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Protenus: Improvement Seen in Reporting Data Breaches to HHS

Over the past few months, healthcare organizations are taking less time to report their data breaches to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

At UTMC, Data-Driven “Meds to Beds” Program Leads to 20 Percent Drop in Readmission Rates

University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is leveraging data analytics to improve medication compliance and patient outcomes. Through its use of a health care data integration and analytics platform, UTMC has reported a 20 percent reduction in the readmissions rate among patients who were identified to be at high risk for readmission.

Bipartisan Policy Center Issues Health IT Safety Recommendations

In order to advance health IT safety, healthcare industry stakeholders need to launch a coordinated effort, supported by public and private sector funding, to set health It safety priorities, drawing upon existing reporting and analysis efforts, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report.

Global EHR Market to Hit $33B by 2025, Report Finds

The global electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to reach $33.4 billion by 2025, according to new analysis from Research and Markets.

Change Healthcare Becomes First HIT Org to Join Blockchain Collaborative at Top Level

Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology, has announced that Change Healthcare has become the first healthcare organization to join at the initiative’s top membership level.

UChicago Medicine, Google Collaborating to Use Machine Learning, EHRs to Reduce Readmissions

The University of Chicago Medicine is collaborating with Google on an initiative that focuses on using new machine-learning techniques to create predictive models that could help prevent unplanned hospital readmissions, avoid costly complications and save lives.

Pilot Projects Link PCORnet, FDA’s Sentinel Program

Two pilot projects under way are seeking to demonstrate the value of data linkage between the Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) and other distributed networks, such as the FDA’s Sentinel program.

Report: Despite Uncertainty, Healthcare Execs Focused on Value-Based Care Strategies

Despite current uncertainties in the healthcare market, heightened by the recent passage of the Republican-led healthcare bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, most health system leaders are sticking to their existing business strategies, and will keep their organizations moving towards value-based care, according to a new leadership survey by national healthcare advisory firm BDC Advisors.

Report: Clinical, IT Leaders Need to Increase Collaboration on IT Investments

A HIMSS Analytics and Vocera survey report examines the collaboration between clinical and IT leaders on clinical IT investments and also has some interesting findings on the extent that clinical IT contributes to care team, and IT team, burnout.

Legislation that Would Expand Telehealth Use, Access Passes Easily in Senate Committee

The Senate Finance Committee, with unanimous approval, has passed bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services for chronic care patients in Medicare.

California Telehealth Network Partners With OCHIN

OCHIN, a Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit health IT, research, and innovation organization, has formed a partnership with the California Telehealth Network.

DSS, Inc. Awarded $19 Million VA Contract to Develop Mobile Patient Scheduling Tool

Juno Beach, Fla.-based health IT company Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.) has been awarded a $19.6 million contract to install an online patient self-scheduling system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

CMS Announces CPC+ Model Will Expand to Four New Regions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center has announced four new regions in which practices will be eligible to apply for the agency’s new five-year Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model as part of Round 2 of the CPC+ initiative.

Healthcare Groups ask Price to Include MA Arrangements as Advanced APMs in MACRA

Several healthcare organizations have written a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D., requesting that more Medicare Advantage (MA) arrangements count as MACRA advanced alternative payment models.

Califf Joins Verily, Leads New Duke Health Data Science Center

Robert Califf, M.D., who stepped down as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, has been named the director of a new cross-campus center at Duke University for integrated health data science.

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