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Cognosante Acquires Business Information Technology Solutions to Expand Military and Veterans Health IT Business

Press Release | Cognosante, BITS | October 27, 2016

Cognosante and Business Information Technology Solutions (BITS) announced today that Cognosante has acquired BITS, a rapidly growing provider of IT services and solutions to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). BITS, also known as The BITS Group, has more than a decade of experience in healthcare systems, enterprise business systems, business intelligence, and data analytics in the public health sector. It is one of the prime contractors of the VA’s $22.3 billion Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG).

Cone Remains 'Confident' In The Future Despite S&P Report

Kelly Poe | News & Record | November 15, 2013

It’s been a tough year for Cone Health. The health care provider spent $90 million implementing an electrical medical records software system called Epic. It eliminated hundreds of jobs. It had to deal with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement at the state and national level. Read More »

Congressman Offers 3-Point MU Fix

Tom Sullivan, | Healthcare IT News | June 23, 2014

With $23 billion already spent on incentivizing providers to adopt electronic health records, many in government and industry are wondering whether taxpayers and patients got what they paid for...

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Could Big Data Become Big Brother?

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 24, 2014

Call it Big Data bloodlust: The more health information being generated by a growing contingency of apps, devices, electronic health records, mHealth sensors and wearables, the broader and stronger the desire for that data becomes...

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Could ICD-10 have as big a financial impact as the mortgage crisis? Yes. Here's why.

Michael F. Arrigo | Government Health IT | October 17, 2011

U.S. National Healthcare Expenditures (NHE) are $2.7 trillion in 20111 and are forecasted to grow 34% in five years. This multi-trillion dollar economy will shift its reimbursement paradigm to ICD-102 in under 24 months. ICD-10 will introduce opportunities and risks to hospitals and health plans that may be equivalent to the $148.2 billion to $500 billion in losses3 to the U.S. Read More »

Coverage Expansion Fail: Less Than One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured

Avik Roy | Forbes | January 18, 2014

At the end of the day, for all of the rhetoric and promises about what Obamacare would achieve, the health law’s most ardent supporters have stuck to their guns because of one thing: coverage expansion. But new data suggests that Obamacare may fail even to achieve this goal. Instead of expanding coverage to those without it, Obamacare is replacing the pre-existing market for private insurance. [...] Read More »

Creating a New IT Culture in Health Care

Graham W. S. Scott | National Post | October 4, 2011

The pressures on our health system are real and continue to build, threatening the sustainability of our health-care system. For example, rates of chronic disease continue to increase, and access and quality challenges continue to be a reality in many parts of the country. Read More »

Damages From Medicaid Politics Won't Stop At Hospitals

John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | July 3, 2013

Try to imagine the ripple effect of punching a $4 billion hole in the economy of a state whose lawmakers refuse federal Medicaid subsidies. It's not just hospital jobs that will disappear. Ancillary support jobs in healthcare and other businesses will wither, too. Read More »

Data Points And Dogma

Ed Kilgore | Washington Monthly | May 2, 2013

By now, if you read MSM or conservative web sites, you’ve probably heard that a new randomized study of Medicaid in Oregon (published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine) shows the program has no impact on the health of people receiving it, which, some say, means the program is a worthless waste of money, or that its expansion via Obamacare should be resisted. Read More »

Data Sharing And Analytics: Changing HHS For The Better

Adam Stone | Government Technology | January 9, 2015

In many states, IT planners in health and human services have sought ways to bridge the divide, gathering data from disparate sources across government to inform the public, drive better policy and improve social outcomes...

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Defense Companies Target Health Care

Marjorie Censer | The Washington Post: Capital Business | September 4, 2011

Traditional defense contractors are increasingly muscling into the health care services field, hoping that the burgeoning area can help them weather reductions in Pentagon equipment buying. Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin and Falls Church-based General Dynamics, both of which already had health care practices in place, have ramped up their businesses in recent weeks with new acquisitions. Read More »

Diabetics Receive Better Care from Docs with EHRs

Dan Bowman | Fierce EMR | September 1, 2011

Although meeting Meaningful Use hasn't exactly been the easiest of feats for hospital CIOs, perhaps they can take solace in knowing that their patients will receive vastly superior care to those treated by doctors using paper records, according to the results of a new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read More »

Do We Really Need More Doctors? How About Trying to Have Healthier Folks?

Health care needs a better business model. HHS reports that U.S. health care spending will surpass $10,000 per person this year, will grow almost 6% annually for the foreseeable future, and will consume over 20% of GDP by 2025.  About half of our spending goes for labor costs, with health care employment remaining one of the "bright spots" in our economy.  Indeed, health care jobs continued to soar even when the economy tanked in our most recent recession. Despite that steady growth, we continue to talk about a physician shortage, especially for primary care.  Medical school enrollment is at new highs, yet it is not projected to dent the demand...

DocGraph Hop Teaming Dataset Released at Datapalooza

Press Release | Careset Systems, Careset Labs | April 26, 2018

Today CareSet Labs released the DocGraph Hop Teaming Dataset at Datapalooza. This dataset is the most comprehensive open map of the healthcare system in the United States. It is also the largest graph dataset available as open data that uses real names. This release represents the transition of the DocGraph dataset from a dataset maintained by Medicare/CMS, to a dataset that CareSet Systems will maintain and publish on their website going forward. “It’s called the HOP dataset because it more carefully follows the patients’ journey from provider to provider,” says Fred Trotter, CTO, CareSet Systems.

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Docs File Class Action Lawsuit Over Glitchy Medicaid IT

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | January 21, 2014

Among other issues identified by the audit, 12 of the 14 federal- and state-mandated capabilities had not been implemented by their target dates, including rehabilitation care pricing rules and the Medicaid pharmacy program. Read More »