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Enthusiasm for Cutting Admissions May Harm Medicare Patients

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Reducing the number of hospital admissions resulting from emergency department visits is a major cost-cutting goal for healthcare organizations, but Medicare patients may not benefit much from the indiscriminate application of this policy. New...

Mismatched Symptoms Call EHR Data Integrity into Question

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A new study published in JAMA this month indicates that EHR data may not be completely aligned with what patients report to their providers. Eye health researchers from Michigan Medical School investigating EHR data integrity found that just...

CT Hospital, State Prescription Monitoring System Connect Via EHR

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EHR users at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center will be able to access data from the statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) in order to aid clinical decision support and improve patient safety, the hospital announced this...

Health IT Helps CA Children’s Hospital Win HIMSS Davies Award

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The Children's Hospital of Orange County has joined an elite group of HIMSS Davies Award winners by demonstrating commitment to patient safety and care quality while leveraging health IT tools at an advanced level.   "CHOC has made...

Adult Vaccine Project Produces Population Health Best Practices

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The majority of patients know that vaccines play a critically important role in population health management by protecting children against serious communicable diseases.  But fewer realize that regular adult immunizations are similarly...

95% See Population Health as Critical, but Worry about Payment

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While the vast majority of healthcare organizations view population health management as a critical part of their financial future, providers are experiencing several challenges as they try to implement these strategies, including policy and...

Epic Systems Wins Best Overall Health IT Suite in KLAS Rankings

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Epic Systems has extended its “Best in KLAS” winning streak yet again after being named the top Overall Software Suite by the ranking company for the seventh consecutive year.  The Verona, Wisconsin electronic health record and...

Cancer Mortality Rates See 20% Drop, but Disparities Remain

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Cancer mortality rates have decreased nationally by more than 20 percent since 1980, yet local “hotspots” of disparities remain in certain communities, says an article published in JAMA this month. After reviewing more than 19.5 million...

Which Population Health Companies Get Top Marks for Value?

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Investing in a population health management system is a big financial and cultural commitment for most healthcare organizations, and not one to be undertaken lightly.  With workflow worries, integration concerns, and data integrity issues...

Gates Foundation Grants $279M to UW Population Health Program

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to invest $279 million in the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) to build on the school’s population health management research efforts....

Slavitt: Affordable Care Act Uncertainty Threatens Value-Based Care

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Since the November 8 election, proponents of the Affordable Care Act have been nervously eyeing the executioner’s axe hanging above President Obama’s signature healthcare reform package, waiting for the heavily Republican Congress...

Prescription Monitoring Program to Reduce Opioid Abuse in VA

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A three way partnership between Purdue Pharma, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources will enhance utilization of a state prescription monitoring program (PMP) to reduce the rate of opioid...

PCORI Offers $200M in Grants for Patient-Centered Research

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Patient-centered research projects are getting a significant financial boost early in the year thanks to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which has allocated a total of $200 million for research proposals that compare...

AMIA Advises PCORI on Sharing Big Data for Health Research

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has suggested that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) should adopt new policies that focus on expanding grant opportunities and funding data collection efforts to improve...

IBM Bets Big on Blockchain for Value-Based Care, Data Exchange

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Blockchain may be one of the newest terms to join healthcare’s pantheon of big data buzzwords, but it is quickly becoming one of the most important.  The decentralized approach to data sharing could have profound impacts for the ongoing...

EHR Use Correlated with Higher Rates of Blood, Imaging Tests

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A recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) found that physicians using electronic health records tended to order more CBCs, CT scans, and x-rays for their patients than non-EHR users, calling into question the idea...

Epic EHR, Big Data Tools Bring 2016 HIMSS Davies Award to Mercy

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Mercy, a large Catholic health system headquartered in Missouri, is the winner of the 2016 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, HIMSS announced.  Mercy has developed big data analytics dashboards within its Epic EHR to help providers...

44% of Payers, Providers Find Population Health Tools Effective

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Population health management tools are getting a high approval rating from 44 percent of the payers and healthcare providers as they slowly embrace value-based payments and a more coordinated, preventive approach to patient care. Population health...

Precision Medicine Benefits Pediatric Cancer Care, Study Says

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Investigators at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center found that precision medicine can be used to diagnose genetic abnormalities and properly treat patients with pediatric brain cancers. By testing tumor samples,...

Changing Leadership at CMS, ONC as New Administration Moves In

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Big changes may be in store for healthcare under a new and unpredictable Presidential administration, but some familiar and experienced faces will be steering the ship at CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while the White House...

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