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2/4/2016

A partnership was formed between Delaware Valley ACO and Aetna to offer better care to around 70,000 patients in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As part of the deal, value-based care services will be offered to Aetna clients who are being cared for by DVACO providers. Incentives will be given to participating physicians based on patient satisfaction, quality measures and lower care costs.

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Delaware Valley ACO, Aetna
2/4/2016

Almost half of health care life sciences companies surveyed in an IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report said they have hired CIOs in the past three years because of increasing digital health innovations. The report also said new data and digital innovation posts were created by over 80% of the firms in that time period. However, CIOs were part of the executive team in less than 25% of companies surveyed.

2/4/2016

The CMS has allowed Premier to access the privacy-protected Medicare information available on its Virtual Research Data Center. The database will be leveraged by Premier to develop approaches to improve care quality and contain costs.

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Medicare, data center
2/4/2016

Digital is now so ingrained in our lives that it's easy to assume you already know the best security practices to keep you and your organization safe from a data breach. But with 30% of cyber breaches caused by "negligence or mistakes," and with cyberthreats on the increase, complacency can cost you. Read on to discover simple steps to take to keep your data safe every day.

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theonebrief.com
2/3/2016

A research team at the Francis Crick Institute led by biologist Kathy Niakan has gained UK approval to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique on human embryos to learn more about how embryos implant and develop. The goal is to better understand and possibly thwart miscarriages and infertility. The technology has been explored in animal models, but its use in human embryos has been approached with caution. The embryos in Niakan's study will not be used to establish a pregnancy. Rather, Niakan and her team hope to build on research using mouse embryos that shed light on the genetic basis of embryo development.

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Time.com, Vox
2/3/2016

The National Rural Accountable Care Organization has expanded with the recent addition of two Surry County, N.C., hospitals. As part of the group, the providers gain access to medical claims information and other resources to improve care.

2/3/2016

Dell was tapped by CarePoint Health in New Jersey to implement IT upgrades for the health system. As part of the deal, Dell XC Web-Scale Converged Appliances will be used for infrastructure stabilization and to secure the health system's EMRs. In addition, the provider's MEDITECH applications will be hosted by cloud-based Dell MSite.

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BeckersASC.com
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Dell, The deal
2/3/2016

The CMS has clarified the hardship exemption process for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program with new guidance. The additional information states that applications for hardship exemptions that apply to 2017 payment adjustments don't require documentation.

2/3/2016

The Medical Group Management Association said it will be a tenant at the Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation hub in Denver that is set to open in 2018. Having a space at the center will offer an opportunity for the association's leaders and members to work with other stakeholders to launch innovative strategies for boosting patient care, said MGMA President and CEO Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright.

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Healthcare IT News
2/3/2016

Inpatients at West Chester Hospital in Ohio are now able to use Samsung tablet computers at the facility, as part of its My UC Health Bedside initiative, to easily access their health records. The tablets will also provide access to educational resources on topics related to patients' conditions and allow them to submit questions to members of their care teams.

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Samsung