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The New Hampshire Health Information Organization connects electronically to the Veterans Administration

On the heels of the day Americans devote to remember and celebrate our veterans and the sacrifices they make to serve and protect our country, New Hampshire takes a giant leap forward towards improving the healthcare provided for those veterans in our state. New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO), the state-wide health information exchange (HIE) organization, announced today that they are now able to connect with the Veterans Administration (VA), enabling the exchange of healthcare information with hospitals and other healthcare providers in the state who also provide care to veterans outside of the VA.

Not all healthcare services needed by our veterans are provided within the VA Hospital. For those veterans receiving care outside of the VA system, there is often times a disconnect between the VA and the outside providers when relying on paper-based methods to communicate important health information. This electronic connection between the VA and NHHIO will help ensure that pertinent information is in the hands of the provider at the time of service, where they are able to make more informed decisions about the care of the veteran. Simply put, HIE technology provides faster access to information that can saves lives, streamline care coordination, reduce healthcare costs, and can improve clinical outcomes for NH veterans.

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WEDI announces new 2017 Board of Directors

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced today the election of four new board members to its Board of Directors, as well as the re-election of eight previous board members to serve two-year terms. The WEDI Board of Directors represents a diverse cross-section of the industry including payers, providers, government regulators and industry vendors. This group of executives will lead the organization forward in its efforts to promote the use of health IT in improving healthcare information exchange – enhancing quality of care, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

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AMA and LexisNexis Risk Solutions join resources for an efficient approach to network directory management

Addressing the increasing expectation on health plans to present patients with accurate directories of available health care professionals, the American Medical Association (AMA) and LexisNexis Risk Solutions today announced a collaboration to offer a solution that simplifies a successful strategy for constantly maintaining high-quality data for use in network directories.

The collaboration combines the industry-leading data resources of the AMA, its wholly owned subsidiary AMA Business Solutions, and LexisNexis Health Care to provide a holistic solution, LexisNexis VerifyHCP, to pre-fill, collect, monitor, cleanse, and update clinician data. The innovative solution to be available by the end of 2016 will create efficiencies for health insurers and clinicians that streamline the process of maintaining an accurate and up-to-date network directory.

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A rich history serves as a platform for innovation for ASCO’s CancerLinQ


Kevin Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer, CancerLinQ

The field of oncology has been filled with pioneers dedicated to furthering research and science in search of a cure for cancer. Many of those pioneers in medical oncology have been members of the nonprofit American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), including Sidney Farber, MD; Kanti R. Rai, MD; and Janet D. Rowley, MD. These physicians dedicated their lives to improving the quality of care for patients with cancer. This commitment to quality and the quest for knowledge is still alive today in CancerLinQ, a health information technology (HIT) platform that will harness Big Data to deliver high-quality care to patients with cancer that is being compiled by CancerLinQ, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO.

This rapid learning system for oncology data brings together a network of members of and practitioners in the field of oncology who contribute to the care of cancer patients everywhere and provides users with access to data from potentially millions of cancer patients to help inform decisions about patient care. In effect, CancerLinQ is the evolutionary next step in ASCO’s rich 50-plus-year history of being the world’s leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals caring for people with cancer.

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WEDI honors health IT industry leaders through annual awards

WEDI, the nation’s leading authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announces the winners of its annual awards program. Each award recipient was announced during WEDI-Con 2016 in Reston, Va. on Tuesday, November 8.

“Our Board of Directors is incredibly thoughtful in determining the dynamic accomplishments of those within our association each year,” said Charles W. Stellar, president and CEO of WEDI. “We are grateful for each of these individual’s and organization’s dedicated contributions, tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to advancing efficiency in healthcare through the use of information technology. We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize the hard work at our conference annually.”

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Hospitals use technology to prepare for imminent nursing shortage

In just three short years, the United States’ nursing shortage is predicted to reach a deficit of 193,000 registered nurses (source: Georgetown University). The Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects employment demand for nurses to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. To minimize the impact of the nursing shortage, an increasing number of healthcare organizations are leveraging technology to automate routine tasks, such as data collection and reporting, in order to free up nurses to focus on their patients.

Since acquiring Marbella in 2015 and integrating the data collection tool into its market-leading patient engagement platform, GetWellNetwork has implemented the system at more than 100 hospitals and health systems for rounding, real-time data collection and reporting of patient and staff feedback, among hundreds of use cases. “We bought Marbella to help with patient rounding. In addition to rounding, we now use Marbella for a variety of other quality and safety data collection initiatives,” said Lorie Kelley-Norton, MSN, RN, primary nurse planner CNE Program, Great Plains Health. “After implementing Marbella we achieved our highest overall rating score since starting HCAHPS.”

The University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) has also expanded its use of Marbella beyond leader rounding on patients. Lopa Patel, professional development specialist, GetWell system manager, said that UMCP now uses Marbella for “close to 20 different quality and safety data collection initiatives.”

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EHNAC and HITRUST announce migration of HIPAA Security/Privacy Modules within EHNAC Accreditations to HITRUST’s CSF Framework

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission(EHNAC) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) announced today that the two organizations have committed to streamline their accreditation and certification programs for industry stakeholders. Through the collaboration, EHNAC will replace its HIPAA-related privacy and security criteria with the HITRUST CSF provisions and controls, while still maintaining the stakeholder-specific benefits of its accreditation process. The two organizations call on other standards development organizations and auditors to join them in streamlining their assessment processes to help reduce, if not eliminate, redundant assessments and their associated costs and complexities.

“The healthcare industry is plagued by well-meaning yet inefficient processes, standards and protocols. It is through this partnership with EHNAC, and potentially other like-minded standards organizations, that we are growing our vision of helping the industry eliminate the complexity relating to information protection and compliance,” said Daniel Nutkis, CEO, HITRUST.

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One-on-one care in the Age of Population Health Management


Dody Fisher, MD, MGH, Chief Clinical Officer, Forward Health Group

Not long ago I heard “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” on satellite radio, that old Bob Dylan tune from all those years ago. Made me think about Frieda.

Frieda is a veteran physician and an outstanding clinician with her heart in the right place – always looking out for her patients. However, she was upset and stressed out; Frieda was not a happy doctor. After meeting for coffee one day and discussing the usual frustrations of life as a physician, the world of electronic health records (EHRs) came up. Frieda noted how physicians have their noses “buried in their laptops” and how no one is talking. It’s simply point, click, cut, paste. Frieda felt as though we’ve lost something.

As we talked further, Frieda conceded that things were improving for her as a physician, and the new world of the “digital doc” had great promise. Our conversation reminded me of Robert Wachter’s valuable book from 2015, The Digital Doctor, discussing the dawn of medicine’s computer age. Yes, we have problems, but there is hope.

However Frieda voiced another concern. She worried new strategies such as Population Health Management (PHM) were outside her range of expertise – that she attended medical school to learn how to take care of patients one-on-one. Frieda discussed how she learned to develop relationships with her patients, gain their trust, and forge a collaborative approach to meet their healthcare needs. She worried programs such as PHM were just one more thing to add in her already busy day.

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Olathe Health System broadens use of Cerner Digital Record

Olathe Health System today announced an expansion of its relationship with Cerner, its health IT supplier. Cerner will integrate its Millennium Revenue Cycle with the existing enterprisewide electronic health record (EHR), which will result in a clinically driven revenue cycle designed to help streamline revenue cycle processes and enable a more efficient billing experience for patients.

“The potential patient benefits and outcomes are truly what drive our business actions, including this decision to expand our health IT system,” said Randy Rahman, vice president and CIO of Olathe Health System. “Our goal is to bring our organization onto one platform to work toward becoming one of the most integrated and progressive health care providers in the region. We understand the value that Cerner’s system-wide integration can provide to Olathe as we strive to develop the best patient experience and satisfaction possible.”

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Save the school nurse: Making schools a part of your healthcare network


Dr. Alan Pitt, Chief Medical Officer, Avizia and attending physician and Professor of Neuroradiology at the Barrow Neurological Institute

Most healthcare services are now delivered beyond the walls of a hospital or clinic.

As a result, many involved in the delivery of care are thinking ‘outside of the box.’ Whether through telehealth virtual visits or retail drug store clinics, we are beginning to reimagine how and where healthcare is delivered.

School-based health clinics are well positioned to deliver high quality care and address the gaps that exist nationwide in pediatric care. The Brookings Institute reported that school-based health centers currently serve more than two million children in the U.S. each year. But while a school nurse can provide for basic medical needs, they are typically understaffed and unable to meet the needs of every student.

Today, more than 6 million kids in the U.S.  miss 15 or more days of school in one year for health related issues.  These absences have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn and retain knowledge.  And with many school systems adopting attendance-based funding mechanisms, there are financial incentives to keep kids healthy and in school. 

By using telehealth to connect school nurses with more advanced providers, many additional healthcare and education needs could be met without disrupting the day for students, parents and educators.

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