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PCMH Wins HIMSS Davies Award for Population Health Management

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Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) Grove Medical Associates has been selected as the 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence. The prized award selects organizations that have best exemplified EHR-enabled improvements and achieved key...

$500K Grant to Support Healthcare Big Data Analytics Research

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A cross-country healthcare big data analytics research program headed by Virginia Commonwealth University and funded by a $500,000 planning grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will help to bolster population health management in the...

Physician Quality Reporting System Penalties Snag 470K EPs

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Nearly half a million eligible professionals will be losing 1.5 percent of their Medicare reimbursements thanks to non-participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program in 2013, CMS says.  Despite increasing participation...

NCQA Pilots Electronic Clinical Quality Measures Program

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The National Council for Quality Assurance has enlisted three healthcare IT companies to test pilot its electronic clinical quality measures code validation program.  The pilot, called eMeasure, will test the ability of EHR software to access...

Healthcare Internet of Things to Reach $117 Billion by 2020

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Big data and the healthcare Internet of Things is poised for explosive growth over the next half-decade, says a new report by MarketResearch.com, expanding at a 15.1 percent compound annual growth rate to hit $117 billion by 2020.  As big...

Partners, Samsung Team Up for Chronic Disease Management

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Partners HealthCare and Samsung Electronics announced a new partnership at HIMSS15 today centered on the use of remote monitoring technologies and mHealth to improve chronic disease management. Partners HealthCare, a Boston-based integrated health...

AMA: Big Data Analytics is the Next Phase of Health IT Adoption

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Big data analytics is the next step in the healthcare industry’s ongoing process of adopting health IT infrastructure, American Medical Association (AMA) President Robert Wah, MD told attendees at HIMSS15 in a keynote address delivered...

EHNAC, DirectTrust to Accredit Personal Health Records, Portals

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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and DirectTrust, originator of the Direct secure messaging protocol, are teaming up to provide industry standards for vendors of personal health records and patient portal products. ...

EHNAC Releases Practice Management Accreditation Criteria

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EHNAC has released its initial practice management accreditation criteria for vendors interested in certifying that their products meet minimum privacy, security, and functionality standards.  The program is designed to promote trust between...

New Pittsburgh Data Alliance Focuses on Big Data Analytics

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Healthcare organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are teaming up to leverage big data analytics in pursuit of new healthcare technologies and treatments.  The Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, a newly announced collaboration between Carnegie...

WEDI Fields Survey to Gauge ROI of Health Information Exchange

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is asking the healthcare industry to participate in a poll to gauge the financial impacts of health information exchange and health IT interoperability.  In an effort to quantify whether stakeholders...

Healthcare Data Analytics Company Receives Major Investment

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Definitive Healthcare, a provider of healthcare data analytics and business intelligence information, has received a significant investment from growth equity firm Spectrum Equity, the company announced this week.  The investment will further...

New EHRA Workgroup to Focus on Health IT, Accountable Care

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A new workgroup from the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) will focus on developing and disseminating best practices for leveraging health IT to speed the spread of accountable care, improve patient safety, raise quality, and...

Illinois Health Information Exchange Hits 1 Million Records

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The MetroChicago Health Information Exchange has accomplished in six months what many other HIEs are still trying to achieve: the secure exchange of data covering one million patient lives in its designated local region.  The Illinois-based...

Clinical Decision Support App Helps Nurses Diagnose Diseases

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Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets may help nurses to diagnoses patients with chronic health problems such as obesity, smoking and depression (in both adults and children) with the use of a custom app, according to a study from Colombia...

CMS Seeks Comment on PCMH, Care Coordination, ACOs

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on its advanced primary care models intended to provide better care coordination, more personalized attention, and better overall population health management throughout...

As Precision Medicine Takes Off, FDA Commissioner Resigns

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has announced her resignation from the agency’s top post just days after kicking off President Obama’s “precision medicine” initiative.  While serving nearly...

$28 Million ONC Grant to Foster Health IT Interoperability

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology is funding a $28 million, two-year grant program to support health IT interoperability tools and services that exchange health information, according to a blog post...

Obama Asks for $1.2B to Fight Hospital Acquired Infections

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In his annual budget request, President Obama will ask Congress for $1.2 billion to fight hospital acquired infections produced by superbugs, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year. ...

14% of Patients Avoid Chronic Disease Management Due to Cost

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Fourteen percent of American adults, or more than 16.4 million patients, have avoided seeing a physician for chronic disease management care in the past twelve months due to the cost of such a visit, finds a survey from Harris Poll and SCIO Health...

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