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Tech vendors tackle credentialing, hiring and scheduling with predictive analytics and automation

Hiring, credentialing and scheduling shifts are notoriously challenging for so many mid-size and smaller hospitals because of the diligence required. There are things that need to be completed by law, including an application that can run from 30 to ...

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Why HIPAA shouldn't be an impediment to public health data sharing

Despite the fact that the law has been on the books for more than two decades, there's still a lot of misconceptions about HIPAA and the ways it applies to information sharing. We've even heard horror stories about hospitals refusing to furni...

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Providers identify top three precision medicine challenges

Eighty-four percent of providers agree that precision medicine is relevant to patients’ health and well-being according to a recent survey by HIMSS Analytics, sponsored by Intel [1]. However, implementation of precision medicine initiative...

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Why we need to fix the broken technology pipeline for digital medicine now

When it comes to health information technology, innovative ideas and companies abound. Downstream improvements in outcomes or costs of care resulting from these innovations, however, have to date been underwhelming. To illustrate this observation, th...

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Google makes AI tool for precision medicine open source

Google announced Monday an open source version of DeepVariant, the artificial intelligence tool that last year earned the highest accuracy rating at the precisionFDA’s Truth Challenge. The open source tool comes as academic medical centers, hos...

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Education is key to getting patients to share electronic medical records

Education is the key to getting patients to share their medical records electronically with healthcare providers, according to a new study from the University at Buffalo School of Management. Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the...

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Meditech signs up 8 Steward hospitals for its web-based EHR

Eight more hospitals in for-profit Steward Health Care System will roll out the new web-based electronic health record system from Meditech. Steward, which operates some three dozen community hospitals across ten states, is a longtime Meditech client...

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Carequality now connects more than half of providers through interoperability framework, and it's growing

Carequality, a nationwide interoperability framework that makes possible the exchange of healthcare data between and among networks, reports that more than 1,000 hospitals, 25,000 clinics, and 580,000 healthcare providers are connected. The numbers r...

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Transforming bundled payments into episodes of care can give hospitals, payers an edge

Hospitals are living in two worlds today: Planning for next-generation value-based care while praying that patient volumes increase under fee-for-service. The belief that alternative models will transform the way care is delivered and paid for is alr...

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Kevin Lynch named CIO, senior VP at NYC Health+Hospitals

Kevin Lynch, new CIO of NYC Health+Hospitals, and NYC Health + Hospitals in Queens. Kevin Lynch has been named chief information officer and senior vice president for NYC Health + Hospitals. Lynch comes to the NYC health system – the larges...

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Federal IT analyst: Federal government shutdown would throw wrench in VA deal with Cerner

Trying to predict what federal IT budgeting and expenditures will look like in the year ahead is difficult, if not impossible. So we asked Chris Wiedemann, market intelligence senior analyst at McLean, Virginia-based immixGroup, a value-added distrib...

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HIMSS Analytics study uncovers what's next on providers' cybersecurity agendas

Cyberattacks are on the rise in healthcare, and provider organizations are understandably shaken. In fact, less than half of healthcare IT professionals expressed confidence in their organization’s overall level of cybersecurity, according to F...

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