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White House says Trump has confidence in Shulkin 'at this point in time'

President Donald Trump still has confidence in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, despite claims Shulkin could be out as early as some point this week, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley.&nb...

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Long Island provider exposes data of 42,000 patients in misconfigured database

Long Island-based Cohen, Bergman, Klepper, Romano MDs misconfigured its online database, exposing the personally identifiable information of about 42,000 patients.  Misconfigured databases are a continued issue for the healthcare industry. The e...

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How Mercy Hospital Network cut nursing leakage by $4.3 million

Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Credit: Google Maps As hospitals continue to face shrinking margins, they must find ways to either increase revenue or decrease losses. Since labor is the largest single cost in almost any hospital’s...

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FHIR and Open APIs are here to stay – but are they ready for prime time?

Russell Leftwich, MD, speaking at HIMSS18. What is an application programming interface? One of the more evocative definitions in recent memory comes, of all places, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Think of an API as a server ...

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Here's what to expect at the upcoming HIMSS Precision Medicine Summit

Leroy Hood from Providence St. Joseph Health, Richard Milani from Ochsner Health System and Michael Dulin from University of North Carolina, Charlotte will speak at the Precision Medicine Summit in Washington, D.C. Precision m...

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How Mercy Hospital Network saved $4.3 million with nursing analytics dashboard

Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Credit: Google Maps As hospitals continue to face shrinking margins, they must find ways to either increase revenue or decrease losses. Since labor is the largest single cost in almost any hospital’s...

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Missouri collaboration gathers ZIP code-level data for population health efforts

The University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Credit: Google Maps Missouri Hospital Association Health Institute is partnering with other health groups in the Show Me State on a new online database meant as a local-level resource for community h...

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Optum and HealthBI announce partnership to boost hospitals risk-based performance

Optum and HealthBI announced a partnership to help hospitals better manage risk-based contracts, starting with Medicare Advantage plans. HealthBI software gives providers the ability to identify high-risk patients and document their efforts to close ...

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Wolters Kluwer acquires Firecracker for its medical education platform

Wolters Kluwer Health completed its acquisition of Firecracker, a study-planning, learning application used by 20 percent of medical students, the company announced this week after making the initial plans on March 5. Firecracker will be added to Wol...

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New York's opioid fight: PDMP now interoperable with 25 states, DC

New York state’s prescription drug monitoring program is now fully interoperable with 25 states and Washington, D.C, giving in-state providers access to the controlled substance history of about 150 million patients. The PDMP program now allows...

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Update: Trump signs spending bill that boosts budgets for HHS, NIH and CDC, keeps ONC intact

President Trump on Friday signed the spending bill to fund the government. After threatening a veto, Trump moved forward with the law that includes bigger budgets for a number of health agencies than his budget proposal, which health IT experts consi...

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Hackensack Meridian advances behavioral health partnership with Carrier Clinic

New Jersey-based Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic both signed a letter of intent to explore ways to join forces on behavior health.  The letter of intent starts the process that would create a system featuring 24-hour access to care...

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