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Donald Rucker Named New National Coordinator for Health IT

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has a new leader in Donald Rucker, MD, a Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford graduate who will leave behind a role as Adjunct Professor in The Ohio State University Medical...

AMA: Physicians Love Their Jobs Despite EHR, Financial Woes

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Physician dissatisfaction might not be quite as rampant as EHR naysayers are apt to believe, according to new survey results from the American Medical Association.  Despite the challenges brought on by regulatory and reimbursement...

ONC Updates EHR Usability, Health IT Patient Safety Guides

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As teased earlier this year at HIMSS17, the ONC has announced the availability of a revamped version of its SAFER Guides, which address EHR usability best practices and patient safety issues related to health IT.  The guides, first...

EHR, Big Data Analytics Success Hinges on Holistic Change Management

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The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus probably didn’t have electronic health records, value-based care, and big data analytics in mind when he said that “change is the only constant in life,” but most modern healthcare...

30-Day Patient Mortality Rates Drop During Hospital Inspections

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30-day patient mortality rates notably drop in hospitals experiencing surprise quality inspections conducted by The Joint Commission (TJC), says an article from JAMA Internal Medicine, indicating that clinicians may not always be on their...

Google DeepMind: Blockchain Can Ensure Health Data Integrity

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When healthcare experts talk about data integrity, they’re not just thinking about whether or not the original authors filled in all the fields and ticked all the boxes.  They are talking about trust.  Completeness is one...

Seema Verma Receives Confirmation as New CMS Administrator

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Seema Verma, the former head of Indiana’s Medicaid agency, will lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as Republican lawmakers seek to make significant changes to both public programs.    In a 55-43 vote that...

Unfiltered EHR Data Overloads Physicians, Perpetuates Burnout

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Interoperability and seamless data exchange are all the rage among regulators and vendors looking to give providers every decision-making advantage they can.  From meaningful use and MACRA to 21st Century Cures, CommonWell, and...

Healthcare Orgs Struggle to Meet EHR, Big Data Workforce Needs

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ORLANDO – Talent shortages, differing priorities, and a chronic inability to achieve ROI from electronic health records are leaving healthcare providers without the resources, staff, and direction they need to engage in more advanced...

Data Governance Key to Hospital’s Natural Language Query Project

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Whether inside or outside of the hospital, data is everywhere – and consumers of data are getting used to a certain level of speed, accuracy, and trustworthiness when they ask questions of Google, Siri, or Cortana.  In everyday...

Social Media May Provide Big Data Insights into Drug Misuse

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A new study in the Journal of Internet Medical Research indicates that monitoring social media feeds can provide clinicians and big data analytics professionals with valuable insight into potential drug misuse. Healthcare providers and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

NQF Names Shantanu Agrawal New President and CEO

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Former Deputy CMS Administrator Shantanu Agrawal, MD, will take over the reins of the National Quality Forum on January 20, 2017, the NQF announced this week.  Agrawal, who also served as Director of the CMS Center for Program...

Population Health, Big Data Strategies Could Reduce $2B Waste

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The employer-based health insurance industry leaks approximately $2 billion each year due to wasteful or preventable spending across the care continuum, according to a new report by the American Health Policy Institute (AHPI).  But a...

CMS Continues Data Transparency Push with Medicare Drug Info

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CMS is continuing to demonstrate its newfound commitment to data transparency by releasing information on 2015 Medicare spending rates for Part B and Part D drugs. The data, which covers medications administered by physicians in an office...

Using Business Intelligence, KPIs for Revenue Cycle Management

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The healthcare industry’s transition to value-based care does not end with clinical patient care. The shift also extends into healthcare providers’ revenue cycle management processes. For effective claims management within the...

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