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  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, ACA or Obamacare)

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, ACA or Obamacare) is a healthcare law passed by Congress in 2010 during the administration of President Barack Obama. Continue Reading

  • Improving population health management through clinical data analysis

    Healthcare organizations are aiming to improve patient care through analysis of clinical data. Fueled by the Affordable Care Act and electronic health record incentives under the HITECH Act, these organizations are dealing with more -- and better -- data than ever before. To achieve actionable clinical analysis will take hard work -- from both analysts and physicians.

    SearchHealthIT editors have compiled this three-part guide to help healthcare professionals get started on the path toward improved population health management. First, data architect Trevor Strome explains how an influx of data -- from mobile health apps and health IT systems for patient care -- is changing the process of accessing data. Strome details how to make the most of data requests to help clinicians improve patient health. Next, Joseph Kim, M.D., takes a look at healthcare data analytics as a means to rate physician performance. Kim employs a real-world example, the preventative treatment of blood clots, to illustrate how data analytics can improve physician performance through qualified feedback. To close, IT consultant Jon Gaasedelen helps readers determine whether a private or public cloud is better for their organization's data storage needs. Continue Reading

  • Healthcare privacy and security developments driving more channel business

    There's a new healthcare security landscape confronting channel companies, driven by EHR, mobile apps and the emergence of health insurance exchanges. Continue Reading

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  • Study: Shift to value-based care being made but more work remains

    With the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, many are questioning how changes in Washington, D.C., may affect the shift to value-based care. A study commissioned by Quest ... Continue Reading

  • Health IT data market sees a push for VNA systems adoption

    It's been a few years since the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act were signed into law, which forced healthcare organizations to begin revitalizing, revamping and securing their health IT data systems. After such a length of time, you'd think organizations should be just about wrapping up their updates, and -- as SearchHealthIT news director Don Fluckinger puts it in this issue of Pulse -- "getting back to business as usual." But you'd be wrong, he writes. In fact, the many updates and rules to meaningful use and HIPAA have many in health IT as busy as ever.

    In the cover story of this issue, news and features writer Shaun Sutner investigates how Integris Health in Oklahoma City "saved" their data through an intense, time-consuming and costly health IT initiative: converting all of their medical imaging files to a modern vendor neutral archive (VNA) system. VNAs are designed as central repositories for images from a variety of sources and vendors, while traditional picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) are proprietary systems that share little of the images they store. Fluckinger talks to cloud EHR vendors in our second feature story, a report from athenahealth’s More Disruption Please conference. Certain executives love to hate meaningful use -- athenahealth’s Kyle Armbrester, for example, compared it to the federal "cash for clunkers" automobile incentive program at the conference. On the other hand, Fluckinger writes, it's been a boon for businesses, especially cloud vendors.

    Also in this issue: SearchHealthIT resident expert Trevor Strome tackles the issues of patient privacy in analytics. He argues that patient data should be totally anonymized -- with personal health information, or PHI, hidden -- unless absolutely necessary.

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  • ACO Survey: Physician ACOs are the new normal

    An ACO survey shows ACOs are mostly physician-run; they're doing well, but still have workflow and data analytics challenges to overcome. Continue Reading

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