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Allscripts Acquires NantHealth Patient Engagement Assets

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Allscripts recently acquired NantHealth’s patient engagement assets following the release of the latter's second quarter financial results showing $70 million in losses. In addition to signing the agreement with Allscripts to sell its...

Top 5 Challenges to Achieving Healthcare Interoperability

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Improved healthcare interoperability is a top priority for providers, policymakers, and patients in 2017. The public and private sectors are working across the industry to facilitate seamless health data exchange between a multitude of health...

DirectTrust, HL7 Collaborate to Streamline Health Data Exchange

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DirectTrust and HL7 recently released a white paper proposing ways Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and Direct standards can work together to achieve technical improvements to health data exchange. HL7 is one of many standards...

Physicians Foresee Major Burden in Quality Payment Program

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A recent survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found 82 percent of responding physicians view the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as very or extremely burdensome. The survey featured responses from physicians at 750 group...

Meritus Epic EHR Selection Came Down to Satisfaction

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Finding success during an EHR selection process depends on how well hospital leadership understands the priorities of its clinical and non-clinical staff. Executives at Meritus Health in northwestern Maryland spent nearly two years evaluating...

Key Takeaways from ONC Health Data Exchange Strategy

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ONC recently posted key takeaways from its first multi-stakeholder meeting to develop a national plan for standardizing health data exchange, otherwise known as the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. In particular,...

Regenstrief to Develop Automated Patient EHR Matching Solution

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The Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) recently began work to develop an automated patient EHR matching solution, using a new $1.7 million grant.* Editor's note: A previous version of this article...

CA Health System Begins Cloud-Based Epic EHR Implementation

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University of California (UC) San Diego Health recently transitioned its EHR system to a hosted, cloud-based Epic EHR environment as part of a strategy to move from traditional data storage centers to a more secure, cost-efficient patient medical...

HITECH Directly Responsible for Hospital EHR Adoption Spike

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A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein and Ashish K. Jha found HITECH to be primarily responsible for significant increases in hospital EHR adoption rates, suggesting the law should serve as a model for ways to influence technology adoption in...

Allscripts Acquisition Signals Inpatient Health IT Challenges

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The sale of McKesson’s hospital and health system health IT business to Allscripts confirms that the inpatient health IT market offers few opportunities for technology developers to make headway. In a deal valued at $185 million, Allscripts...

Top 3 Most Significant Challenges for EHR Optimization Success

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Costly, labor-intensive EHR implementation projects require a full-court press from all hospital staff and health IT experts involved. However, the process of refining and streamlining an EHR system to maintain a level of provider satisfaction...

How Strong Health Data Governance Ensures EHR Data Integrity

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Health data governance best practices are necessary for ensuring providers are getting the most out of their EHR systems. Maintaining the principles of data governance and implementing strategies to improve EHR data quality, use, and exchange...

Report Ranks Top Five Best, Worst States for EHR Adoption

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A recent report by the Center for Data Innovation ranked each state based on its rate of EHR adoption and provided recommendations on how policymakers can enable more efficient data use. Data innovation—specifically in the healthcare industry—is...

CMS Opens Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application

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Applications for Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship Exceptions are now open for eligible clinicians participating in the 2017 transition year, CMS announced. The federal agency issued the announcement in a recent listserv email. Clinicians...

Most Significant Epic, Cerner Health IT Achievements of 2017

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Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation solidified their status as top dogs in the health IT industry in 2017. Both health IT companies scored massive contracts this year, with Epic continuing to gain popularity among the private sector and Cerner...

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

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ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal agency...

CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

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As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among the...

Federal Opioid Commission Seeks PDMP Health Data Exchange

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The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis published an interim report requesting President Trump encourage state and federal prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to participate in health data exchange...

New SHIEC Member Supports Behavioral Health Data Exchange

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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently extended membership to Reliance eHealth Collaborative to expand the initiative’s support of behavioral health data exchange. The health information exchange is a community-based...

How to Select the Right EHR Replacement Vendor, System

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With EHR adoption nearly ubiquitous across inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, many healthcare organizations are now in the position of considering EHR replacement. The decision to replace an existing EHR system is a serious one based...

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