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Are Google’s Predictive Analytics Worth Patient Privacy Risks?

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The healthcare industry hasn’t always been kind to Google, which has dabbled in the shallows of patient data and personalized health for several years now, but a promising new contract with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service...

CMS Publishes Medicare Payment Info to Promote Data Transparency

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In an attempt to increase data transparency within its Medicare programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2014 Physician and Other Supplier Utilizations and Payment data and updated its policies on publishing...

Data Governance Can Help Improve Patient Matching Issues

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Better data governance is necessary to reduce duplicate patient records and improve the process for patient matching, according to a new study published in Perspectives in Health Information Management, the online journal for the AHIMA Foundation....

Data Governance, More Attention Required for Patient Safety

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The healthcare industry will need to improve its reliance on data governance and focus on developing additional reporting standards if it is to make true improvements to patient safety, say Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, and Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, in...

ONC Needs Input on MACRA Interoperability Measurement Program

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The Department of Health and Human Services is still in search of the right strategies to make seamless health data interoperability a reality across the care continuum, and the Office of the National Coordinator is hoping that the stakeholders...

How to Participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System

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Healthcare providers may not always jump for joy when thinking about their participation in one or more of CMS’ plethora of quality reporting programs, but performance measurement initiatives are an inescapable part of practicing modern...

PCDC Celebrates Aiding Its 200th Patient-Centered Medical Home

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Two hundred primary care practices have earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition with the help of the non-profit Primary Care Development Corporation, according to a recent press...

MSSP ACOs Need Better Cost Data, Benchmarking for Success

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Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations will not be able to succeed long term without access to more detailed, localized, and targeted data sets and refined benchmarking frameworks, state a coalition of professional...

AHA Calls for Changes to Qualified Entity Data Sharing Rules

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In a recent letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, the American Hospital Association detailed several recommendations related to the proposed rule expanding the uses of Medicare claims data under the Qualified Entity (QE) Program. The...

ONC, NIH Launch S4S Program for Precision Medicine Research

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the ONC, announced the launch of the new Sync for Science (S4S) program, a pilot initiative that permits individuals to access to their EHR data and send it to researchers, according...

Data Integrity Groups Rally for a National Patient Identifier

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Nearly twenty years after Congress decided that the United States wasn’t ready for a national patient identifier, the healthcare industry is ramping up its efforts to challenge the government’s decision. Working with a drastically...

NIH, FDA Create Clinical Trial Template for Precision Medicine

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As the Precision Medicine Initiative starts to increase the amount and scope of medical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and FDA are seeking public comment on a draft template that provides guidance to investigators looking to...

$3M Grant Will Aid EHR Data Management, Chronic Pain Research

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An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) researcher has received $3 million in grants to develop health information technology for chronic pain patients and better processes for EHR data management and patient health information...

Interoperability Focus is Critical as Meaningful Use Drags On

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LAS VEGAS - Healthcare is an industry made for challenges. From solving the most complex clinical cases and providing immediate care for critical patients to changing lives and curing rare diseases by pushing the boundaries of science, providers...

National Patient Identifier May Cut “Silly Waste” in Healthcare

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LAS VEGAS – The healthcare industry may be eagerly awaiting the eventual demise of the EHR Incentive Programs, but providers will be disappointed if they think that the end of meaningful use is the end of their health IT troubles. ...

Patient Safety, Engagement Relies on Crafting a Culture of Change

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Whether it’s the first time or the fiftieth, an inpatient admission can be an extremely frightening event for a patient. Unwell and anxious, surrounded by unfamiliar people and places, subject to invasive and uncomfortable procedures,...

Big Data Analytics, Value-Based Care Hot Topics for HIMSS16

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As the healthcare industry prepares to gather in sunny Las Vegas for the HIMSS16, they will be bringing plenty of questions, opinions, and experiences about some of the most pressing topics facing their organizations.  From big data analytics...

Senate Committee Moves Interoperability, Health IT Bill to Vote

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The Senate HELP Committee is pushing forward with its efforts to advance interoperability across the healthcare system by unanimously voting to move the “Improving Health Information Technology Act” to the Senate floor. The bill focuses...

ONC: Don’t Let HIPAA Errors Hinder Population Health Management

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Healthcare providers should not let HIPAA misunderstandings prevent the appropriate sharing and use of patient information for population health management and care coordination, the Office of the National Coordinator reminds stakeholders in...

EHRs Contribute to Patient Safety Risks, Communication Errors

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Electronic health records may not be the only reason why patient safety is put at risk by poor communication and human errors, but they are certainly contributing to the problem, according to a report by CRICO Strategies.  The latest patient...

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