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Allscripts First to Offer 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology

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Allscripts is now offering a health IT suite that meets 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) criteria, leading the pack into the new era of upgraded electronic health record tools.   With the Quality Payment Program underway, eligible...

Arizona Health Information Exchange Rebrands to Continue Growth

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Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC), a statewide nonprofit health information exchange operating since 2007, is relaunching under the new brand Health Current. The relaunch and new name are emblematic of the community-based HIE’s significant...

VA Invests in Clinical Decision Support Tool Standardization

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In an effort to promote interoperability, efficiency, and safety of patient care, VA has chosen two vendors to improve and standardize its clinical decision support: Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence. The two vendors will...

Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

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The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IU)...

WPI Receives $5 million for Health IT Innovation Initiative

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently launched PracticePoint, a healthcare initiative focusing on health IT innovation and development funded by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech). The...

CMS Issues Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems Guidance

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CMS published three informative resources to guide eligible clinicians participating in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017: a factsheet on MIPS participation, another on MIPS data reporting for clinical improvement activities,...

Leidos Awarded $29M VA Health IT Infrastructure Contract

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The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded Leidos a task order under the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract vehicle. Systems Made Simple, a Leidos Innovations Corporation company, could receive...

New NATE Member to Focus on Improving Patient EHR Data Access

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The Health Record Banking Alliance (HRBA) became an association member of the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) to promote patient control over electronic health records earlier this week. Founded in 2006, the alliance is a non-profit...

Epic Modules Supporting Care across Healthcare Settings

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Epic Systems offers one of the top-ranked EHR systems in the country as well as a range of products and services to help providers in various specialties deliver quality patient care and meet federal reporting requirements. Not...

Cerner Most Likely Vendor to Replace Homegrown VA EHR System

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Cerner EHR is rumored to be the most likely candidate to replace the outdated homegrown VA EHR system presently serving the 1,200 healthcare sites of the Veterans Health Administration, according to a new Black Book report. After an expensive...

New CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Hospital EHR Data Reporting

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A couple provisions in a new Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program rule proposal outline modifications to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting requirements and validation processes. In a public document in the Federal...

HIMSS Seeks Delay in Use of 2015 Edition Certified Technology

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HIMSS is calling for a six-month delay to the federal requirements for healthcare organizations and providers to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology in the EHR Incentive Programs and Quality Payment Program. In an April 11 letter to HHS...

Small Practices Express Concern over Effects of EHR Adoption

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A recent study to examine the effects of EHR adoption on revenue and patient encounters for small practices finds EHR adoption will likely reduce the number of patient encounters for physicians and, by extension, reduce overall practice revenue....

NextGen Healthcare, Allscripts Expand Health IT Capabilities

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NextGen Healthcare has signed a deal to acquire Entrada for more than $30 million, the EHR company announced earlier this week. According to the announcement, Entrada made a net gain of nearly 10 million in revenue in the 2016 calendar year. ...

Virus-related EHR Outage Forces NY Hospital Back to Paper

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Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and its long-term care facility at Terrace View have been battling a virus responsible for EHR outage since Sunday afternoon. UPDATE: Some computers have been restored and ECMC is working to bring the entire...

SAFR Guidance to Aid EMS Providers in Health Data Exchange

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ONC published a guide to aid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations in data integration to improve patient care through their Search, Alert, File, Reconcile (SAFR) model for health data exchange earlier this year. “Access to patient...

Health IT Systems Partly Responsible for Medication Errors

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A recent study by Staley Lawes, PharmD, BCPS, and Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, found poor implementation of health IT can result in medication errors and higher risks of patient harm. While health IT has evolved to become a vital component...

Renewed Call for HHS Support to National Patient Identifier

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A group of 25 healthcare organizations representing providers, payers, and health IT companies have written members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to remove a nearly twenty-year-old provision preventing HHS from adopting...

Health Data Integrity the Focus of ONC Innovation Challenge

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ONC recently announced its new Health Data Provenance Challenge to address health data integrity at the point of care. As part of the contest, the federal agency is inviting participants to develop innovative solutions for determining the...

New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

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In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data exchange...

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