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North Carolina Health System to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

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North Carolina-based Columbus Regional Healthcare System (CRHS) recently announced it will soon begin a Cerner EHR implementation project to boost care coordination across its acute and ambulatory care facilities. CRHS will also implement Cerner’s...

Cerner, Epic Systems Account for 51.5% Acute Care Hospital Market

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With both Cerner and Epic Systems either netting more acute care hospitals as customers or not losing any EHR customers, the two vendors combined for just over half of the US acute care hospital market share, according to recent KLAS research....

athenahealth Considering Elliott Management Acquisition Offer

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athenahealth is seriously considering the Elliott Management acquisition offer for $160 a share, the health IT company’s management team confirmed in a public statement. “The athenahealth Board of Directors takes very seriously its...

Epic Systems May Win Dismissal of Additional Class Action Lawsuit

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A class action lawsuit brought against Epic Systems by quality assurance workers who claimed they were illegally denied overtime pay may be dismissed by a federal judge because of the recent Supreme Court decision that upholds Epic’s arbitration...

How DirectTrust Can Aid Providers with FHIR, Health Data Exchange

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Healthcare organizations leveraging DirectTrust can also use the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for more seamless and secure health data exchange, DirectTrust explained in a recent webinar. FHIR defines a web application...

Senate Passes VA Mission Act to Improve Health Data Exchange

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The VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 — which includes policies meant to improve health data exchange between VA and the private sector — recently gained congressional approval....

Can Enhancements to Patient EHRs Tailor PDMP Risk Indicators?

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Being able to sort data within patient EHRs, implementing maps that show distances between patients, prescribers, and pharmacies, and having graphical displays of patients’ controlled-substance prescription use could all potentially help...

House Passes Bill on VA Cerner EHR Implementation Oversight

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Congress will potentially have greater oversight of the VA Cerner EHR implementation, as the Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 (HR 4245) continues to move through the legislative process. The House...

ONC EHR Innovation Challenge to Streamline Safety Reporting

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A new ONC EHR innovation challenge prompts health IT developers to create solutions that ease safety reporting for providers to reduce administrative burden and optimize EHR-related safety. Specifically, the Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge...

athenahealth Shareholder Urges Health IT Company to Pursue Buyout

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Another investment company with stake in athenahealth is urging athenahealth’s board of directors to consider selling the health IT company, according to a recent filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Janus Henderson...

Cerner Head Talks “Negative Information” on VA Cerner EHR Contract

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There has been a lot of “negative information” out in the news recently concerning the $10 billion VA Cerner EHR contract, but the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA both understand the value of Cerner’s work, company president...

Epic Systems Wins Supreme Court Labor Law Case Against Employee

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On May 21, Epic Systems won a Supreme Court labor law case in a 5-4 decision against Epic technical writer Jacob Lewis. The case may have significant implications for workers’ abilities to file class action lawsuits collectively against...

Crisp Regional Health to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

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Georgia-based Crisp Regional Health recently announced plans to begin a Cerner EHR implementation at all acute, ambulatory, and post-acute care facilities to streamline clinical and administrative operations across the care continuum. “We...

How Increasing EHR Adoption, HIE Use Fuels Healthcare Industry

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The push for nationwide interoperability, while still ensuring health IT usability, has quickly become a top initiative for healthcare organizations. Subsequently, increases in health information exchange (HIE) systems and EHR adoption have also...

Trump Officially Nominates Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

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President Trump recently announced Robert Wilkie will be the next VA secretary nominee in the running to replace former VA Secretary David Shulkin and spearhead the agency during its Cerner EHR implementation, according to CNN. Wilkie is the...

How Health Data Exchange Prepares Clinicians for Care Challenges

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Without access to health data exchange, clinicians risk missing out on key patient information and running into problems with adverse drug reactions, duplicative testing, and medication errors during care delivery. Providers at hospitals...

States Could Utilize AI for Improved Healthcare Interoperability

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There are numerous obstacles to seamless healthcare interoperability at state health and human services (HHS) enterprises, but utilizing new data analytics options could prove fruitful in improving patient outcomes, recent research found. Specifically,...

VA Signs $10B Cerner EHR Implementation Contract

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VA has signed a $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation contract to replace its homegrown legacy VistA system after months of ongoing negotiations. “I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize...

Congress: “Malign Neglect” Impedes VA Cerner EHR Contract

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Members of Congress issued a letter to VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman stating their disapproval for the way VA Cerner EHR contract negotiations have been carried out and expressing concern over the appointment of Acting VA CIO Camilo Sandoval....

1UPHealth Wins ONC API Innovation Challenge Using FHIR Server

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1UPHealth recently won the ONC application programming interface (API) innovation challenge by identifying weaknesses in a server built on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, and then finding ways to strengthen the...

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