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  • Challenges and Opportunities: Genomic Data, Patient Care, and the Cloud

    Patient care organizations are moving forward to connect the academic research arms of their universities to the patient care delivery operations in their clinical organizations. And that is leading both to opportunities and challenges.

    On the opportunity side, genomic data is now actively being used for rare disease diagnosis; for cancer detection; for the tracking of mutations; and for medication selection for patients.

  • The Emerging Landscape of Data in Healthcare: Time for a Reset?

    The landscape around data in healthcare right now is one of those “glass half-full, glass half-empty” stories. The good news is that there’s more data available than ever before. The bad news? It’s largely still disorganized and unavailable in the ways that patient care organizations and clinicians on the front lines of patient care need it.

    The vast majority of healthcare IT leaders agree — data that organizations have and use largely remains inadequately organized for optimal use in creating the clinical and operational transformation in U.S. healthcare.

  • Electronic Consent: Setting a New Standard for Informed Consent

    The Direct Impact on Satisfaction, Compliance, Productivity, and Cost

    The inefficiencies inherent to paper-based consent form processes can result in missing or improperly scanned forms. This leads to delays and inconsistencies, drains the valuable time of clinicians, exposes hospitals to risk, and ultimately, impacts patient safety.

    For many health systems, enhancing the informed consent process is directly tied to key strategic initiatives, such as patient safety, cost savings, and risk management.

  • Are You a Data Blocker? How to Fit into ONC’s New Interoperability Framework and Regulation

    By the end of this year, ONC’s implementation and interpretation of data blocking will also be published and available for comment, as was the case with the TEFCA proposed rule. The TEFCA final rule is also anticipated by the end of 2018.

    HOWEVER…there’s still time to prepare for TEFCA and the data blocking regulation, and final rules for both in the coming months will set concrete timelines, and for TEFCA it will be interesting to see how ONC reacts to stakeholder comments, internal and external.

  • 1+1>2: Accelerating the Value of your EHR Investment with Analytics

    Today's EHR alone is insufficient to succeed in value-based care. That's why hospitals and health systems are choosing to layer on an analytics platform.  In this paper and embedded, on-demand webinar, Geneia details what EHRs are good at and what they’re not, as well as how the EHR coupled with an analytics platform enables healthcare organizations to much more easily perform the critical functions for value-based care.

  • Who Can Healthcare Trust When Ransomware Hits?

    WannaCry and Petya caused business impact for several organizations and in both cases the damage was largely mitigated across the industry. This information is widely known.

    What is not widely known is what the role of information sharing was between private industry and the public sector specifically between the NH-ISAC Threat Intelligence Committee members (TIC) and the HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (HCCIC).

  • Geisinger Addresses Opioid Abuse While Achieving Cost Savings of About $1M per Month with EPCS

    Geisinger Health System—a 767-bed health system that serves three million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey—has innovated and led the way with their holistic approach to reducing opioid abuse.

    Among the initiatives Geisinger implemented to address the opioid abuse epidemic is electronic prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS).  By taking the prescription out of the patient’s hands and sending it directly to the pharmacy, EPCS: