Consortium News

  • 19 Apr 2019 10:39 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    NASCO | Apr 18, 2019

    NASCO, a leading provider of healthcare technology solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. and Express Scripts to form a consortium focused on delivering breakthrough technologies for the healthcare industry. The consortium, named Coalesce Health Alliance (Coalesce), is initially focused on evaluating the application of blockchain to improve the efficiency and accuracy of member healthcare data exchanges across entities within the Blues' ecosystem.

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  • 18 Apr 2019 3:15 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    By Jessica Bartlett – Reporter, Boston Business Journal | April 18. 2019

    Boston Medical Center has received nearly $90 million in federal funding to substantially reduce opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts communities, as one of four institutions selected to address the nation’s opioid epidemic.

    The Boston hospital received $89 million to support an effort under a cooperative agreement backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over the three years.

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  • 18 Apr 2019 10:44 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Apr 15, 2019 |Wicked Local Concord from a submission by Emerson Hospital.

    A coalition of 10 independent Massachusetts health systems, including 14 community hospitals, have formed the Massachusetts Value Alliance to enhance their efforts in delivering high-quality, patient-centered and cost-effective care to their communities.

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  • 16 Apr 2019 2:30 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    April 13, 2019 | Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press

    State Rep. Jon Santiago, an emergency room doctor in Boston, recalled an elderly patient named Mike who recently came to the hospital with life-threatening complications from diabetes. Conversations with the man's family revealed he had not been keeping up with his insulin — it was too expensive.

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  • 11 Apr 2019 1:54 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    April 10, 2019 | Anicka Slachta | AI in Healthcare

    Boston-based medical network Partners HealthCare will be rolling out new software and support services over the next 12 months with the goal of involving more physicians and health experts in AI research.

    The effort, announced April 8 at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston, aims to “put AI in the toolbox of every researcher and clinician,” according to a release. 

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  • 10 Apr 2019 4:05 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Makenzie Holland | TechTarget | April 10, 2019

    For Arthur Harvey, the role of healthcare CIO is multifaceted, from traffic cop to innovator. He talks about challenges, tech trends and the criticality of governance in this Q&A.

    Arthur Harvey's whole career has been health IT. Today, he leads initiatives and technology strategies as CIO at Boston Medical Center, a 567-bed academic healthcare organization.

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  • 10 Apr 2019 10:20 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    April 09, 2019 | Anicka Slachta | Connected Care

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued a piece of cautionary advice to healthcare executives April 8, urging them to take the recent rise of AI with a grain of salt, the Boston Business Journal reported.

    Baker, a former health insurance executive and health and human services chief under Gov. William Weld, warned attendees of the Partners HealthCare World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston that while AI can certainly contribute to better health outcomes, researchers need to be careful in the way they roll out the tech.

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  • 08 Apr 2019 12:23 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    COMMONWEALTH | Apr 8, 2019

    Community health centers often have a strong grassroots connection to the neighborhoods they serve. But no center may proclaim that more loudly through its leadership than the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Its president and CEO, Manny Lopes, is a native son of Eastie whose first job after high school was as an 18-year-old field researcher at the nonprofit health care center.

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  • 05 Apr 2019 1:54 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    HIMSS | April 05 2019

    There’s been a lot of hype about blockchain, but now there are potential use cases on the horizon this year, says John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For example, the Synaptic Health Alliance will enable payers to put verified provider demographic data so it can be widely accessed; blockchain as an API can help ensure data integrity in records; and to assist the consent process to share data.

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  • 05 Apr 2019 1:47 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Jessica Kim Cohen | Modern Healthcare | April 4, 2019

    A new, invite-only program from Amazon allows select healthcare groups—including hospitals and health insurers—to develop HIPAA-compliant skills for its voice assistant, Alexa.

    Developers who participate in the program, including HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates, are able to build voice skills that transmit protected health information in Amazon Alexa's HIPAA-eligible environment.

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