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Care Management Weekly News Update 5/13/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, May 13, 2021 @ 11:48 AM

What Is Digital Care's Destination? 4 Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

Where is digital innovation headed — and how should it be incorporated into member benefits for a patient-centric, value-added experience?  Now, providers, payers and employers must consider their long-term strategies for care delivery.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 5/5/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, May 05, 2021 @ 11:56 AM

VA Head Visits Hospital After 'Pleas for Help' With New Cerner EHR

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Denis McDonough, visited Spokane, Wash.-based Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center after he heard concerns that the VA's Cerner EHR adoption was causing distress for veterans and hospital staff, according to an April 29 article by CBS affiliate Krem 2.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/28/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 11:27 AM

Experts: COVID's Telehealth Boom Giving Patients an 'Overwhelming Drive for Self-Empowerment'

It's not a secret that COVID-19 has dramatically increased the demand for and interest in digital health. Matthew Stoudt, co-founder and CEO of AppliedVR, said that there is an "overwhelming drive for self-empowerment" that patients are now beginning to experience as they embrace virtual healthcare services. "The more that people are becoming digitally comfortable, the more they feel like they can...

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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/21/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 @ 11:11 AM

Using Team-Based Approaches to EHR Usability, EHR Optimization

A multidisciplinary team focused on EHR optimization is effective at improving EHR usability and ultimately mitigating clinician burnout, according to a Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) Open case report.   

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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/14/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 02:16 PM

VA Faces Pivotal Moment With EHR After Months of Lingering Usability Problems

Months after the initial go-live, VA employees and congressional stakeholders tell Federal News Network the deployment in Spokane was far less successful than the department initially touted. And though some pieces of the electronic health record are working well, they say the initial rollout was not a viable proof of concept for VA’s $16 billion, 10-year EHR modernization effort — at least not yet.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 4/7/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 07, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

Implementing Measurement Science for Electronic Health Record Use

The EHR era is still in its infancy. An appreciation of its failures is widespread, but reliable, quantitative metrics of vendor performance are lacking. Scientifically sound EHR use metrics are needed to drive measurable improvements in EHR design, implementation, and regulation and to inform improvements in clinical workflows and teamwork.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 04/01/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Apr 01, 2021 @ 10:41 AM

McDonough Acknowledges Productivity Concerns With VA's New EHR

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough told Congress he still believed the department could meet its initial $16 billion, 10-year budget and timeline for implementing Cerner’s Millennium electronic health record suite, despite multiple delays and problems with the modernization effort at its first go-live site.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 3/24/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 @ 11:58 AM

VA Officials Order Strategic Review of Their EHR Modernization Program

With the modernization of its core electronic health record (EHR) system tangled up in delays, senior officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on March 19 announced that they were ordering a strategic review of the modernization process.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 3/17/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 17, 2021 @ 11:19 AM

HHS Will Send $250M in Grants for Vaccine Equity Push

HHS is offering $250M in grants to improve healthcare literacy and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine in underserved populations, the agency said Monday. The funding is available to cities, counties and other subdivisions and is expected to fund 30 urban projects and 42 rural projects over the next two years. Applications are open through April 20.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 3/10/21

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 10, 2021 @ 11:36 AM

Mobile Health Apps Leak Sensitive Data Through APIs, Report Finds

“Recovering hacker” Alissa Knight calls personal health information the most valuable data on the dark web. Knight partnered with mobile security company Approov to hack 30 mobile health apps to highlight the threats they face through application program interfaces (APIs). All of the apps were found to be vulnerable to API attacks, and some allowed access to electronic health records (EHRs).

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