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Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2015 – 2020

ONC publishes its five-year strategic plan which proposes shifting the national focus from EHR implementations to improving patient engagement, supporting the transition to value-based reimbursement models, expanding the use of EHR data mining in research, and improving the nation’s health IT infrastructure.

Google’s NIH steal Tom Insel on the ‘major paradigm shift’ of digitizing mental health care

Tom Insel, MD and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, discusses his decision to move to Google and the work he plans to do there.

In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another

The New York Times profiles the 2/7th Marine Regiment, whose veterans have a suicide rate 14 times higher than the average American, and the homegrown tracking systems that former members of the unit have created to help coordinate emergency response efforts at a national level.

Maintaining PCMHs Will Cost $105,000 per Physician per Year

Researchers calculate the number of hours it would take a primary care physician to complete the tasks outlined in the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s standards for maintaining patient-centered medical homes, and conclude that it would cost $105,000 per year in additional time spent.  

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