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Allscripts buys Practice Fusion for $100 million

Allscripts continues to be in acquisition mode, further building out its client base in the ambulatory space by buying Practice Fusion for $100 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, officials said. The addition ...

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University of Iowa Children's Hospital puts patient experience first

Patients who can make it to the 12th-floor viewing area of the hospital and football fans at the UI Hawkeyes' Kinnick Stadium wave to each other after the first quarter of every Iowa home game. Credit: YouTube  Patient engagement is impo...

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HIMSS18 Patient Engagement and Experience Summit: New strategies for precision medicine, telehealth, social determinants

Lots of health systems pay lip service to patient-centric care, but what does that really mean? As healthcare continues its transition to paying for value and outcomes, toward managing wellness rather than treating disease, making the patient an acti...

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IDNs favor Health Catalyst, Arcadia, Philips Wellcentive for population health, KLAS says

Following its October report examining some of the core functionalities most widely in use by population health vendors, a new report from research firm KLAS offers more advanced insights on the specific performance of vendors. Among its findings, KL...

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ONC’s draft interoperability framework floats ‘network of networks’ concept

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released the much anticipated Trusted Exchange Framework to bolster its interoperability work as required by the 21st Century...

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Cybercriminals turning to smaller providers and health IoT in 2018

IoT devices are commonplace in hospitals and healthcare facilities so security plans are needed to protect them. This past year was another challenging one for healthcare organizations as they remained under sustained attack by cybercriminals who...

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SHIEC expands 'Patient Centered Data Home' initiative, linking HIEs nationwide

The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative announced a nationwide expansion of what it calls the Patient Centered Data Home. Essentially, PCDH is an inter-HIE data sharing system and notification that allows patients' records to foll...

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Adventist Health chooses Cerner for revenue cycle, cloud-based clinical apps

Adventist Health in Roseville, California. Photo via Google Maps Roseville, California-based Adventist Health executives announced the health system would hand over its revenue cycle management services to health IT giant Cerner.    Wit...

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VA, Cerner EHR deal held up after spat over interoperability definition, report says

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ EHR contract with Cerner was set to be signed this fall, but a new report from Politico found that it’s been held up over disagreements between executives on the definition of interoperability. VA ...

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Preparing your organization for mobile clinical communications

Several years ago, leaders at a large healthcare system put together a strategic plan that included among its goals to make clinical workflows more mobile and create “smarter” rooms using wireless medical devices. New technologies were pu...

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With precision medicine heating up, Genome Medical launches genetic services for employers

Robert Green, MD, a medical geneticist at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Genome Medical, speaking at the HIMSS Precision Medicine Forum in Boston last June. Precision medicine is gaining steam as consumers and healthcare organizati...

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What you need to know about the Spectre and Meltdown processor vulnerabilities

A demonstration of the Spectre attack on a vulnerable machine (a Linux virtual machine running on a Windows 7 platform) took a few seconds to execute. Publicly disclosed vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown affect many processors and ope...

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