Medicare Plan Members Unsure if Telemedicine is Offered

Nearly six in 10 (57 percent) of Medicare health plan members aged 65 and over said they are unsure if their health plan offers telemedicine, while another 31 percent said that telemedicine is not offered by their plan, according to a recent survey.

Lack of Good Data an Obstacle to Healthcare Cost Transformation Efforts

More than 50 percent of hospitals and health systems do not have an adequate cost reduction goal in place, and a lack of good data and insight into costs may be the primary reason for the low-cost reduction goals and limited progress at organizations, according to a recent report from Skokie, Ill.-based managing consulting firm Kaufman Hall.

HIEs Could Help Cut Billions in Medicare Spending, New Research Finds

Health information exchanges (HIEs) have the potential to cut billions in Medicare spending, particularly in those healthcare markets that have established HIE infrastructures, according to new research.

Nurse Education Programs Increasingly Using New Tech, Survey Finds

A new survey on technology utilization in nursing education has found a significant increase in the use of virtual simulation and other new technologies, according to global information services company Wolters Kluwer Health.

PeraHealth Joins Epic’s ‘App Orchard’

PeraHealth, a provider of predictive, real-time clinical surveillance solutions, has joined Epic’s “App Orchard,” a site where third-party developers can learn about Epic's application programming interfaces (APIs) and list their apps for Epic customers to explore and access.

Swedish Cancer Institute to Strengthen Delivery of Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer Care

The Seattle-based Swedish Cancer Institute and precision medicine company GNS Healthcare have announced a machine learning collaboration with the aim to strengthen, accelerate, and potentially expand the delivery of precision medicine in breast cancer care.

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