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News from the Healthcare and Healthcare Technology World

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Promises to Spend $3 Billion to Research and Cure All Diseases

“We believe we can cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime,” Chan said. “It doesn’t mean that no one will get sick, but they should get sick a lot less.” (October 2016; article originally published on September 2016)

Epic reveals R&D Spending Outstrips Apple, Google, and It’s Competitors

Giant EHR company Epic systems claims that it’s Research and Development spending surpasses that of global powerhouses Apple and Google, in terms of percentage of operating expenses – a whopping 50%. (September 2016)

2016-17 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and Overview

According to U.S. News and World, this year “the Best Hospitals Honor Roll has been revamped for 2016-17 to take both the national rankings and the procedure and condition ratings into account.”  (August 2016)

Significant Growth Potential Exists in Clinical, Business Intelligence Solutions Market

“It is not surprising to see moderate adoption levels of clinical and business solutions, or minimal investment plans as organizations have been focused on other clinical areas,” says HIMSS Analytics Director of Research, Brendan FitzGerald.  “However, with the shift to value-based care and the potential impact of predictive and prescriptive analytics on patient care, growth in this solution category should increase significantly in the next three to five years.”  (July 2016; article originally published on June 2016)

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) chief Karen DeSalvo: now is the time to build on widespread EHR adoption

“As a doctor, a daughter and a policymaker, I know that we need to see actionable, usable, electronic health information available when and where it matters to consumers and all of us who are users of that data,” DeSalvo said.  (June 2016)

ONC: 96 Percent of Acute Care Hospitals Have Adopted Certified EHRs

A large number of nonfederal acute care hospitals – 96% – are now using a certified EHR as of 2015, according to Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT or ONC.  Additionally, “the percentage of hospitals that had adopted “comprehensive” EHRs with increased levels of functionality increased from 1.6 percent in 2008 to 40 percent in 2015.”  (May 2016)

Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

The new acronyms for Medicare payment paths, as explained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These are part of the “single framework to help clinicians transition from payments based on volume to payments based on value.” (April 2016)


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1 Comment

  1. Gary K. Cameron MSA, BSN, RN, CCM

    I would like regular informational updates as I am completing my PhD at UAMS and believe this will be extremely useful for my future work. Thank you


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