Hillary Clinton tabbed as HIMSS keynote speaker; Piedmont Healthcare, Vanderbilt to deploy Global Healthcare Exchange device;

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> Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will serve as a keynote speaker at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in February, HIMSS announced today. Clinton, one of three keynote speakers announced for the conference--Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini and blind adventurer Erik Wihenmayer are the others--will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. Announcement

> Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., will deploy Global Healthcare Exchange's implantable device supply chain tool, Health Data Management reports. The tool is a software-as-a-service application, and will enable providers to initiate and track implantable device cases through audit and completion. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has provided another glimpse into what may be required in Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, issuing a solicitation for a contractor to make recommendations for adding behavioral and social data to the program.The purpose of the solicitation's Statement of Work is to identify core data standards for behavioral and social determinants of health to be included in electronic health records. Article

> The U.S. is not alone when it comes to road bumps toward a national electronic health record system: Canada also is struggling to create a nationwide interoperable EHR network, according to an article published this week in British Columbia's The Province. The non-profit Canada Health Infoway, which provides funding for EHR projects throughout Canada, has set Pan-Canadian standards for EHR interoperability. Article

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> Although the transition to value-based healthcare may be difficult, the end result of reduced costs and improved care and patient outcomes will be worth it, according to the president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. Toby Cosgrove, M.D., in a blog post for the Harvard Business Review, described value-based healthcare as a "breakthrough that will change the face of medicine." Article

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