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Can Nashville’s health care leaders solve one of the industry’s biggest challenges? They better

Via Nashville Business Journal » If you’re thinking about the future of health care, you should be mindful of Steve Jobs. Whether that comes in the form of optimism or wariness depends on your perspective. For Charlie Martin, a veteran hospital company CEO and the head of investment firm Martin Ventures, Jobs’ innovative ability is emblematic of […]

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Health Care of the Future: Interoperability

Via HCA Today Blog » Today I had the honor of delivering the keynote speech at the Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care of the Future event at the Music City Center. It was a challenge to tackle this vast subject in just 15 minutes. Following is the text of my speech, which focuses on three […]

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Center for Medical Interoperability Opens Headquarters in Nashville

Via HealthcareInformatics.com » The Center for Medical Interoperability officially opened its headquarters this week and launched a testing and certification laboratory with the aim of improving patient safety and care. The center is a 501(c)(3) cooperative research and development lab founded by health systems to simplify and advance data sharing among medical technologies and systems. The center’s […]

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Nashville’s health care moonshot is ready for its moment

Via Nashville Business Journal » He’s got the hospitals on his side. He’s been courting the vendors. Now he’s ready to see what they can do together. “He” is Ed Cantwell, CEO of the Center for Medical Interoperability, a new Nashville-based nonprofit that has brought together some of the industry’s biggest power players to improve the […]

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Center for Medical Interoperability Opens Headquarters and Unique Lab to Speed Seamless Flow of Patient Medical Data

Lab dedicated to breaking down data barriers that prevent doctors from having quick, complete access to patient information   Nashville, TN (April 6, 2017) – The Center for Medical Interoperability (“The Center”) has opened its headquarters and launched a one-of-a-kind testing and certification laboratory that will improve patient safety and care. The Center is dedicated […]

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Center opens to tackle interoperability challenges in healthcare

Via Health Data Management » Nashville is home to a new 16,000-square-foot Center for Medical Interoperability that will be focused on simplifying and advancing health data sharing across technologies and systems. Thursday is the grand opening of the center, which is a membership-based organization that includes what is described as the first-of-its-kind testing and certification laboratory […]

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Ascension Health, Vanderbilt UMC unveil Center for Medical Interoperability HQ

Via Becker’s Hospital Review » The Center for Medical Interoperability on April 6 opened its headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. The center is a joint initiative of Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America; Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems; Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health; St. Louis-based Ascension Health; and Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center, among other U.S. healthcare providers. […]

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A millionaire’s mission: Stop hospitals from killing their patients by medical error

Via Fox News » IRVINE, Calif. — Joe Kiani likes to point out that the most worn spot on most medical monitoring devices is the mute button. He’s out to change that — and, he hopes, to stop the epidemic of preventable hospital death that kills tens of thousands of Americans each year. It’s not […]

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CEO Ed Cantwell Featured in InCharge Healthcare 2017: The Continuum of Care

Via Nashville Medical News » View the 2017 edition of InCharge Healthcare » As our healthcare delivery system continues to evolve and transform, there is an increasing focus on communication, connection and engagement at every point along the continuum of care. Certainly, the top executives featured on this year’s cover represent not only excellence in […]

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Trusted Wireless Health – A New Approach to Medical Grade Wireless

Via ICT Today » Several current trends give cause to rethink the design of wireless systems in medical buildings. Increasingly, patients are bringing in their connected smart devices and expecting the hospital to provide wireless internet services for free. Studies conducted over the last six years show that guest traffic in these facilities has risen […]

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Blockchain and health care’s future

Via Nashville Post » Disruptive database technology could be industry savior Beyond the country music tropes and Bible Belt platitudes, Nashville should be best known for its place in the health care industry. Headquartered in the city are 16 publicly traded health care companies with a combined $73 billion in global revenue, according to an […]

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Nashville Health Care Council Panel Calls for Leadership, Accountability in Addressing Cyber Threats

Via Businesswire » NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With cyber security breaches becoming an ever-growing issue for health care companies, the Nashville Health Care Council welcomed a panel of experts to discuss strategies for preventing such attacks. Though data invasions can be disastrous for health care organizations, the industry has so far struggled to put processes into place […]

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Center for Medical Interoperability names Ed Cantwell as CEO

  Nashville, TN (October 27, 2016) – The Center for Medical Interoperability, an organization of health systems dedicated to improving health care by advancing the seamless flow of information among medical technologies, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ed Cantwell to Chief Executive Officer. Involved since the Center’s founding, Cantwell previously served as its […]

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ONC offers help navigating complex EHR contracts, post-go-live usability

Via Healthcare IT News » The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has put out new guidance for choosing EHRs and understanding the fine print of vendor contracts. The EHR contract guide – subtitle: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print – aims to help providers that are purchasing new systems better understand […]

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Will MACRA spark interoperability advancements?

The Center for Medical Interoperability introduced a new maturity model and HIMSS publicly commented that focusing on technical interoperability is not enough in the industry-wide move toward value-based care and alternative payment models. The rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will be released early this fall. But even before […]

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From the Editor: How Nashville will save health care

HCA Holdings Inc. and Community Health Systems Inc. control a large chunk of the nation’s hospital beds. That gives them significant power to change the health care industry. So when the two Middle Tennessee hospital giants — and rivals — come together on something, the industry takes notice.   That’s why a new nonprofit group […]

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The tech doesn’t talk: Nashville needs to fix it

Two hundred thousand people die every year because of a failure to communicate. A trillion dollars is wasted every year. That’s how health care experts set the stage when they talk about one of the biggest concerns facing the industry today: a lack of interoperability. Yes, it’s a big word. And it’s one that means […]

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The lingering challenge of healthcare interoperability

Front-line doctors, healthcare administrators, government officials—in fact, just about all everyone connected to medical care–support interoperability, saying it will improve patient care, reduce medical errors and create money-saving efficiencies. But interoperability has yet to become a reality, despite such overwhelming support for the free flow of patient data between caregivers. In fact, healthcare isn’t even […]

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Is EHR data blocking really as bad as ONC claims?

Consensus that EHR vendors and profit-hungry hospitals are intentionally making it hard for patients and others to access date is based on evidence – much of it put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT – that is largely anecdotal. With $32 billion spent already to achieve the meaningful exchange of healthcare and […]

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Why Can’t Everyone Just Get Along?

While the rest of the world has adopted a ‘plug and play’ mentality, healthcare technology still doesn’t play well with others. AUTHORS Cindy Sanders You can get money out of an ATM in Istanbul and watch a movie 35,000 feet in the air on the flight back, but you cannot electronically access your patient’s x-ray taken […]

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What holds healthcare back from the cloud

Web designer Chris Watterston put it best when he created a sticker that went viral: “there is no cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer.” It’s that very issue that makes the cloud both appealing and unappealing to healthcare providers. It’s appealing because it provides the scalable, usable storage for the expanded needs of today’s healthcare […]

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Power of the cloud spurs big push to boost interoperability

The cloud holds great potential for health data exchange interoperability, perhaps even including hopes for international standardization to support the Internet of Things, and it may be used to leverage intense data exchange initiatives, health IT experts believe. Precision medicine based on genomics, with its huge amounts of complex digital information, will tie masses of […]

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Making Technology Talk: How Interoperability Can Improve Care, Drive Efficiency, and Reduce Waste

THE ABUNDANCE OF PROPRIETARY PROTOCOLS AND INTERFACES THAT RESTRICT OR PROHIBIT HEALTHCARE DATA EXCHANGE TAKE A HUGE TOLL ON PRODUCTIVITY. HEALTH SYSTEMS AND PROVIDERS SHOULD DEMAND BETTER INTEROPERABILITY. Many industries have harnessed the power of technology to improve outcomes and reduce costs, but despite continued technological advances, health care overall has experienced negative productivity over […]

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Medical interoperability is next frontier in health technology

I had a routine doctor visit this week.  This physician was not part of the Vanderbilt Medical Group, where my primary care physician practices.  The first 20 minutes of my visit was filling out, by hand, a six page medical history. My daughter, Carrie, has been in Switzerland in school this year, and we can […]

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HealthIT: Both hard realities and major opportunities are C4MI targets

FRAGMENTED, misaligned HealthIT products contribute to the deaths of the equivalent of a jumbo-jetfull of hospital patients, each day. In fact, infections, poor communications, outright medical errors and spotty use of the latest medical evidence in decision-making are estimated to contribute directly to as many as 440,000 hospital patient deaths that might otherwise have been […]

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Industry News

The #1 thing you need to know from the 2017 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference: Follow the money

Via Beckers Hospital Review » If you want to understand the future of the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, the lesson of the past is to ‘follow the money.’ And no one would argue that the place to do that is the infamous JP Morgan Healthcare Conference taking place this week in San Francisco. While […]

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ONC finalizes 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

Via Fierce Healthcare » The ONC’s web-based 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory will be updated throughout the year. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is pushing its Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) into the digital age with a finalized web-based version that will offer continuous updates throughout the year. In its draft version, published […]

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21st Century Cures Act passes Senate; Barack Obama expected to sign wide-ranging healthcare bill into law

Via FierceHealthcare » The Senate approved the 21st Century Cures Act Wednesday afternoon in a majority vote. President Barack Obama could sign it into law as early as tomorrow. The final vote was 94 to 5. The act covers a broad range of medical reforms and innovations, including fixes to the Food and Drug Administration’s process for approving drugs, […]

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How the Cures law will force interoperability to move forward

Via Health Data Management » The new 21st Century Cures Act is about to change healthcare IT, and most of the industry never saw it coming. Passed easily on Wednesday by the House of Representatives, the bill is expected to sail through the Senate next week. It is supported by President Obama, who undoubtedly will […]

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Keys to Interoperability May be in Consumers’ Hands

Via HealthLeaders Media » Making patients the stewards of their own health data could result in better access, despite a business environment where health systems do not make sharing a patient’s data with each other a top priority. The barest outlines of the Trump Administration’s healthcare policy were not yet clear on the morning after […]

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Evolving technologies pose challenge for medical device security

Via Vanderbilt University News » It is the ultimate invasion of privacy: An unscrupulous hacker gains access to a network of interconnected medical devices and then, with a few quick keystrokes, remotely delivers a fatal electric shock to some unsuspecting victim’s pacemaker. This may sound like the plot of a spy novel, but such a […]

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Here’s a Crucial Technological Fix to Rising Health-Care Costs

Via Wall Street Journal » Dr. Peter Pronovost (@PeterPronovost) is a practicing anesthesiologist, critical-care physician, professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine senior vice president and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. He blogs fromVoices for Safer Care. If we want to rein in the costs of the U.S. health-care system – now equal to […]

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EHR interoperability’s uncertain future

Via Medical Economics » For urgent care physician John Kulin, DO, interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) has long been a dream—one that remains unfulfilled. In his Manahawkin, New Jersey, practice, he and his staff of 17 physicians have access to complete medical records for fewer than 5% of all patients despite significant investments in interoperability software. With 60,000 […]

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In Health Affairs Blog, DeSalvo, Washington Share Ambitions for an Interoperable Future

Via Healthcare Informatics » A new Health Affairs blog by Drs. DeSalvo and Washington shares thoughts on what will be needed to create an interoperable future The immediate past National Coordinator for Health IT and the recently appointed National Coordinator for Health IT on Sep. 29 co-authored a blog online in Health Affairs touting the gains made […]

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Interoperability, the cherished dream

Via Politico » EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON INTEROPERABILITY: CIOs who met at a Capitol Hill event Tuesday rejected comments by Allscripts CEO Paul Black suggesting that interoperability was just around the corner and that information blocking “has broadly been solved.” CHIME CEO Russ Branzell got the discussion going by asking panelists if they agreed. “Not even close,” […]

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Jonathan Perlin’s ‘Elevator Pitch to the President’ on Health IT

Via Healthcare Informatics » Focus on learning health system, interoperability, cybersecurity, he says What would you say if you had to make an “elevator pitch” in just three to five minutes to the President of the United States about what to focus on in terms of the nation’s healthcare system? That was the question put […]

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Almost 70 Percent of Hospitals Provide Patients View, Download and Transmit Access to Health Information

While hospital adoption of key patient engagement functionalities is increasing, small and critical access hospitals are lagging behind Seven out of 10 hospitals in the U.S. (69 percent) now provide their patients with the ability to view, download and transmit their health information electronically, an almost seven-fold increase since 2013, according to a data brief […]

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Tackling the health IT challenge: A Nashville case study

The health care sector is seen as both a blessing and a curse to cities. On one hand, the sector continues to be a solid and steady employment base for regions. On the other hand, many of these jobs aren’t high-paying. Nationally, steep health care costs have placed untenable financial burdens on both individuals and families. […]

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ONC’s Interoperability Experience Task Force: 4 steps to bolster health information exchange

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT advisory group, IXTF, outlined suggestions spanning government policy, technology, and public-private collaborations to improve health data sharing. The Interoperability Experience Task Force recommended four tactics for enhancing the practice of health information exchange to national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD. Created to advise the Office of the […]

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AMIA questions whether EHR data can be used for research

The use of electronic health records for clinical research offers great opportunities to facilitate medical research but there’s a long road ahead before digital records can reliably used for that purpose. That’s the warning of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), which yesterday filed comments responding to the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed guidance on […]

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Do we need more or less healthcare IT regulation and legislation?

‘Sometimes when clinicians prescribe medication, although it does therapeutic good, it creates side effects which need to be addressed by changing a dose or by adding additional medications.’ Just as I clarified last week in my post about certification, the answer to the question “do we need more or less healthcare IT regulation and legislation” is […]

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At iHT2 Boston, Micky Tripathi’s Refreshing Take on Interoperability

During a closing keynote presentation last week at the iHT2 Boston Health IT Summit, Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), debunked certain healthcare interoperability “myths” while offering a positive outlook on the future of data exchange. The event, from the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2—a sister organization to Healthcare Informatics under the […]

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HHS ups its efforts to foster interoperability

When Sylvia Mathews Burwell took the stage as the opening keynote speaker at the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS) conference on Feb. 29, it was to deliver the latest deal with the private sector to advance the future of health care. The Secretary of Health and Human Services had just secured an agreement from some of […]

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Slavitt: Vendors Bear Burden to Deliver On Promise of Health IT Connectivity

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services moves to new payment models based on value rather than volume, a lot more will be asked of health IT technology and the vendors who sell them to providers, according to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. Slavitt told the nation’s largest physician group on June 13 that […]

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Is ONC putting too much hope on the cloud?

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is pinning its latest hopes for interoperability on the cloud, namely with application programing interfaces, or APIs. But is this hope realistic? Experts feel it will be a close call to get the API standards ready in time for requirements found in the April […]

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Internet of Things impacts hospitals, health care facilities

The Internet of Things will continue to grow at hospitals as data become easier to share ILLUSTRATION BY ISTOCK 3.21.16 by Jeff Ferenc It may be tempting to dismiss it as just another buzz phrase in a field bursting at the seams with jargon, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay in […]

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FCC auction will complicate patient-monitor airwaves

By Adam Rubenfire  | March 18, 2016 Despite objections by hospitals, the Federal Communications Commission is proceeding with an airwave auction next week that will force unlicensed wireless devices onto a channel previously reserved for patient monitors. The FCC will sell licenses for much of the 600 MHz spectrum, allowing only unlicensed use on Channel 37, […]

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LHC in DC: Waiting for the Insure TN stars to align

Group also hears about rise in interoperability, impact of Trump authors Staff Reports Editor’s note: This is the first post from the Nashville Health Care Council’s 2016 Leadership Health Care Delegation to Washington. Look for more content in the coming days and click here for other entries from past years’ visits. Leadership Health Care kicked […]

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The Patient Safety Movement Announced 49 Medical Technology Companies Have Signed the Pledge to Share Data

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that 49 healthcare technology companies have signed the Patient Safety Movement’s Open Data Pledge, a public pledge to share their data to promote patient safety. The pledge is designed to foster a marketplace of data analytics to encourage entrepreneurs to develop novel uses of health data that will […]

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Center for Medical Interoperability Statement Supporting Commitments to Improve the Flow of Health Information

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 1, 2016) – “We are encouraged by the pledges to make health information easily and securely accessible. The public and private sectors must work together to advance this national priority, and we appreciate HHS’s leadership and commitment to our shared goals. The Center is engaging in its capacity as a cooperative R&D arm […]

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