Healthcare IT Firm Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Project, Codebases Activated

Healthcare IT Firm Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Project, Codebases Activated

  • May 22, 2017

Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation consortium working to advance blockchain technology, announced today that Change Healthcare has joined as a Premier Member, according to Stan Higgins reporting at CoinDesk. Higgins notes that Change Healthcare is the first U.S. healthcare IT firm to join the Linux Foundation-backed Hyperledger. Read the article

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Hyperledger Adds Change Healthcare As Premier Member

Hyperledger Adds Change Healthcare as Premier Member

  • May 22, 2017

Change Healthcare has joined the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project, the cross-industry initiative boosting blockchain technology. Change Healthcare becomes the first healthcare IT company to join the group at the “Premier Member” level, meaning company CTO Aaron Symanski will join the Hyperledger Governing Board. Read the news release

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McKesson Entity Now Change Healthcare

McKesson Entity Now Change Healthcare

  • May 6, 2017

McKesson Technology Solutions and Change Healthcare have merged to create a new healthcare information technology company. The new Change Healthcare includes all of Change Healthcare's businesses and the majority of McKesson Technology Solutions, and will employ about 15,000 people. Read the article

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Two New Federal Interoperability Rules: What You Need To Know

Two New Federal Interoperability Rules: What You Need to Know

  • January 12, 2017

By Lisa Conley Payers and providers are increasingly vocal about their need for health information technology (HIT) systems to interoperate in a consistent and industry-wide manner. While the industry has made progress on this front, recent actions in Washington aim to accelerate the pace of progress while also demonstrating the government’s commitment to HIT interoperability. On October 14th, 2016, the federal government announced two final regulations that impact the ongoing transformation to “full interoperability” in healthcare. One regulation was the nearly 2,400-page final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on implementation of the Medicare and CHIP…

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From Silos To Services For Value-Based Care

From Silos to Services for Value-Based Care

  • September 19, 2016

A bundled payment program built by hand 25 years ago is still delivering lessons for HIT today By Amy Larsson The evolution of healthcare IT systems seen by industry visionaries sounds great. Siloed clinical and insurance systems get connected and can work as one. Information-rich processes flow smoothly and securely over connected services that span care settings, providers, and payers. We gain leaps in efficiency, quality, and accuracy of care coordination, delivery, and payment systems. And as healthcare evolves in its journey to value, we snap clinical and payment services together like the related pieces of the healthcare puzzle that…

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The Interoperability Imperative

The Interoperability Imperative

  • September 19, 2016

How interoperability unlocks silos in enterprise applications and connects the business logic needed to support value-based reimbursement By Michael Wood Interoperability is about more than just moving data from one application to another. It’s about easily and seamlessly capitalizing on the business logic that is locked within separate—and often siloed—applications to create new capabilities that can solve business problems in a unique way. Today, interoperability must occur both within the four walls of a payer or provider’s IT infrastructure as well as within or between on-premise, off-premise, cloud, hybrid, and other hosting approaches in a manner that appears to be…

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Five Strategies For Maintaining Healthy Revenue During An EHR Transition

Five Strategies for Maintaining Healthy Revenue During An EHR Transition

  • February 29, 2016

You’ve heard the horror stories. Now hear how making clinical and financial data “inseparable” can help ensure a smooth migration that doesn’t blow up the revenue cycle. By David Dyke and Carmen Deguzman Sessoms Your EHR migration can cost you twice. But the second cost is avoidable if you know where to look and what to do. The first cost is obvious. It’s the cost of the migration itself, which, for hospitals, can run from under $10,000 to over $50,000 per physician, with ongoing monthly fees of $300 to $700 per doctor. For a large provider network, that can mean…

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Beware The EHR “Ripple Effect”

Beware the EHR “Ripple Effect”

  • February 29, 2016

EHR conversions can be complicated and disruptive. So don’t make them more problematic by making unnecessary changes to revenue cycle management systems. By David Dyke Like any major IT system implementation, an EHR conversion can be seriously disruptive to hospital operations—and finances. In addition to the many technical and clinical considerations of these projects, hospitals and health systems typically face an array of revenue cycle implications that may pose significant financial risks. Most of the pitfalls, however, are entirely avoidable, and those providers that align the technical, clinical, and financial elements of the project from the start can convert a…

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