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Electronic Health Records

athenahealth Layoffs Impact 500 Employees in Attempt to Cut Costs

October 20, 2017 - athenahealth is eliminating around 500 of its 5,600 employees as part of a plan to cut costs under pressure from an activist investor, according to a report in The Boston Globe. The athenahealth layoffs affected about 9 percent of its workforce, the health IT company said, but did not specify how many employees would be cut from its largest campus in Watertown, Massachusetts. In addition...


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CVS Chooses Epic EHR System for Specialty Care Management

by Kate Monica

CVS Health has selected Epic EHR technology to be used by its CVS Specialty care management programs, the company announced on Thursday. The Epic EHR system will assist in optimizing CVS Specialty clinical processes such as Accordant, a care...

Small Number of States Successful with State-Led HIE Use

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A recent evaluation of the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program found that national HIE use score increased from 36 percent in 2010 to 79 percent in 2014, but this figured was impacted by a small number of states...

Health IT Interoperability Helps Connect Medical Staffs

by Frank Irving

Healthcare led all industries in mergers and acquisitions in 2015, with $688 billion worth of consolidations coming to a close, according to financial information firm Dealogic. And while analysts expect more of the same this year due to favorable...

eClinicalWorks Gears Up for Acute Care EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Will cloud-based electronic health records technology take hold in the hospital market as it has among ambulatory providers? eClinicalWorks, which currently counts more than 115,000 physicians using its ambulatory EHR, is preparing to find out....

How Inbound Data Changes Health IT Interoperability Strategy

by Frank Irving

How much does interoperability factor into IT design strategy at healthcare organizations? Not enough, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), which spent part of its Interim Meeting in November advocating for more interoperable...

Lab Systems: A Rebounding Part of Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

After a five-year contraction in the market for independent laboratory services, the sector is expected to realize new growth sparked by demand from previously uninsured patients. That trend bodes well for laboratory information systems (LIS),...

New Measures Align to Simplify Health Quality Data Reporting

by Frank Irving

Physicians stand to benefit from newly announced regulatory streamlining for reporting of care quality measures, some of which require clinical data extracted from electronic health records. The Core Quality Measures Collaborative — introduced...

Work Begins on Precision Medicine Healthcare Data Standards

by Frank Irving

Over the next four months, a Health IT Standards Committee task force will be developing and refining recommendations to support the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) under which providers, researchers and patients will work toward individualized...

Mining Electronic Health Records Refines Diabetes Diagnoses

by Frank Irving

UCLA researchers successfully predicted patients’ type two diabetes mellitus (DM2) using an algorithm based on information extracted from de-identified electronic health records. The EHR phenotyping outperformed conventional screening methods,...

Sources of Strength in Meeting Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Data current as of Jan. 19, 2016 show 78 percent of primary care providers having demonstrated meaningful use of certified electronic health records technology. Further analysis shows solid meaningful use performance by nurse practitioners...

Oncology Big Data Initiative Fortifies Leadership Team

by Frank Irving

Three C-level executives have joined CancerLinQ to help the subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) expand its goal of analyzing data from the electronic health records of millions of cancer patients to uncover patterns...

AMIA Urges Reset on Electronic Clinical Quality Measures

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) hopes to guide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) toward a pragmatic approach for development of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as they relate to future policy...

PMI Will Weave EHR and Patient-Generated Health Data

by Frank Irving

The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), backed by $215 million in allocations from the 2016 federal budget, will combine massive amounts of patient-generated health data and information drawn from electronic health records toward the ultimate...

Patients Happy with Doctor Visits But E-connections Lag

by Frank Irving

While patients’ satisfaction with their last office visit is on the rise, doctors could boost their standing with an added dose of health IT integration. Results of a new Harris Poll, released Jan. 20, defined patients as those who had...

New ONC CHPL Site Will Enhance Health IT Product Comparison

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) is undergoing major upgrades to facilitate use by providers and researchers. Targeted for a late February release, the new “Open...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 18-24

by Frank Irving

This week in health IT interoperability will sharpen focus on the future of information technology (IT) product comparison. During a meeting of the Certified Technology Comparison Task (CTC) on Jan. 15, government officials gave an overview of...

EHR Vendors Find Their Place Among Office-Based MU Providers

by Frank Irving

Last month, HealthITInteroperability examined the market share and rank of leading vendors’ electronic health records systems among hospital meaningful users across the U.S. This month, we again tap the Office of the National Coordinator...

Oklahoma HIE Expert Receives Physician IT Leadership Award

by Frank Irving

Brian Yeaman, MD, a primary care doctor practicing in Norman, Okla., has been named the recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. Yeaman is chief administrative officer for Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO), a health information...

Health IT Comparison Tool Task Force Hears from Providers

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force resumes its work this week as the group looks to build a tool for providers to use when assessing products needed for future health IT integration initiatives....

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