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ONC pubs Common Agreement v2.0, with regs for FHIR exchange

Healthcare It News

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Sequoia Project on Monday announced the launch of Common Agreement Version 2.0, an update to the document most recently released this past November. ONC also published new Participant and Subparticipant Terms of Participation, which set forth the requirements that participants must agree to and comply with to exchange data under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.

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CHS to sell Tennessee hospital for $160M

Healthcare Dive

CEO Tim Hingtgen told investors in February that divestitures could yield more than $1 billion for the hospital operator.

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Care problems become technology systems via nurse informaticists

Healthcare It News

The role of nurse informaticists has expanded to include deciding which technologies can best support evolving care delivery models, says MaryAnn Connor, senior director of nursing informatics, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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New codes from the AMA could mean more RPM reimbursement by 2025

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Today, most remote patient monitoring services are billed under four Current Procedural Terminology codes. These codes can be split into two categories to help understand their uses. There are two RPM device monitoring codes – 99453 and 99454 – and two timed RPM management service codes – 99457 and 99458. CPT 99453 covers the time it takes to enroll patients in RPM and get them set up on their devices.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Managing a safe transition to new treatment guidelines

Healthcare It News

Cloud-based technology has enabled one healthcare provider's swift transition to a new cancer treatment guideline. The private Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) in Sydney's north is an early adopter of the NSW Cancer Institute's guideline for anticancer drug dosing in kidney dysfunction (ADDIKD). Initially published in 2022, the evidence-based guideline on eviQ standardises the measurement of kidney dysfunction to provide more appropriate dose recommendations compared to existing c

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Patient concerns in healthcare digitalisation: Rising inequalities

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Digitalisation in healthcare holds the promise of optimising processes and expanding access to care. In some European countries such as Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Poland and Hungary, patients can access national portals that contain their prescriptions, referrals, discharge letters, etc. In other countries such as Belgium and Spain, patients can access regional portals.

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ONC Releases Common Agreement V2.0, Paving the Way for TEFCA Exchange via FHIR

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), along with The Sequoia Project, Inc., a Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE), has released Common Agreement Version 2.0 (CA v2.0). What is the Common Agreement? The Common Agreement establishes a set of common rules and technical standards for secure health information exchange across different health information networks (HINs) and their users.

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CMS sets Medicaid payments to home care workers at 80%

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping to improve Medicaid enrollees’ access to care through a final rule that better compensates caregiving roles. | CMS released a series of final rules Monday, including Medicaid access regulations that some groups worry will cause providers to close.

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Hackers lurked in Change Healthcare's network for more than a week

Becker's Health IT

Hackers gained entry to Change Healthcare's IT systems nine days before the ransomware attack on the UnitedHealth Group subsidiary, The Wall Street Journal reported April 22.

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Simple HealthKit partners with Amazon to increase access to at-home diagnostics and chronic care

Fierce Healthcare

Simple HealthKit is bringing chronic condition diagnostics to front porches across the country via a new partnership with Amazon. | Consumers can now buy Simple HealthKit’s at-home tests for diabetes (HbA1c), respiratory wellness and sexual wellness and have it shipped to their door through Amazon.

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Optimizing Medical Waste Management: A Guide to Best Practices

Feeling overwhelmed by medical waste regulations? This comprehensive guide unravels the complexities of medical waste disposal, ensuring you stay compliant and prioritize safety. Inside you'll find: Clear categorization: Learn to precisely classify medical waste for proper handling and disposal. Labeling & Storage: Discover best practices for clear labeling and secure storage of medical waste.

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The Future of Human Health May Require Unlocking Access to Our Health Data

HIT Consultant

Cambron Carter, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Pearl The synergy of artificial intelligence (AI) and medical imaging has opened new horizons for healthcare. AI-mediated computer vision has been in use in oncology for more than 20 years; however, its arrival in other medical fields, notably dentistry, is more recent. Dentistry is particularly notable here, because while relatively few people have seen an oncologist, almost everyone sees a dentist at least every few years.

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There's a big market for healthcare data analytics. Here's how Trilliant Health is making moves to stand out

Fierce Healthcare

The $4 trillion healthcare industry is a data-rich sector, and every healthcare player is trying to find a way to use information to drive better decisions, whether in the clinic or the boardroom.< | The $4 trillion healthcare industry is a data-rich sector, and every healthcare player is trying to find a way to use information to drive better decisions, whether in the clinic or the boardroom.

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OctaPharma Plasma Closes Donation Centers While It Deals with Suspected Ransomware Attack

HIPAA Journal

The Swiss pharmaceutical firm, Octapharma Plasma, is dealing with a cyberattack that has affected systems at 190 plasma donation centers in 35 U.S. states. Those centers have been temporarily closed while the company responds to the attack and works on bringing the affected systems back online. Octapharma identified suspicious activity within its network on April 17, 2024, and confirmed that an unauthorized third party had breached its network and disrupted certain parts of its operations.

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UnitedHealth offers update on cyberattack data analysis, systems restoration

Fierce Healthcare

UnitedHealth Group provided an update late Monday on its analysis of the data accessed in the cyberattack on Change Healthcare, and said it identified files that contain personal and health informa | UnitedHealth Group provided an update late Monday on its analysis of the data accessed in the cyberattack on Change Healthcare, and said it identified files that contain personal and health information.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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Interoperability: How Hospitals Share Healthcare Data Can Cost Lives, We Can All Do Better

HIT Consultant

Dan Torrens, CEO of eHealth Technologies Patient data interoperability sounds like industry jargon, but it’s a vital piece of providing timely and accurate patient care. Since 1996, when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) became law, there have been good advances in patient data interoperability, but as a whole, the industry has not embraced them.

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Headspace expands to direct-to-consumer mental health market

Fierce Healthcare

Headspace has launched direct-to-consumer text-based mental health coaching to expand its reach beyond employer customers and capture the cash-pay healthcare market. | Headspace is entering the direct-to-consumer mental health coaching market, broadening its reach beyond its model of contracting with health plans and employers.

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FEDIP registration extended to Digital Health Leadership Programme

Digital Health News

Imperial College London students on the Digital Health Leadership Programme can now apply for professional registration from FEDIP.

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Biden admin finalizing industry-opposed staffing requirements for nursing homes

Fierce Healthcare

The Biden administration will finalize a controversial nursing home staffing rule today that includes the more stringent requirements floated in last September’s proposal, Vice President Kamala Har | Later today the federal government will finalize the more stringent version of the Nursing Home Minimum Staffing rule floated last year, Vice President Kamala Harris' office said Monday morning.

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HIPAA Compliance: Can Your Organization Avoid Costly Government Penalties and Fines?

Colington Consulting was established in 2013 and helps organizations achieve HIPAA compliance and ensures clients stay current with the latest enforcement trends. We provide a full range of HIPAA compliance services and consulting. What separates us from our competitors is our knowledge of HIPAA compliance regulations and their application to each of our client’s particular scenarios and requirements.

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Digital identity crucial for security and enabling transformation says Kelly

Digital Health News

Digital identity is crucial for security and enabling digital transformation in healthcare, Imprivata's Dr Sean Kelly told Digital Health News.

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Jury awards Providence's hourly workers $98M in unpaid wages, though judge could double payout

Fierce Healthcare

A Seattle jury determined that Providence had underpaid thousands of its hourly employees by denying second meal breaks during long shifts and rounding down the minutes they clocked in for a shift. | A verdict reached last week could see up to $220 million paid out to over 33,000 of the system's hourly employees. Providence said it plans to appeal the decision.

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CIO Podcast – Episode 73: Health IT Projects with Michael Restuccia

Healthcare IT Today

For the 73rd episode of the CIO podcast hosted by Healthcare IT Today, we are joined by Michael Restuccia, CIO at Penn Medicine to talk about health IT projects! We kick off this episode by discussing the project Restuccia is currently devoting most of his time to. Then we talk about what area of health IT he finds concerning and is keeping an eye on.

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Cigna Group Foundation unveils grant program targeting youth mental health

Fierce Healthcare

Cigna has announced a new multiyear initiative that aims to invest in improving youth mental health. | Cigna has announced a new multiyear initiative that aims to invest in improving youth mental health.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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How Health Data Sharing Impacts How Clinicians Care for Patients

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Dr. Guillermo Diaz, Chief Medical Information Officer at Los Angeles Department of Health Services – Ambulatory Care Network , and Ali Modaressi, CEO at Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES) When Alex was brought into L.A. General’s emergency room, the hospital’s care team documented a number of indicators that appeared to be related to a neurological issue.

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Email Accounts Compromised at UW Health and Medical Home Network

HIPAA Journal

Email accounts have been compromised at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority and the Medical Home Network in Illinois. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority Email Account Breach The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority (UW Health) recently provided an update on a security incident that was detected in late 2023.

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Hippocratic AI Raises $53 Million Series A at a $500 Million Valuation

Healthcare IT Today

Company Releases First Product: Generative AI-Powered Staffing Marketplace for Healthcare and will use Funds to Accelerate Further Product Development and Conduct Phase Three Safety Testing for its LLM Hippocratic AI , the company building the first safety-focused Large Language Model (LLM) for healthcare, today announced the close of a $53 million Series A funding round at a $500 million valuation, bringing total funding to $120 million.

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Only 28% of Ransomware Victims Choose to Pay Ransom

HIPAA Journal

According to the Q1, 2024 ransomware report from the ransomware remediation firm Coveware, ransom payments have fallen to a record low with only 28% of victims opting to pay the ransom to recover files and/or prevent the exposure of stolen data. In Q1, 2019, more than 80% of victims of ransomware attacks paid the ransom, but the percentage has been steadily falling, with only 29% of victims paying up in Q4, 2023, and just 28% in Q1, 2024.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About FACIS, but Didn’t Know to Ask

Speaker: Amy Anderson

FACIS® helps organizations mitigate patient and organizational risk. Maintaining compliance and safeguarding against fraud and abuse in today’s changing healthcare landscape can be challenging. Most healthcare organizations screen and monitor providers against the OIG but that’s only ONE of FACIS®’ primary sources. FACIS® pulls data for every taxonomy from the lowest level employee to the highest level licensed professional.

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Judge recommends tossing CommonSpirit data breach lawsuit

Becker's Health IT

Federal judge recommends dismissing class-action lawsuit against CommonSpirit Health over 2022 cyberattack due to lack of evidence linking breach to bank fraud.

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ICO guidance on transparency published for health and care sector

Digital Health News

New guidance has been issued by ICO over how health and care organisations should be transparent over the use of personal information.

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Value-based care strategy company Lumeris secures $100M

Mobi Health News

The health technology company will use the funds to support the growth of its provider partnerships.

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Is There a Cure for Healthcare’s IT Point of Pain?

HealthIT Answers

By David Smith - In a climate of digital transformation, cyberattacks, and electronic health records integration, investment in healthcare information technology has continued to grow in volume, complexity, and importance. The post Is There a Cure for Healthcare’s IT Point of Pain? appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.