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IBM Watson’s Shortcomings Investigated in STAT Report

An investigation into IBM Watson by STAT News has revealed that the artificial intelligence supercomputer has not lived up to its potential.

Surescripts, Allscripts Providing Texas and Louisiana Pharmacists Free Access to Medication History Data

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, healthcare IT solutions providers Surescripts and Allscripts are collaborating to provide free access to patient-specific medication history data for pharmacists in Texas and Louisiana for a limited time.

FHIR Connectathon to Target Consumer-Centered Data Exchange

The HL7 FHIR development community is focusing on consumer-centered data exchange use cases at an upcoming connectathon.

Yale Integrates EHR with Connecticut’s Prescription Monitoring System

Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have launched a partnership with the State of Connecticut and Appriss Health, a Louisville, KY-based technology vendor, to use health IT tools to better identify, prevent and manage substance use disorder.

Specialty Practices Not Ready for MACRA, Survey Finds

One hundred percent of specialty physicians indicated that they have not yet fully grasped MACRA’s impact on their practices, according to a recent survey from West Palm Beach, Fla.-based vendor Integra Connect.

Cerner Forms Advisory Group to Supports its Work on VA’s EHR System

Cerner is forming an Advisory Group to provide insights and recommendations in support of the electronic health record (EHR) vendor’s work on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program.

Overcoming Barriers to Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes

September 7, 2017  |  David Raths
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Nine months ago I had to have surgery. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) were not part of my follow-up care. A paper detailing Partners HealthCare's journey with PROMs details the challenges health systems have implementing them.

A Healthcare Security Expert Breaks Down the Evolving Role of the CISO

September 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Mac McMillan, CEO and co-founder of CynergisTek, shares his perspectives on the evolving role of the healthcare CISO and the skills and expertise that every CISO should have to be effective, and why that goes beyond just technical expertise in security.

HIE Leaders Crack the Code on Indispensability

September 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the SHIEC Conference in Indianapolis last week, all eyes were on the future, and a range of opportunities for health information exchanges to make themselves indispensable to payers, providers, and public health

NQF Committee Details Telehealth Quality Measure Framework

September 5, 2017  |  David Raths
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A National Quality Forum committee has created a framework for telehealth quality measurement and identified 16 existing NQF-endorsed measures that can be used initially to measure the impact and quality of telehealth.

At the SHIEC Conference, Payers and Social Service Providers Highlight Collaboration Plans with HIEs

September 1, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the SHIEC Annual Conference in Indianapolis this week, leaders of health plan and social service organizations agreed: HIEs can provide needed data to help both plans and social service providers to enhance community health status

Harnessing Technology to Revolutionize Behavioral and Mental Health Care

September 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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There is currently tremendous innovation happening in the behavioral and mental health care space with many digital health startups and initiatives using technology to try to address one of society’s most pressing issues.

How Health IT Tools are Working to Reduce the Prescription Opioid Epidemic

August 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Facing a growing prescription opioid crisis, healthcare provider and payer organizations are looking to leverage predictive data analytics to identify patients at high risk of an opioid overdose or addiction to intervene before an adverse event occurs.

At Sentara Healthcare, Combating Alert Fatigue with Enhanced Clinical Decision Support

August 30, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leaders at the 12-hospital health system knew that while medication alerts should improve patient care, unhelpful alerts may be viewed as “noise” by providers and rarely lead to beneficial medication management changes.

Healthcare Informatics Exclusive: As Harvey Engulfs Houston, Texas HIE Leaders Move in to Help

August 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey continued to devastate Houston and southeast Texas, Texas HIE leaders moved ahead to support healthcare leaders caring for Texans imperiled by the storm—and at the same time, demonstrated the core value of HIE

At the HIE Sector’s Conference, Dr. Rucker Emphasizes Data Access, Open APIs and Interoperability, and Value

August 28, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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On Monday morning at the opening of the SHIEC Annual Conference being held in Indianapolis, National Coordinator for Health IT Donald Rucker, M.D. urged HIE leaders forward around interoperability and data-sharing for value in healthcare