AHIMA calls on Congress to fight opioids with information sharing, patient matching
By Mike Miliard 01:51 pm March 20, 2018
The group says privacy can still be maintained while giving care providers secure access to relevant substance abuse data and calls on Congress to allow HHS to pursue patient ID strategies.
By Bill Siwicki 12:30 pm March 20, 2018
A two-phase launch starts in June with physicians getting a "wallet" through which Arizona Care Network will distribute its provider rewards and incentives via blockchain.
Biden takes issue with Trump administration's interoperability plans

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaking in Pennsylvania on March 15. Credit: C-span

By Mike Miliard 04:44 pm March 19, 2018
The MyHealthEData Initiative, announced by CMS' Seema Verma at HIMSS18, is too light on detail to make much of a difference, said the former VP – who offered his own way forward.
Blockchain in healthcare
By Mike Miliard 10:12 am March 19, 2018
As healthcare organizations start to dip their toes in the waters of distributed ledger technology, the COO of Hashed Health offers advice about doing it right.
VA Cerner EHR

VA Secretary Shulkin testifying during the House Appropriations Subcommittee on March 15. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 10:51 am March 16, 2018
The embattled VA secretary told a Congressional committee that the agency is working closely with the DoD to learn lessons for its own Cerner overhaul.
EHR versus CHR
By Mike Miliard 01:20 pm March 15, 2018
The C should stand for connected, not comprehensive, say tech, policy and clinical experts at the school's Center for Digital Health Innovation.
Michigan kicked its PDMP up a notch to clamp down on opioids
By Bill Siwicki 09:17 am March 14, 2018
Michigan, like much of the rest of this country, is in the midst of an opioid crisis. The number of opioid prescriptions, individuals in substance use disorder programs and, worst of all, opioid-related drug overdose deaths have all increased from 2011 to 2015 in the state.
VA Secretary David Shulkin EHR modernization

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, speaking at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas on March 10.

By Jessica Davis 01:22 pm March 13, 2018
Recent reports claim President Trump has lost patience with the bipartisan-supported Shulkin, which could put the Cerner-VA contract on hold -- indefinitely.

HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf gives the opening keynote of HIMSS18 in Las Vegas.

By Mike Miliard 04:02 pm March 12, 2018
The post-EHR era is well and truly here, but EHR-centric challenges are still as thorny as ever.
Intermountain launches mental health tech company
By Bernie Monegain 02:12 pm March 12, 2018
Alluceo provides team-based mental health tools and services to sync patients and care teams.

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