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Community Health Partnership, a coalition of over 25 providers in southern Colorado, joins the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization HIE. CORHIO is also in the process of adding over 400 healthcare facilities to its network, the bulk of which are medical clinics.


June 30 (Tuesday) 11:00 ET. “Value Based Reimbursement – Leveraging Data to Build a Successful Risk-based Strategy.” Sponsored by McKesson. Presenters: Michael Udwin, MD, executive director of physician engagement, McKesson; Jeb Dunkelberger, executive director of corporate partnerships, McKesson. Healthcare organizations are using empowered physician leadership and credible performance analysis to identify populations, stratify risk, drive physician engagement, and expose opportunities for optimized care. Attendees will learn best practices in laying a foundation for developing a successful risk-based strategy.



Health screening company D-Eye will incorporate TreVia Digital Health’s data-management platform and telemedicine technology into its ImageVault tool, which stores, analyzes, and shares images captured by the Italian company’s smartphone-friendly retinal imaging system.

ATA awards accreditation for online patient consultations to MDLive and CareSimple.



William Henry (Omnico Group) joins the Authentidate Board of Directors.


The local business paper recognizes New Jersey Innovation Institute President and CEO Donald Sebastian as an Innovation Hero. In addition to his work at the institute, Sebastian also led efforts to form the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center.

Research and Innovation

An Accenture study (the release of which coincides nicely with the debut of the latest Terminator movie) finds that 84 percent of surveyed healthcare executives believe the industry will need to focus just as much on training and managing machines as it does on training people over the next three years. While the survey doesn’t predict the rise of machines à la the T-1000, it does emphasize the use of algorithms, machine learning, and intelligent software as key to helping providers handle an expected surge in clinical data.

Government and Politics

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD lays out ONC’s plans to move President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, including working with NIH, FDA, DoD, the VA and the White House and gathering stakeholder feedback via NIH workshops. She adds that, “ We plan to get advice from the Health IT Standards Committee about the best data standards to support health information interoperability and then in 2016, we will build on our current data standards projects to address the additional needs that we collectively identify.”


HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell shares a significant birthday with several federal government programs.



WEDI offers an eight-page primer on cyberattacks, paying particular attention to the anatomy of an attack and building a culture of prevention. The resource reminds me of the more in-depth HIStalk webinar on healthcare breaches led by Imprivata CTO David Ting and Yale New Haven Health System Information Security Manager Glynn Stanton.


Remind me to shave my arm before buying that wearable everyone’s talking about: MIT breaks down the barriers to accurate wearable measurements, which include arms that are too hairy, sweaty, fat, thin or tattooed. Google, which is developing its own health-tracking wristband, hopes to bypass consumer-centric concerns by marketing its wearable as a medical device prescribed to patients or used in clinical trials.


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