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MI Health Systems Implement Epic Healthy Planet Constellation

September 25, 2017 - Affirmant Health Partners signed a deal with Epic to implement its population health management and accountable care platform — Healthy Planet Constellation — designed for clinically integrated networks. The coalition of health systems is the first super clinically integrated network to adopt the platform. The population health management platform will be used along with...


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CIOs Set to Channel Future Spending Toward EHR Optimization

by Kate Monica

The industry-wide push for EHR adoption led to hasty EHR implementations which in turn have healthcare CIOs focused on EHR optimization efforts. According to a KPMG poll of more than a hundred College of Healthcare Information Management...

How EHRs Help Make Successful Accountable Care Organizations

by Sara Heath

EHRs are an invaluable tool for accountable care organizations, offering a system upon which providers can store and reference important patient information and then easily disseminate that information to other care team members. In fact,...

Interoperability Challenges Affecting Accountable Care

by Sara Heath

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be struggling with EHR interoperability, but are showing promise that they will be successful in their value-based care initiatives. According to a study from Premier Inc., ACOs are having some of...

How EHR Use, Health IT Policies Drive Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

Care coordination is often described as a game-changing approach to healthcare. With all members of a care team—including physician providers, nurses, and other support staff members—being able to effectively communicate with...

Success of a Step-By-Step EHR Adoption Approach at HealthNet

by Sara Heath

HealthNet, an Indianapolis-based health system, has seen enormous success with its EHR use in the five years that have passed since implementation. Since its EHR implementation, the healthcare organization has managed to successfully...

Meaningful Use, ACOs Raise Health IT Integration Needs

by Sara Heath

Federal initiatives such as meaningful use and accountable care organizations (ACOs) are shaping healthcare professionals’ needs when it comes to health IT use. According to a recent study by IDC InfoBrief, healthcare organizations...

Readying EHR Technology for Population Health Management

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The path forward to population health management isn't a straight one for EHR technology which must adapt to new forms of clinical quality reporting and value-based payment. While clinically integrated networks go a long way toward...

Two More Pioneer ACOs Opt Out of Value-Based Program

by Sara Heath

Two more members of the CMS Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program have decided to pursue other paths, reports Priyanka Dayal McCluskey of The Boston Globe.   Steward Health Care System and Mount Auburn Hospital join the...

AMA Begins Two Initiatives to Support Healthcare Innovation

by Sara Heath

In an effort to improve patient care and health IT for the future, the American Medical Association (AMA) has announced that it will be expanding its medical school network and and MATTER partnerships. The goal of the medical school...

Flaws in Pioneer ACO Prompted Dartmouth-Hitchcock Exit

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Flaws in assessing the performance of advanced accountable care organizations (ACOs) as part of the Pioneer ACO Model are responsible for the exit of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Why EHR Interoperability is Vital for Accountable Care

by Vera Gruessner

A major goal of the healthcare industry making headway since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009 is that of care coordination. In order to effectively transition patients between different healthcare settings and coordinate care among...

PA’s Health Information Exchange Awards $674K to Hospitals

by Vera Gruessner

The institution of a health information exchange (HIE) is imperative for the healthcare industry, as it allows for effective data sharing among multiple medical facilities located on opposite sides of the country and coordinates care...

DeSalvo Nominated to be Assistant Secretary for Health

by Vera Gruessner

Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Karen B. Desalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, was nominated by President Obama to become Assistant Secretary for Health. DeSalvo has held the position of National Coordinator at the Department of Health and...

Pioneer ACO Model Brought $384 Million in Savings to Medicare

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare systems began developing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010. Since then, the number of ACOs has grown substantially and led to some significant...

Connecting Behavioral Health EHR to HIT Community at Large

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Behavioral health EHR adoption is on the radar of health IT developers already well position in acute and ambulatory settings. For behavioral health organizations and providers, the challenge of EHR integration centers of the difference in...

Accountable Care, Quality Metrics Must Combine for Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has taken many positive steps towards improving the measurement of quality and patient outcomes, says Margaret E. O’Kane, MHA, President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), but true...

Accountable Care, EHR Interoperability Vital for DOD Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Adopting an EHR infrastructure based on open-source technologies and embracing the private industry’s enthusiasm for accountable care will be critical for the Department of Defense if it wishes to continue providing cost-effective,...

What Is Driving Claims in Healthcare about EHR Usability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past several months, healthcare association and industry reports have highlighted the importance of EHR usability to the success of healthcare organizations and providers providing efficient, effective, and safe patient care. In...

How EHR Interoperability Impacts Future PCMH Success

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite increasing levels of EHR adoption, a new report highlights the limitations of this technology as a result of a lack of EHR interoperability. The ability to overcome a lack of EHR interoperability through the use of complementary...

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