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Andy Slavitt at HIMSS15: 'Modernize the healthcare infrastructure'

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:08

Speaking at HIMSS15 on Thursday, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said providers will need to evolve in order to benefit from value-based reimbursement, and "will need technology to help them get there."

Accountable Care

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Cerner adds FHIR power

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:34

Health IT giant Cerner is working with Geisinger Health System and xG Health Solutions, Geisinger's commercial spinoff, to enable the use of emerging SMART on FHIR industry standards. The idea is to facilitate use of software applications across open platform EHRs, such as Cerner Millennium.

Interoperability

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Kaiser promises 900 jobs for Atlanta

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:48

Kaiser Permanente will open a new health IT campus in midtown Atlanta. The move is expected to create 900 new IT jobs by 2019, bringing Kaiser Permanente's total presence in Georgia to more than 4,000 employees and physicians.

"We're thrilled that Kaiser Permanente is bringing new jobs to Atlanta," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "Kaiser Permanente recognizes

Workforce

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Healthcare's Black Swan?

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:44
Healthcare's Black Swan?

Is there a Black Swan gliding unseen through the corridors of healthcare? Could a sudden information revolution trigger rapid evolution and change – even a collapse among some of the massive health systems dominating today’s landscape?

Interoperability Healthcare's Black Swan? Is there a Black Swan gliding unseen through the corridors of healthcare? Healthcare IT News blog/healthcares-black-swan

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HIMSS15: Full Event Highlights

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:10
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Get a glimpse of all the highlights from this year's HIMSS Annual Conference in Chicago.

Thumbnail:  HIMSS15: Full Event Highlights Get a glimpse of all the highlights from this year's HIMSS Annual Conference in Chicago. Healthcare IT News video/himss15-full-event-highlights

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DeSalvo at HIMSS15: 'True interoperability, not just exchange'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:41

In her keynote Thursday morning at HIMSS15, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said it's now time to "focus beyond adoption" of health IT and create an interoperable, learning health system "upon the strong foundation we all have built."

Interoperability

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HIMSS15: Wednesday Highlights

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:06
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All the action from day four of the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition.

Thumbnail:  HIMSS15: Wednesday Highlights All the action from day four of the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Healthcare IT News video/himss15-wednesday-highlights

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George W. Bush on health IT: 'Logical solutions become inevitable'

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:03

Former President George W. Bush took the stage at HIMSS15 on Wednesday afternoon for a conversation with HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber.

Interoperability

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Ricky Bloomfield at HIMSS15

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:51
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Ricky Bloomfield, Director of Mobile Technology Strategy at Duke Health, talks about how HealthKit has been integrated with their system and plans they have moving forward.

Thumbnail:  Ricky Bloomfield at HIMSS15 Ricky Bloomfield, Director of Mobile Technology Strategy at Duke Health, talks about how HealthKit has been integrated with their system and plans they have moving forward. Healthcare IT News video/ricky-bloomfield-himss15

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HIMSS15: Wednesday Highlights

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:42
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  • Click to EnlargeGeorge W. Bush spoke to HIMSS15 attendees in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place on Wednesday.
Wednesday highlights from HIMSS15 in Chicago including the George W. Bush keynote. Year:  2013 HIMSS15: Wednesday Highlights Wednesday highlights from HIMSS15 in Chicago including the George W. Bush keynote. Healthcare IT News slideshow/himss15-wednesday-highlights

David Higginson at HIMSS15

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:41

David Higginson, CIO, Phoenix Children's Hospital, talks about the Quippe clinical documentation tool which produced a 30% jump in the number of patients his hospital's general pediatrics unit could see in the first two weeks of use.

Thumbnail:  David Higginson at HIMSS15 David Higginson, CIO, Phoenix Children's Hospital, talks about the Quippe clinical documentation tool which produced a 30% jump in the number of patients his hospital's general pediatrics unit could see in the first two weeks of use. Healthcare IT News video/david-higginson-himss15

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A genomic CDS takes shape at Intermountain

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:17

Breakthroughs in genetic research represent an exciting frontier for medicine. But in these early stages, the need for more clinical data is clear. And the obvious place to look for this data is in hospital EHRs.

Clinical

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Carla Smith's closing remarks at HIMSS15

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:44
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Carla Smith reflects on a record-setting HIMSS Annual Conference with over 40,000 attendees and more than 1,300 exhibiting companies.

Thumbnail:  Carla Smith's closing remarks at HIMSS15 Carla Smith reflects on a record-setting HIMSS Annual Conference with over 40,000 attendees and more than 1,300 exhibiting companies. Healthcare IT News video/carla-smiths-closing-remarks-himss15

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Vital launches Vitality Solutions at HIMSS15

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:57

(SPONSORED) As part of Vitality Solutions, Vitality IQ™ Imaging Operations and Vitrea® Vitality Business Intelligence were introduced to help healthcare admins improve operations and receive actionable insight into the health, performance, and utilization of Vitrea imaging systems.

Thumbnail:  Vital launches Vitality Solutions at HIMSS15 As part of Vitality Solutions, Vitality IQ™ Imaging Operations and Vitrea® Vitality Business Intelligence were introduced to help healthcare admins improve operations and receive actionable insight into the health, performance, and utilization of Vitrea imaging systems. Healthcare IT News video/vital-launches-vitality-solutions-himss15

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HIMSS15: Tuesday Highlights

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:21

All the action from day three of the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition.

Thumbnail:  HIMSS15: Tuesday Highlights All the action from day three of the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Healthcare IT News video/himss15-tuesday-highlights

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A dispatch from HIMSS

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 08:50

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend HIMSS this year because a special request from Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel. He asked me to serve with Roni Zeiger (Smart Patients, Google Health) and John Mattison (CMIO of Kaiser) as co-presenters for the first annual Marc Shuman Anti-Medical School Lecture in San Francisco, sponsored by the Grove Foundation. When Andy calls, you listen.

Interoperability A dispatch from HIMSS John Halamka, MD, was not able to attend HIMSS15, but his second-in-command Many Tandon, was on-site at the conference. He sends this analysis of the key themes at HIMSS15. Healthcare IT News blog/dispatch-himss-0

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Hot topics, cool afterparties and more at HIMSS15

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:10

I am happy to share that I survived my first three days of HIMSS15! I think this is my 10th HIMSS conference, and this year’s event is as fast, furious and exhausting as ever. Here are a few quick, random impressions in no particular order:

Hot topics

Meaningful Use

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Report: Healthcare state of security a mixed bag

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:45

Let’s face it: Security has never really been the healthcare industry’s strong suit. It’s been criticized for outdated technology, behind-the-times encryption policies, insider snooping woes and now, more recently, hacker misfortune. In Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, analysts put healthcare security under the microscope and identified the industry’s biggest security threats, top security shortcomings and the actions it needs to take to get its house in order.

Privacy & Security

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NFL completes technology integration

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:15

With all 32 teams live with an interoperable EHR and related systems, the National Football League is gaining ground in several areas related to player health and safety.

Matthew Matava, MD, immediate past president of the NFL Physicians Society, and Michelle McKenna-Doyle, chief information officer at the NFL, discussed at a HIMSS15 "View from the Top" session on Tuesday how those technologies are speeding up injury assessment and streamlining care coordination

Electronic Health Records

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ICD-10: What's different this time?

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:12

The healthcare industry is now closer than it’s ever been to an ICD-10 compliance deadline — if only in calendar days. Whereas the previous pair of delays each came approximately seven months ahead of the former respective deadlines, today we are barely more than 5 months away from the ominous First of October.  

But other than that is anything actually different this time?

Well, yes, according to several industry veterans who have spun around the seemingly endless ICD-10 track before.

ICD-10 & Coding

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