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With hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, millions of dollars in customer rebates and customer loyalty at risk, payers can no longer afford to manage inaccurate or inadequate provider directories, according to a new report.
We may finally see more streamlined approval of new drugs and devices, thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's latest effort to push researchers to use electronic health records in clinical trials--draft guidance published this week regarding how to use EHRs as a source of data. Still, the draft guidance is pretty skimpy and raises questions that must be answered.
Long in the works, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it soon will begin rolling out its enhanced Enterprise Health Management Platform, which VA CIO LaVerne Council calls "a major cornerstone of our modernization efforts."
DirectTrust continues to enjoy "steady" growth, adding eight new members to its network since the beginning of the year and bringing total membership to 146 organizations. The new members include health services providers, health IT companies, and companies providing healthcare-related mobile apps.
The concept of "machine learning" has tremendous potential to help health insurers leverage data and improve care, though one prominent insurance CEO argues that such disruptive technologies will never be able to replace the valuable role of clinicians.
It is becoming easier for consumers to evaluate Affordable Care Act health insurance plans online, though more could be done to enhance the user experience on the exchange websites, according to a report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
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