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Davies Award Winners at HIMSS15

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Short Headline:  Davies Award Winners at HIMSS15

Healthcare IT News catches up with recipients of the 2015 HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence which recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations who have utilized health information technology to improve patient outcomes and achieve ROI.

 

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Thumbnail:  Davies Award Winners at HIMSS15 Healthcare IT News catches up with recipients of the 2015 HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, recognizing outstanding achievement of organizations who have utilized health information technology to improve patient outcomes and achieve ROI. Healthcare IT News video/davies-award-winners-himss15

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21st Century Cures Act

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:10
21st Century Cures Act

We are in a time of great turmoil in healthcare IT policy making. We have the CMS and ONC Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for Meaningful Use Stage 3, both of which need to be radically pared down.

Policy and Legislation 21st Century Cures Act Few want to publicly criticize the 21st Century Cures Act. John Halamka, MD is happy to serve as the lightening rod for this discussion, pointing out the assumptions that are unlikely to be helpful and most likely to be hurtful. Healthcare IT News blog/21st-century-cures-act

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Cyberattackers swipe data of 1.1M at CareFirst

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:06
It took a health insurance company almost a year to notify some 1.1 million of its members that their personal data had been swiped by hackers. What's more, the cyberattack wasn't even detected in-house.    The Baltimore, Md.-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield health plan announced the cyberattack May 20, despite the attack occurring back in June 2014.    Privacy & Security

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Allscripts to cut 250 jobs

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:58

Chicago-based EHR company Allscripts will lay off 250 employees across the company, the Triangle Business Journal reports.

The cuts are across the company's services, support, solutions management and selling, general and administrative functions, according to the TBJ.

Workforce

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The radical potential of open source programming in healthcare

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:49
The radical potential of open source

Everyone wants personalized healthcare. From the moment they enter their primary care clinic they have certain expectations that they want met in regards to their personalized medical care.

Most physicians are adopting a form of electronic healthcare, and patient records are being converted to a digital format. But electronic health records pose interesting problems related to sorting through vast amounts of patient data.

Electronic Health Records The radical potential of open source programming in healthcare Open source programming languages have the ability to radically change the medical landscape. Indeed, open source languages may change the way EHRs function...for the better. Healthcare IT News blog/radical-potential-open-source-programming-healthcare

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Coast Guard hit for slack PHI security

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:08

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General, an independent government watchdog, has found the Coast Guard seriously lagging in its efforts to protect personal health information.

The problem in a nutshell? It has not made it a health data security a priority.

Privacy & Security

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ACO offers population health pointers for beginners

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:33

Advocate Health Care in Illinois has 13 hospitals and one of the largest accountable care organizations in the U.S., including a Medicare Shared Savings ACO, a combined full-risk HMO and a commercial ACO contract with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois. All in all, its accountable care footprint covers 528,000 lives.

Population Health

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ICD-10: Reality and rhetoric

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:52

For healthcare executives and political aficionados following the latest proposed legislation that could affect ICD-10’s fate, it’s time to recognize three critical facts.

ICD-10 & Coding

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Welltok acquires Predilytics

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:05

As it aims to broaden its predictive analytics and personalized health capabilities, Welltok, developer of the CaféWell health optimization platform, has acquired Burlington, Mass.-based Predilytics.

[See also: Watson kicks it up a notch for Welltok]

Analytics

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EHR vendors eye solo docs for Apple Watch apps

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:04

The small physician practice isn't what it used to be. Today, solo docs and small practices are most likely a bit more technologically savvy and open to mHealth. And because of it, an increasing number of small EHR vendors are targeting them with new cloud-based platforms, chief among them Apple Watch apps.

Mobile

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New report cards rate health insurers

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:29

Payer report cards released today by health IT company athenathealth and healthcare marketing communications firm ReviveHealth show payers strong on operational performance, but lacking in provider trust.

Humana ranks No. 1 in overall performance among major payers, according to athenahealth's PayerView Report, followed by Aetna and Cigna.

Claims Processing

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Thoughts on fixing the patient waiting game

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:42

Recently a friend of mine posted this note on Facebook:

Waited for fifty minutes today to see my doctor before walking out due to time constraints. Thought it would have been nice to tell me when I first walked in how long the wait time was going to be. Is this just the expectation now with doctors – that they are running behind and you'll wait however long you have to?

Patient Engagement

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5 hurdles en route to population health

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:00

The term "population health" is at fever pitch these days. But just like so many buzzwords, an exact definition remains unclear.

Is it the transition to value-based care? Reduced readmissions? The emergence of care management platforms? Affecting change on a large-scale, such as the smoking ban in New York City and elsewhere? The consumerization and hybridization of care delivery? All of the above? 

Population Health

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ConCert Interoperability Certification at HIMSS15

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:44
Short Headline:  ConCert Certification at HIMSS15

Anuj Desai explains ConCert by HIMSS and how it enables the reliable exchange of data between EHRs and HIEs.

 

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Thumbnail:  ConCert Interoperability Certification at HIMSS15 Anuj Desai explains ConCert by HIMSS and how it enables the reliable exchange of data between EHRs and HIEs. Healthcare IT News video/concert-interoperability-certification-himss15

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Healthcare's 'Internet of Things' should be the 'Security of Things'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:37
IoT should be 'Security of Things'

Mobile devices in healthcare institutions are giving rise to new data security and liability risks. Connected devices – another way of describing "The Internet of Things" – present many of the same security and privacy breach rises aspects, and even greater risks because the devices are designed to act automatically without active human direction.

Six fundamental questions therefore need to be asked about connected devices.

Privacy & Security Healthcare's 'Internet of Things' should be the 'Security of Things' Mobile devices in healthcare institutions are giving rise to new data security and liability risks. Connected devices -- another way of describing "The Internet of Things" -- present many of the same security and privacy breach rises aspects. Healthcare IT News blog/healthcares-internet-things-should-be-security-things

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Half of medical errors in pediatric cases are preventable

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:14
A trigger tool developed to scan the electronic medical record of pediatric patients was able to identify that 45 percent of patient medical errors that caused harm were most likely preventable.    Quality and Safety

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John Muir Health taps new CISO

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:28

John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, Calif., has hired Thomas August as chief information security officer. An information security executive with more than 20 years of experience, August assumed his new duties April 13.

Privacy & Security

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Q&A: Kaiser Permanente CIO Dick Daniels

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:19

Dick Daniels, who took the reins as Kaiser Permanente's executive vice president and chief information officer this February, explains how IT is a principle means by which KP’s institutional goals are met.

[See also: Kaiser appoints new IT chief]

Electronic Health Records

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ICD-10: Heritage Foundation strikes hard at mandate

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:18

The list of organizations lining up against ICD-10 is growing -- as is the ferocity of their tone, as the latest in the fray is a conservative think tank that's calling on Congress to abandon the code set transition.

That would be the Heritage Foundation, with its new report titled, "The New Disease Classification (ICD-10): Doctors and Patients will Pay," which makes some rather strong recommendations.

ICD-10 & Coding

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Surescripts attains digital breakthrough

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:05

Surescripts processed 6.5 billion health data transactions in 2014, a feat that the network's officials say marks a major digital transformation of U.S. healthcare.

Surescripts reports in its 2014 National Progress Report that its network handled more transactions over the past year than American Express (6 billion) and PayPal (4.2 billion).

Quality and Safety

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