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“Promoting Interoperability” Rule Finalized By CMS

On August 2nd, The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized rules that will further promote interoperability through the MyHealthEdata initiative and the CMS Patients Over Paperwork initiative. These new rules hope to empower patients by providing better access to pricing data, increasing patient access to their health data and allowing providers more time dealing with patients instead of paperwork.
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Choosing An EHR System: Cloud Vs. On Premise

With no shortage in options when choosing an EHR system, one new decision that comes into play is the desired type of EHR architecture. For cloud EHR, one can choose between a public cloud, private cloud or a hybrid cloud, all offering different levels of storage capability, accessibility and price points. In contrast, on premise EHR systems are hosted locally and require IT professionals to oversee and maintain hardware and software. The real question is, will cloud based EHR’s take over as companies look to save money?
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Top 10 Best Practices For Cybersecurity In The Healthcare Industry

The best way to avoid a cybersecurity attack? Have preventative practices in place to be prepared for anything. The key is to always be a step ahead of attackers, and this list of the top 10 lessons the CISO Dan Bowden has learned in his IT career is a great place for anyone in the healthcare industry to start.
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Project ECHO Further Promotes Push Towards Telemedicine

Project ECHO links primary care providers with expert specialist teams through an online hub that allows them to manage patient cases together and provide the quality care they need. With telemedicine on the rise and many complex health conditions, there aren’t enough providers specially trained to treat every arising issue. ECHO trains the provider on specialty care services and also provides ongoing support through patient treatment, making sure patients get the proper care they deserve.
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Patients Need To Utilize Portals On An Ongoing Basis, Not Just Original Download

As patient portal adoption has reached 90%, according to a recent Stat Poll from the Medical Group Management Association, we have only just scratched the surface of portal use and its potential. With engaged patient use and patient generated health data submitted regularly, the healthcare community would not only benefit from the ability to constantly monitor patients health but could also track health data long term and gain valuable statistics and data.
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Community Health Workers: What Is Their Job?

Community health workers are public health workers that base health upon social factors particularly in their respective community. They link healthcare with social services and mental care to better address healthcare needs as a whole. Healthcare is no longer just about addressing physical ailments, but also social forces such as education, living situation, financial status and how these factors effect overall ability to be healthy.
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EHR Systems Correlate Directly With Physician Burnout Rates

As technology and the digitalization of the healthcare industry continue their rapid incline, physician burnout continues to grow as well. Burnout is one of the main culprits for pushing staff to retire early or even leave the profession entirely. This article entails a few key strategies that could prevent this burnout and hopefully create a cohesive work environment between physicians and EHR technology.
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Telehealth Technology May Fill The Void Of Physician Shortage

With the aging baby boomer population looming on the healthcare horizon, the industry predicts a physician shortage and believes that telehealth may be the answer. With technology such as video conferencing promoting the ability to connect with patients remotely, physicians could serve a wider range of patients from both a time and geography perspective.
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Big Name Companies To Watch As They Enter The Healthcare Arena

Well known names such as Amazon, Apple, CVS Health, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Uber & Lyft are all looking to get their piece of the ever expanding healthcare market. With their robust experience and knowledge, it is no surprise that they would fit well into an industry in desperate need of streamlined approaches to difficult problems.
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EHR Market Is Evolving As Health IT Companies Make Big Changes

Through large investments, new partnerships and continues innovations, the EHR Market has definitely seen a huge growth spurt. Allscripts has acquired several smaller EHR companies, athenahealth is still holding its ground against potential acquisitions, Cerner is continuing to expand into the public sector through securing huge deal with VA, and prominent tech giants such as Apple, Google & Amazon are all looking to move onto the Health IT landscape. With the year only half way through, the EHR Market is positioned to continue this rapid advancement.
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Data Breaches To Healthcare Are At Highest Cost Rate Of Any Industry

Exposing private data isn’t the only concern a data breach to the healthcare industry entails. According to the IBM & Ponemon Institute 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report, healthcare data breaches average $408 per record, which is nearly 3 times higher than any other industry. This high cost factor is attributed to recovery & investigations, notifications of breach, legal aid and, most costly, lost business and reputation.
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CMS Presents New Program To Promote Telehealth For Medicare Patients

CMS is looking to modernize Medicare through their latest program, which incentivizes providers to utilize mobile health technology through reimbursement. Under the proposal, CMS will cover virtual check-in services and remote evaluation, allowing patient concerns to be resolved in a convenient and timely manner & providers to spend more time with patients.
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Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush Resigns

With athenahealth being thrown the curveball of needing to pursue a new CEO, they are considering multiple strategies to maintain the face of their company. A sale or merger are pretty tempting, and Elliott Management’s buyout offer is looking better than ever. Athenahealth has confirmed they are in talks with multiple parties about potential sale or merger, but they definitely need to have their shareholders, employees and clients on their minds as they work to move athenahealth forward as a company.
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Ransomware Attacks Continue To Worry Healthcare Industry

Within the last year, one fourth of all cyber insurance claims received by AIG were for ransomware attacks. This number has only continued to go up over the years and AIG predicts this growth to continue. Companies need to take into account that ransomware attacks do not discriminate and they need to take action to protect their data before they become the next victim to something that could have been preventable.
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EHR Market Trends for 2018

The EHR market is growing exponentially and is predicted to increase by $10 Billion within just 4 years. Emergent features and continued development of interoperable platforms are what will drive market growth as organizations look to be both progressive and efficient. EHR vendors must ensure they are taking healthcare needs into account while also safeguarding providers from being overburdened by new systems.
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Athenahealth Still Weighing Acquisition Offer

As we enter June, athenahealth finally responded but still has not made a decision regarding the acquisition offer from Elliott. As seen in the letters from Elliott to athenahealth, shareholders support the acquisition as they are upset with past performance, Elliott believes their offer is fair and profitable to athenahealth, investors believe the sale to Elliott is viable and inevitable and the media projects that rejection of the offer would anger shareholders and endanger athenahealths survival. To read all letters from Elliott to athenahealth, follow the Read more link below.
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EHR Initiatives Continue To Emerge

May was another busy month for hospitals and healthcare organizations as EHR implementations and interoperability growth continued. Big players such as Apple, athenahealth, Allscripts and Cerner have all made notable moves and, with the slower summer months coming, we hope to see continued rollouts and advancements.
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Facilitating A Smooth EHR Transition

EHR systems are one of the key factors that keep a healthcare organization running smoothly. With user satisfaction being one of the greatest concerns, many organizations opt to replace their system with a new one to try to fit their needs better & keep providers happy. This transition effects many aspects of the organizations routine, making both EHR system selection and implementation company selection crucial decisions for overall success.
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