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HIMSS, CHIME name rural hospital advocate Randy McCleese CIO of the Year

McCleese is chief information officer of the 192-bed acute care Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky. Methodist also operates a 25-bed critical access hospital and a network of 23 physician practices. The boards of both CHIME and HIMSS vote to e...

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HIPAA-compliant text messaging helps doctors, patients with care and recovery

Text messaging is a growing practice that enables physicians and patients to communicate with each other via secure, HIPAA-compliant text messages. Many technology vendors are enabling this style of clinical communication, including Doc Halo, DocsInk...

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Doctors must stop blaming EHRs for clinical documentation shortcut failures

Overuse of copy and paste in electronic health records is a problem. Sure, it's convenient. And it's entirely understandable why it's a common shortcut used by scores of physicians. But it often results in note bloat – unwieldy pati...

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North Carolina proposes law requiring data breaches to be reported in 15 days

North Carolina state capital in Raleigh. Credit: WikiMedia North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and State Rep. Jason Saine introduced legislation this week that would give organizations only 15 days to report a data breach to consumers...

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Healthcare at CES 2018: Blockchain, Blue Button and interoperability among hot topics

A view from the CES show floor. LAS VEGAS -- The tech world descended upon Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and plenty of health IT’s biggest players were in attendance. While much of the discussion was on consu...

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Hospitals gear up for big revenue cycle investments to boost infrastructure, consolidate operations

A screenshot of a sample revenue cycle management tool. Credit: YouTube As government reimbursement shrinks, and hospital and practice margins grow tighter, the demand for better revenue capture grows stronger as well. That's a...

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Data of 43,000 patients breached after theft of unencrypted laptop

The theft of a laptop from a West Virginia health provider employee prompted officials to monitor systems for unauthorized access. West Virginia-based Coplin Health Systems is notifying 43,000 patients of a potential data breach due to the t...

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HIMSS18 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Healthcare event: Moving AI out of the dark

AI and Machine Learning for Healthcare event will take place on March 5 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Artificial intelligence and machine learning gained a lot of traction in healthcare in 2017 — and not as buzzwords hinting at some futur...

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DaVita swaps homegrown EHR for Epic

A DaVita Kidney Care Center where an Epic EHR system will replace DaVita’s Falcon Platinum System. Credit: Twitter DaVita announced that it will implement a new EHR from Epic Systems and employ Epic’s Care Everywhere Network. The...

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With consumerism in mind, Methodist Family Health debuts new telehealth service

A snap shot of Methodist's new telehealth tool. Credit: Methodist The trend toward healthcare consumerism increasingly is at the forefront of health system decisions. In growing numbers, patients are making healthcare choices based on the abi...

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DoD gives GlobalMed authority to run telehealth services on federal networks

GlobalMed's telemedicine tool at a workplace clinic. Credit: YouTube The U.S. Department of Defense has given telehealth vendor GlobalMed authority to operate on DoD networks. The certification allows the company to deploy its virtual health ...

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Value-based care will reinvigorate EHRs, boost AI, advance home telehealth

The state of value-based reimbursement efforts has been uncertain. Many healthcare organizations are indeed pursuing newer strategies to replace traditional fee-for-service care while reducing costs and improving quality, but progress has often been ...

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