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Combining health systems and hospitals means combining their health information, making the health information management (HIM) strategy a critical facet of any merger, which can be tripped up by poor planning or having an unhelpful electronic health record (EHR) vendor.

Implementation of information governance practices—or at least a need to implement them in the future—is growing, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

Less than 5 percent of consumers had accessed their electronic health record through a patient portal in 2013. By 2016, that number had skyrocketed to 82 percent, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

The acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business focused on hospital and health system IT by Allscripts has been completed as of Oct. 2, a move which appears to have tremendous support among providers using McKesson’s Paragon electronic health record (EHR) system.

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means changes for the regulatory landscape and enforcement for health information management, which will be the focus of David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, during his presentation at this week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference.

 

Recent Headlines

Zimmer Biomet to acquire LDR to enhance innovation and growth of spine business

Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a global provider of musculoskeletal healthcare, and LDR Holding Corporation, a global medical device company, have announced that both boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement under which Zimmer Biomet acquire all the outstanding shares of LDR for $37 per share in cash, a value of approximately $1 billion. 

Going live: ONC unveils website with cost, quality info for health IT products

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology unveiled a website offering more detailed and easier-to-understand information about certified health IT products.

Change Healthcare, SourceMed to partner on billing for outpatient healthcare providers

Change Healthcare, a provider of software and analytics and technology-enabled services, has announced a partnership with SourceMed, a provider of outpatient software solutions and revenue cycle management services for surgery centers.

Digital aide may increase patient control of asthma

A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice showed the use of a new digital health technology may improve patients’ ability to control asthma symptoms.

CHIME, AEHIS weigh in on FDA's medical device cybersecurity guidance

CHIME and AEHIS believe the solution begins with more cooperation between healthcare organizations and device manufacturers.

19,000 patients at risk after Bizmatic hack

Patient Treatment Centers of America and the Interventional Surgery Institute are notifying over 19,000 patients of a security breach suffered by third party vendor Bizmatics.

Endpoint vulnerability threatens healthcare security

A survey conducted by Ponemon Institutes has found that the risk of healthcare network leaks and cyber-attacks is rising as a result of endpoint vulnerabilities.

Biomedical breakthrough? E-skin could monitor vital signs

Even in the world of Star Trek, technology hadn’t advanced this far. Medics on the Enterprise still had to lug around little handheld devices. But here in 2016, researchers have developed an ultrathin, flexible film that, one day, may become an electronic second skin.

Digital aide may improve diabetes, hypertension treatment

A new study shows the potential for digital health offerings to improve care for patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes by reducing blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels while leading to increased control of blood pressure.

3 U.S. healthcare companies ranked among the world’s top innovators

Cerner (#34), Express Scripts (#66) and Intuitive Surgical (#87), all healthcare-specific companies based in the U.S., have made the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies.

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