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Data as a Catalyst for Improving Health Care Quality and Lowering Costs

By Michael Gagnon, Executive Director, HealtHIE Nevada | Blog,  05/28/2019,   3 comments

As Comagine Health moves forward following our recent merger of HealthInsight and Qualis Health, we bring a variety of skills, talents and business lines together. How will we capitalize on the new capabilities and become an even stronger and more capable organization? That’s a question that’s just now coming into focus. One of Comagine Health’s more interesting and unique business lines is managing the state of Nevada’s only health information exchange, HealtHIE Nevada. HealtHIE Nevada is a private not-for-profit organization that contracts with Comagine Health to operate and staff the HIE.

The primary function of all HIEs is to build a network between providers’ electronic health record (EHR) systems and offer master data…

 

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The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: A Regularly Scheduled Service for Prevention and Wellness

By Wyatt Packer, MHA, Vice President, Regional Operations
Blog,  05/21/2019,   7 comments

Cars and I have a love-hate relationship — I love the convenience of getting where I need to go anytime I want to, but I hate them for the ever-increasing expenses involved in running, maintenance and occasional extra cost of a speeding ticket or, even worse, an accident. I should mention that three of my kids in my household are now driving: if I told you my current auto insurance bill, you would likely get teary-eyed. So, every time a vehicle expense comes up, I cringe a little about more…

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Can the Medical-Dental Collaborative Model Lower the Cost of Cardiovascular Disease?

By Jeff Hummel, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director, Informatics
Blog,  05/14/2019,   0 comments

Twenty years ago, psychologist Daniel J. Simons created the now-classic “gorilla experiment” video. When he asked viewers to count the number of times a group of people passed a basketball back and forth, half the viewers failed to notice the actor in a gorilla suit strolling through the scene. He demonstrated how, by concentrating on specific tasks, we become blind to things that would otherwise draw our attention.

Our approach to reducing risk of cardiovascular disease (heart…


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