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Portland Clinic Boosts Communication about Emergency Department Visits

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The Portland Clinic was getting piecemeal notifications about emergency department (ED) visits by its patients, which was causing gaps in treatment at the hospitals as well as in follow-up care at the clinic. To help fix the problem, the...

ONC Proposes Certification Criteria for Developers of Healthcare APIs

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ONC is laying out certification criteria for app developers in developing standardized healthcare APIs to allow individuals to securely access structured and unstructured electronic health information (EHI) using smartphones and other...

Digital Health Is Strategic Priority for Healthcare Investors

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Close to two-thirds of healthcare business leaders and investors said digital health is a strategic priority for them, with 63 percent planning to invest more in the future. A full 83 percent of 441 respondents to a global survey by...

Some Rural Hospitals Lack Health IT Infrastructure for CMS PIP

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In its recently released Rural Report, the American Hospital Association (AHA) cautions that some rural hospitals lack the health IT infrastructure required to meet the CMS Promoting Interoperability Program (PIP), formerly called the...

Digital Health Innovators Need to Deliver Results This Year

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Digital health innovators will need to start delivering tangible results, not just hype, for consumers this year, judged the HIMSS 2019 Healthcare Trends Report. The report predicted that digital health innovations that will start having...

AHIMA Warns About Burden on Rural Hospitals from HHS EHR Proposals

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is warning that a number of recommendations in HHS’s draft report Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs...

Healthcare Interoperability Will Be Focus of HIMSS19 Confab

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In less than two weeks, more than 45,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives, vendors, journalists, and others will descend on Orlando, Florida, for the 2019 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition. Healthcare...

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Legacy IT Infrastructure in 2020

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Microsoft is ending support for its legacy IT infrastructure products Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on Jan. 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide regular security updates for those products. Microsoft is...

OBHG Boosts Clinician Engagement with Ob Exchange Platform

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Greenville, South Carolina-based OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG) wanted to build a collaborative website that would improve clinician engagement for its 740 clinicians in more than 165 partner hospitals across 32 states. It was looking for a...

Enhanced IT Infrastructure Key Element in Healthcare Interoperability

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A cost-effective, enhanced IT infrastructure is one of the key elements outlined in a new report laying out an agenda to promote healthcare interoperability prepared by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and six other national...

Poorly Designed EHR Systems Are Major Cause of Physician Burnout

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Poorly designed EHR systems are a significant factor in physician burnout, which is becoming a crisis in healthcare, according to Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, physician, and Harvard faculty...

Healthcare IT Spending Priorities Include Big Data Analytics, AI

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Top IT spending priorities for healthcare executives are accelerating digital transformation, investing in big data analytics and artificial intelligence, and modernizing IT infrastructure, according to the third annual...

Senator Criticizes Cuts to VA Health IT Infrastructure Budget

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Proposed budget cuts to IT projects could undercut healthcare IT infrastructure modernization requirements of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a key senator is warning. In a Jan. 11 letter sent to recently confirmed Veterans...

DoD Health Data Exchange Gets Bridge Contract As GAO Hears Appeal

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The Department of Interior has awarded a six-month sole-source “sustainment bridge” contract for continued operation and maintenance of the Defense Medical Information Exchange (DMIX) system, which enables the Department of...

ONC Updates ISA Reference Edition on Healthcare Interoperability

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ONC has released its updated healthcare interoperability standards, incorporating industry feedback into the 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition. ONC solicited industry feedback on the draft ISA Reference...

Tahoe Forest Health Selects Aruba Over Cisco for Healthcare Network

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Tahoe Forest Health System has decided to replace its current Cisco network with an Aruba mobile-first healthcare network for its two critical access hospitals and six specialty clinics. Tahoe Forest expects to save between $750,000...

Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Networking Standard Could Be Healthcare Game Changer

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The next-generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless networking standard could be a game changer for healthcare organizations operating many bandwidth-intensive connected devices. This week the Wi-Fi Alliance introduced Wi-Fi Certified 6,...

ONC Urges Progress in Upgrading US Health IT Infrastructure

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Collaboration and innovation are vital to progress in upgrading the US health IT infrastructure, said ONC in its annual report to Congress. The report backed full support for implementing the health IT provisions of the...

Rush System Launches First 5G Wireless Network in US Hospital

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Chicago-based Rush System for Health is teaming with AT&T to become the first US hospital to use a standards-based 5G wireless network in a healthcare environment, the health system announced Jan. 8. Using AT&T’s cloud-based...

Health IT Infrastructure Investment Key to NHS Long-Term Plan

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UK National Health Service (NHS) plans to invest a substantial amount of money in upgrading its health IT infrastructure to make digital health services a mainstream part of the NHS in the next five years, according to its long-term...

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