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Humana Refines Diabetes Risk Stratification Tool Using ICD-10

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In an effort to improve the delivery of targeted chronic disease management services to diabetes patients, Humana has revamped its Diabetes Complications Severity Index (DCSI) risk stratification tool to use ICD-10 codes, the payer detailed in...

CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

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Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

AHIMA: ONC Funding Key for Interoperability, Precision Medicine

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As Congress continues the contentious debate over the federal budget for fiscal year 2018, AHIMA is urging lawmakers not to hamstring the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) by cutting interoperability and data standards development funding...

UVA Gene Mutation Research Method Speeds Precision Medicine

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A team from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has developed a quicker way to examine the impact of gene mutation on patient health, potentially changing the way cancer labs conduct research into precision medicine and personalized...

KLAS: Epic Systems, Cerner Lead EHR Vendors in Sepsis Analytics

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Hospitals searching for clinical analytics and patient surveillance tools for combating sepsis give high marks to functionalities provided by Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, KLAS Research says in a new report.  The two competitors,...

athenahealth EHR App Marketplace Grows, Targets Patient mHealth

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The recent flurry of interest in public application programming interfaces (APIs) as a way to connect disparate health data has prompted electronic health record vendors to open the floodgates to third-party developers with bright ideas about...

Cherokees Sue McKesson, CVS, Wal-Mart for Lax Opioid Monitoring

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The Cherokee Nation has filed a lawsuit in tribal court against several large pharmacy chains and healthcare providers for their alleged role in allowing opioids to flood into Native American communities, contributing to the widespread epidemic...

Patient Safety Errors are Common with Electronic Health Record Use

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Electronic health record users are highly prone to making medication errors that negatively impact patient safety, says the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in a recent report.  Close to 70 percent of all medication errors reach the...

HHS Distributes $458M in 21st Century Cures Opioid Abuse Grants

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HHS is planning to boost the fight against opioid abuse and addiction on a large scale by preparing to disburse $485 million in grant funding to all 50 states and every US territory.  The funding stems from the 21st Century Cures Act and...

Why an “Empty Desire” for Big Data is Inhibiting Value-Based Care

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For the most part, the healthcare industry has embraced the idea that access to big data is a critical part of doing business in the modern care environment.  But there’s a major difference between having big data and leveraging it...

AMA: Real EHR Data in Med School Will Boost “Informatics IQ”

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The American Medical Association is continuing its efforts to modernize the medical school experience by partnering with the Regenstrief Institute to integrate electronic health records more deeply into physician education. As part of the AMA’s...

CVS Retail Clinics, VA Partner for Care Coordination, Access

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Phoenix-area veterans who typically receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a new option for minor ailments: a local CVS Minute Clinic.  In an effort to improve care coordination and expand access to care for veterans,...

Wearable Devices, Machine Learning Detect Signs of Stroke

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A combination of wearable devices and a machine learning algorithm to interpret a common test for signs of stroke could provide an accurate and reliable way to identify patients with motor pathway damage, finds a study published this week in...

Top 4 Ways to Use Blockchain for Healthcare Data Management

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Along with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, blockchain has rapidly risen to become one of the healthcare industry’s most talked-about technologies.  The distributed ledger methodology promises...

EHRs, Value-Based Care Constrain Personalized Medicine Progress

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Oncologists are eager to embrace the potential of personalized medicine and genetically-driven precision therapies, but face many of the technical, administrative, and reimbursement challenges that afflict their peers in other specialties, finds...

Physician Portal Aids Data Exchange for Stand-Alone Hospital

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While much of the healthcare industry is turning to mergers, acquisitions, and economies of scale to combat the financial challenges of value-based care, there are still more than a few organizations that have committed to operational independence....

ONC Highlights Its Precision Medicine Initiative Collaborations

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The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is alive and well at the Office of the National Coordinator, where partnerships with other key government agencies are laying the big data groundwork for more personalized care.  Collaborations with...

AMIA, Dryad Partner for Healthcare Research Big Data Access

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The American Medical Informatics Association and the Dryad Digital Repository have announced a new partnership that will expand the availability of healthcare research big data for the validation, repetition, and expansion of published studies....

As FHIR Matures, Healthcare Interoperability Comes into Focus

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR, has quickly seared itself into the consciousness of the health IT industry, becoming one of the most promising methodologies for open, seamless data exchange. In just a few...

NH Population Health Management Program Cuts Overdoses by 34%

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A population health management program in Nashua, New Hampshire that focuses on care coordination for substance abuse patients has reduced overdoses and fatalities in the region by 34 percent while saving nearly $2 million in utilization costs....

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