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Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

 Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.

FDA seeks ways to break down walls surrounding data

The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research wants ideas on how to link previously "siloed" systems for gathering data in an effort to quicken the pace of clinical innovation.

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

Allscripts, a major EHR vendor, is furthering its relationship with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantHealth precision medicine startup, which plans to go public by year-end. The two companies hope to collaborate on a precision medicine platform for cancer care.

McKesson appoints McElligot as new CIO, CTO

McKesson appoints McElligot  as new CIO, CTO

Healthcare giant McKesson Corp. has appointed Kathy McElligot as its next CIO and CTO. McKesson is heavily investing in health information technology startups and is expecting to spend several hundred million dollars over the next five to eight years.

Innovations: Facial recognition software measures pain

Innovations: Facial recognition software measures pain

It's difficult enough for providers to assess pain levels in adult patients with the ability to describe their pain and compare it with past experiences. It's much harder in treating children or adults with dementia. But soon there may be software that can help.

Experts divided on new head of privacy division at HHS

Experts divided on new head of privacy division at HHS

Deven McGraw has been named deputy director of the health information privacy division of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS. McGraw will lead OCR's policy and enforcement on HIPAA. Some hail this move, while others worry about her stance on privacy issues and a perceived "pro-business" slant.

Bill aims to free ASC docs from some meaningful-use rules

The Senate Finance Committee began marking up a bipartisan bill meant to adjust meaningful-use requirements for physicians using ambulatory surgery centers. The legislation would protect providers from possible Medicare reimbursement penalties by excluding ASC patient visits from counting toward...

Arcadia Healthcare Solutions to acquire Sage Technologies

Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, a provider of software that analyzes and aggregates electronic health-record data, has acquired Sage Technologies, which makes management and analytics software for managed-care businesses and accountable care organizations.

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