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11/16/2017

The latest figures from the CMS show that almost 1.5 million shoppers selected Affordable Care Act plans in the first two weeks of enrollment this year, nearly 500,000 higher than in the same period last year. Among this year's enrollees are 345,719 who are new to the exchange, compared with 246,433 a year ago.

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11/16/2017

Seventy-five percent of health care organizations reported offering or planning to provide telemedicine options in 2017, 53% of which intend to expand such services, despite 87% of those surveyed in 2014 saying they were not expecting the majority of their patients to be using telemedicine by 2017, according to a Foley & Lardner poll. The survey also showed that 22% provided international telemedicine, and 32% expressed interest in exploring global expansion.

11/16/2017

A study in JAMA Dermatology showed that smartphone photos provided by parents can be used to diagnose skin conditions in children, with photograph-based diagnosis and in-person diagnosis having an overall concordance of 83%. Researchers evaluated data from a randomized clinical trial of 40 patient-parent pairs and found that parents were willing to use teledermatology rather than wait for an in-person appointment.

11/16/2017

The HHS Office of Inspector General will accept until Nov. 29 responses to its request for information regarding a cloud-ready enterprise platform for big data analytics. The solution must be able to analyze multiple large structured or unstructured datasets and identify relationships between datasets, and it should also include data visualization, query, filter and machine learning tools.

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ExecutiveBiz
11/16/2017

A proposed settlement agreement from CliniComp states that it will drop its legal complaint against the Department of Veterans Affairs if the agency conducts a benchmark test to determine whether the company's existing EHR software meets or exceeds the VA's requirements for interoperability. CliniComp says the VA's decision to give a no-bid contract to Cerner for replacing its VistA EHR violates federal regulations.

11/16/2017

Geisinger is beginning a nationwide precision health initiative to expand its model of integrating data science and genomics into precision health care and to establish partnerships and ventures with organizations throughout the US. The program will integrate Geisinger's EHR data and promote its MyCode Community Health Initiative, which stores and codes the DNA of community members.

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Geisinger
11/16/2017

The NextSeq 550Dx, a next-generation sequencer that comes with a diagnostic mode and a research mode, was launched by Illumina. The company also announced the inclusion of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues for the intended use of its existing MiSeq Dx platform.

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Illumina
11/16/2017

An Integrated Healthcare Strategies survey of 874 health care organizations showed that the base salary of hospital and health system CIOs averaged $322,000 in 2017, and compensation for leadership-level IT positions rose by about 3% during the past year. Researchers also found that organizations intend to raise the salaries of IT staff and those in the managerial and executive positions by 2.8% on average over the next year.

11/16/2017

CHIME has suspended its $1 million National Patient ID Challenge after falling short of achieving the desired results in addressing accuracy in patient identification and patient matching, despite making good progress in the effort, CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell said. Branzell also said that CHIME will be refocusing its efforts on another strategy aimed at tackling the patient safety hazard.

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HIT Consultant
11/16/2017

Health care organizations should focus on complying with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, implementing cybersecurity plans and remaining people-oriented to enhance privacy and security, according to a blog post in the Journal of AHIMA. The group also cited the importance of sharing information between organizations, as well as the benefits of joining an information sharing and analysis organization.

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