VA oncologists Michael Kelley, left, and Neil Spector review a Watson for Genomics DNA analysis report. Today at Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Summit, IBM announced a partnership with the Veterans Administration to tackle cancer for veterans. (Photo: Martha Hoelzer)

By Bernie Monegain 09:14 am June 29, 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM Watson Health today launched a public-private partnership to provide veterans with cancer a better shot at recovery. IBM announced the initiative at Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Summit today,
By Jeff Lagasse 05:18 pm June 28, 2016
Medical imaging vendors are operating in a "churn" market, according to a new peer60 report, as hospitals experiment in finding which image sharing features mean the most to them.
By Jessica Davis 03:06 pm June 28, 2016
The healthcare records of some 655,000 patients are allegedly being sold on the dark web for 151 to 607 bitcoins or $100,000 to $395,000, according to the website DeepDotWeb.
Irv Lichtenwald, CEO of Medsphere Systems

Medsphere Systems CEO Irv Lichtenwald says his company's merger with ChartLogic will create "a comprehensive healthcare IT platform that extends from physician practices to acute care hospitals and inpatient behavioral health facilities."

By Bernie Monegain 02:49 pm June 28, 2016
Hospital electronic health record developer Medsphere Systems and ambulatory EHR maker ChartLogic are merging. The move, announced today, expands Medsphere’s enterprise healthcare IT products and services to include ChartLogic’s ambulatory EHR, practice management and medical billing technology.

"In creating this flexibility, CMS is proposing a level of complexity that increases the burden on eligible clinicians," HIMSS told acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt in a June 27 letter.

By Mike Miliard 11:09 am June 28, 2016
The deadline to submit comments on the sweeping payment and delivery changes proposed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was June 27. Most major health organization have made their voices heard.

"Together we will create significant value by bringing together complementary capabilities from both organizations to deliver innovative new solutions for customers," said Neil de Crescenzo, president and chief executive officer of Change Healthcare.

By Jessica Davis 10:55 am June 28, 2016
McKesson Corp. and analytics company Change Healthcare are joining forces to create a new health IT entity. McKessson will combine its information technology business with Nashville-based Change, formerly known as Emdeon.

"With Patient Insights, healthcare providers can instead automatically identify high-risk patients or analyze high-cost encounters and quickly take action to impact care quality and protect the bottom line," says James Lawson, vice president of payment and population solutions at 3M Health Information Systems, in a statement.

By Jessica Davis 02:58 pm June 27, 2016
3M Health Information Systems has added another physician workflow and analytics tool to its 360 Encompass MD repertoire with its newest tool: Patient Insights Suite. It was announced today at HFMA ANI in Las Vegas.

The new network offers "a powerful communication infrastructure platform to improve patient care through closer collaboration and data sharing between researchers and physicians" at five locations spanning 50 miles, says John McFarland, Moffitt's director of technology services.

By Mike Miliard 02:21 pm June 27, 2016
In an effort to streamline data-heavy applications such as advanced imaging, electronic health records and molecular medicine, Moffitt Cancer Center has launched a new private enterprise network.

"The proposed scoring system is nothing short of a mathematical marvel," said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, president and CEO of MGMA, of MACRA's proposed Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. "Its narrow definition of APM provides almost no opportunities for medical groups to begin the shift away from fee-for-service reimbursement."

By Jessica Davis 11:21 am June 27, 2016
The physician practice association offered recommendations for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Models proposed by MACRA – including a reduction of reporting requirements across MIPS.

Cedars Sinai Medical Center plans to launch virtual reality pilots aimed easing pain for patients.


By Bernie Monegain 10:56 am June 27, 2016
Cedars Sinai Medical Center will begin to use virtual reality technology from Applied VR, in hopes of easing patients' pain with without use of drugs. Hospital executives say it will introduce VR content first in its Spine Center.

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