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Health First is Central Florida's only fully integrated health system. With a mission to positively change the health and wellness of the communities we serve, Health First offers the latest technological advances and quality care at our four hospitals and through our many Outpatient & Wellness Services, as well as the area's only Trauma and Heart Centers. Health First also offers multiple commercial and Medicare health plans, the largest multi-specialty physician group in Brevard County, and four fitness centers to help members of our community stay healthy.

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UnitedHealthcare is diving further in value-based care with a new partnership with Quest Diagnostics. The companies announced a long-term strategic partnership this week that includes collaboration on "a variety of value-based programs" for lab testing. Health insurers have historically called out "unnecessary" lab testing under traditional fee-for-service payment systems as unnecessarily costly. The new arrangement will add lab testing to the growing list of value-based paym...
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The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect today, May 25. U.S. healthcare providers who treat patients from any of the 28 EU countries should by now, be familiar with the law and whether or not they need to be in compliance. As part of GDPR, all businesses must gain affirmative consent from EU citizens before collecting their data. The result of violating the law can cost up to four percent of a company's annual revenue or 20 million Euros – whichever ...
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Achieving Stage 7, the top stage, in the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model is quite a feat. It shows that a healthcare provider organization is playing at the top of its game in health IT. Children's Mercy Kansas City has achieved HIMSS Stage 7 on the ambulatory side, joining an elite group of just 10.8 percent of health systems. The achievement comes with many benefits....
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Patient engagement and user experience is a goal high on the priority list for many hospitals and health systems that wish to enhance communication with consumers, better include patients in their care decisions and ultimately improve outcomes. Information technology can help caregivers on the front lines of healthcare better engage people to nail down these ambitions. And the next generation of patient engagement IT will offer better and new tools and approaches to help caregivers and others ai...
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Of the 216 hospitals that contracted for a new electronic health record system in 2017, a hefty 80 percent of them were smaller acute care sites with 200 or fewer beds, a new KLAS study shows. Those hospitals are making their mark on the EHR market, looking for specialized technology that meets their unique needs and tight budgets. "These smaller hospitals are hungry for new technology but often resource-poor; over half that signed a new contract in 2017 chose a less expensive or less resou...
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After Integris Health failed several security audits, the Oklahoma health system concluded it was time to implement an identity governance program. Previously, employees and contractors were accessing the organization's Epic electronic health record and other clinical applications without any type of access management policy in place. Integris needed visibility into each user and their access to sensitive patient information....
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Drugs that target genetic abnormalities in cancer patients regardless of what specific tumor they have is an emerging trend in oncology drug development. But one challenge is identifying those patients, whose genetic anomalies may be exceedingly rare. With that in mind, drugmaker Merck & Co. and diagnostics maker Foundation Medicine announced Thursday a collaboration to develop companion diagnostics for Merck’s drug Keytruda in patients with microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) and ...
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As healthcare transitions from a fee-for-service to a pay-for-performance model, healthcare providers increasingly recognize that patient engagement is an important aspect of delivering high-quality care at a lower cost. However, although better engagement is nearly a universal goal in healthcare, barriers exist. Almost 63 percent of respondents to a 2017 NEJM Catalyst Insights Council survey on patient engagement calls the time investment required by health teams the biggest challenge in design...
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Leigh Williams has a metaphor she likes to use to describe the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care. It's about fishing, in a boat on a lake. When there's a storm forming on the horizon when the barometric pressure starts dropping, that's when the "fish start biting like mad," said Williams, administrator of business systems at University of Virginia Health System. In that way, it's the "best time to be out there," she said. "You need to get bac...
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If you have a genetic mutation that increases your risk for a treatable medical condition, would you want to know? For many people, the answer is yes. But such information is not commonly part of routine primary care. For patients at Geisinger Health System, that could soon change. Starting in the next month or so, the Pennsylvania-based system will offer DNA sequencing to 1,000 patients, with the goal to eventually extend the offer to all 3 million Geisinger patients....
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