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Group Recommends Faster Paths to Health IT Interoperability

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Health IT interoperability is a key area for elevating health system value identified by a coalition of industry stakeholdersHealth IT interoperability is a key area for elevating health system value identified by a coalition of industry stakeholders....

Health Information Exchange Funds IT Investment for Flint

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Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has committed $250,000 toward connecting all healthcare providers in Genesee County, Michigan to GLHC’s statewide health information exchange. The assistance comes in response to lead contamination of drinking...

On-Demand Care: A Growing Part of Health IT Infrastructure

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The business case for “digital-first” healthcare models appears to be rapidly coalescing. Research from professional services firm Accenture indicates that companies are leveraging an emerging parcel of health IT infrastructure —...

Merger Plan Includes Health Information Exchange Commitment

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If all goes according to plan, Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System will merge in April 2016, forming an as-yet-unnamed health system serving communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The two organizations...

Clinics Wary of Portals Despite Health Data Sharing Benefits

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A qualitative study of provider views on patient portals finds recognition of the technology’s potential to improve patient communication and health information exchange; however, at clinics serving low-income patients, personnel have concerns...

FDA Recognizes Medical Devices in Health IT Infrastructure

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears intent on positioning medical devices within the realm of health IT infrastructure. Twice this month, the FDA has issued draft guidance on medical devices — first on Jan. 22 relating to...

Can Wire Data Monitoring Streamline Health IT Performance?

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While the vast majority of technology professionals would give almost anything to be able to design a fully functional, streamlined, interoperable health IT infrastructure from the ground up, the reality of the reality of the healthcare industry...

Care Management and IT Costs Challenge PCMH Transitions

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Transforming a primary care practice into a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a costly endeavor — to such an extent that the financial challenge may prevent small and independent practices from making the shift, according to a new...

Supporting the Healthcare Data Sets of Tomorrow

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Health IT infrastructure is getting in on potentially game-changing technology. Long derided for its inability to keep pace with sister industries, healthcare stands on the brink of a dynamic shift. Core capabilities leveraged by the likes of...

Federated Network Could Share Data Across Cancer Centers

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A new element in the national health IT infrastructure could be a system that facilitates data and biospecimen sharing among U.S. cancer centers. A team led by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine described in the Dec....

National HIE Connection and App Store in ONC Plans for 2016

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National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, revealed on Dec. 8 two key initiatives intended to catalyze health information exchange and health IT interoperability initiatives during the coming year. Speaking at a Bipartisan Policy Center...

Two-Factor Authentication Gains Stature in IT Infrastructure

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U.S. hospitals are increasingly supporting the health IT infrastructure for two-factor authentication to protect access to electronic protected health information (ePHI). The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) reports in a...

EHRs and mHealth Lead Global Surge in Digital Health

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The global market for digital health technology looks strong over the coming five-year horizon, according to a new report from P&S Market Research. The firm forecasts a compound annual growth rate exceeding 21 percent through 2020, led by...

HIT Infrastructure, Optimization Among Top CIO Concerns

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Among the top current concerns of chief information officers is the build-out of health IT infrastructure needed for participation in value-based care models and population health management. Eight CIOs who participated in the 2015 Scottsdale...

Who’s Ready for VDT Meaningful Use Requirements?

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When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017, it modified Stage 2 patient engagement objectives that require patient action. This was one of the major changes...

Mobile Device Integration: Are Tablets a Dying Breed?

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Smartphones and tablet computers have carved out a respectable slot for use by professionals in healthcare settings. However, if consumer trends are a leading indicator, hospital and health system executives will need to keep a watchful eye on...

Doc Lookup Piloted in Marketplace’s Health IT Infrastructure

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Some visitors to HealthCare.gov will now be part of beta testing for a doctor lookup feature within the health IT infrastructure of the federal insurance marketplace. The pilot project, announced Nov. 3 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

Health Systems Go Heavy on IT Infrastructure Investment

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As health systems position themselves for operation under alternative payment models, they’re increasing investments in health IT infrastructure, according to Premier’s Economic Outlook survey for fall 2015, released on Oct. 29. Overall,...

Why Health IT Integration Must Assist Rural Healthcare

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Rural healthcare providers support approximately 40 to 45 percent of the U.S. population, which extrapolates to 150 million people across America. These organizations operate on the slimmest of financial margins, severely hampering their...

Public Health Reporting Threatened by Workforce Exodus

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Expansive planning for creation of an interoperable health system over the next decade includes a final stage, from 2021-2024, when public health agencies and researchers will leverage real-time data access in development and delivery of cutting-edge...

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