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  • 01 Apr 2019 3:46 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    by Kate Monica | EHR Intelligence | March 14, 2019

    MEDITECH has scored several new contracts with Massachusetts hospitals interested in launching web-based EHR implementations.

    MEDITECH is strengthening its foothold in the health IT market with several recent EHR implementation contract wins in Massachusetts and other states.

    The health IT company’s web-based EHR offering — Expanse — is seeing a spike in new business in 2019.

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  • 27 Mar 2019 1:37 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    By John Halamka, MD | Healthcare IT News | March 27, 2019

    As the world deals with aging populations, the Harvard professor and veteran CIO looks at how Japan has the urgency, vision and support to change care delivery models in ways that other countries would be smart to emulate.

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  • 26 Mar 2019 12:07 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Carson prefers government-private insurer ‘middle-way’

    The chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care doesn’t want the government to take over the entire health insurance business – at least until after he retires – but he sees some advantages to the movement seeking an expansion of Medicare so that government-backed insurance covers everyone.

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  • 22 Mar 2019 10:41 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    The Boston CIO Leadership Association, in partnership with the Boston Business Journal, has announced the finalists for its 2019 Boston CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards.

    This year's honorees will be recognized June 7 at the annual Boston CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards breakfast at the Westin Copley Place.

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  • 20 Mar 2019 3:38 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | The National Law Review

    Momentum and support continues to build for telehealth commercial coverage laws across the United States, designed to ensure that covered members of health insurance plans can enjoy the full scope of their medical benefits – whether in-person or virtually. Last summer, the Massachusetts Legislature considered a sweeping telehealth bill that would have instituted certain requirements for insurance coverage. Although the 2018 legislative session ended before the proposed legislation was approved, Massachusetts legislators recently filed five new telehealth bills for consideration. 

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  • 18 Mar 2019 4:25 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Susan Morse, Senior Editor | Healthcare Finance | March 18, 2019

    The joint not-for-profit healthcare company Haven has hired another key executive, Dr. Sandhya Rao from Partners HealthCare.

    Rao, senior medical director of Partners Population Health in Boston, is Haven's new vice president of clinical strategy, according to CNBC.

    Haven CEO Dr. Atul Gawande is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's, which is part of Partners, one of the largest health systems in Massachusetts.

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  • 18 Mar 2019 1:46 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Healthcare IT News | By Nathan Eddy | March 18, 2019

    Using the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool will create better access to prescription data for clinicians at Partners.

    Partners HealthCare announced integration of the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT), which enables access for providers to help prevent and manage substance use disorders, directly into its electronic health record (EHR) system.

    MassPAT is an online tool that promotes safe prescribing and dispensing patterns by allowing prescribers and pharmacists to access their patient’s prescriptive history within the past year.

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  • 13 Mar 2019 3:17 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Jessica Bartlett – Reporter, Boston Business Journal

    Insulin spending in Massachusetts skyrocketed 50 percent in just three years, according to a new state study. The increase is the latest example of the state’s continued issues around drug spending increases and health care affordability.

    The Health Policy Commission analysis was released Wednesday during a hearing, as the independent agency seeks to establish a benchmark for Massachusetts health care spending growth next year.

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  • 11 Mar 2019 2:09 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    March 8, 2019 | Anne Zieger | Healthcare IT Today

    This seems to be the year in which voice assistants begin to show up in healthcare environments. I don’t know if we’re going to see them make much of a direct impact on care delivery yet, but if nothing else clinicians and IT departments are getting the chance to feel out their capabilities.

    The most recent example I’ve seen of this trend comes from Cedars-Sinai, which is piloting the use of an Alexa-powered platform allowing patients to interact hands-free with nurses and manage entertainment options. Patients in more than 100 patient rooms will interact with the platform, which is known as Aiva, via an Amazon Echo device.

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  • 22 Feb 2019 11:24 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ("Blue Cross") today announced the addition of three new senior leaders who each will play a critical role in integrating company operations with corporate strategy and analytics. Richard Lynch joins the company as chief operating officer, while Sukanya Soderland becomes chief strategy officer and Himanshu Arora takes the newly created role of chief data and analytics officer.

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