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Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Make Waves in Health IT Usability

September 4, 2018 - With Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other large tech companies now committed to advancing healthcare interoperability, DirectTrust President and CEO Scott Stuewe anticipates the industry will soon benefit from significant improvements in health IT usability. Stuewe — who replaced former DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, on September 1 — voiced his support for...


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Geisinger, Merck Partner to Launch EHR-Integrated FHIR Apps

by Kate Monica

Geisinger Health System and Merck have partnered to launch two new EHR-integrated, web-based health IT tools that leverage FHIR to utilize health data from a variety of EHR systems from different vendors. The two applications were...

CMS Administrator Verma Pushes Paperless Healthcare System by 2020

by Kate Monica

Problems with interoperability and health data exchange have driven many physicians to continue to rely on fax machines when sharing patient health information, said CMS Seema Verma at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6. In a...

How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that...

CHIME Outlines Top Health IT Innovation Priorities for HHS

by Kate Monica

Promoting clinician engagement in health IT design, improving patient identification, and closing the digital divide should be primary areas of focus for a new HHS health IT innovation and investment workgroup, according to the College of...

HealthSteps Wins AMA, Google Health IT Innovation Challenge

by Kate Monica

HealthSteps won first place and $25,000 Google Cloud credits as part of Google and AMA’s health IT innovation challenge for its mobile health platform enabling health data exchange and access between patients and providers. The...

Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according...

UCHealth Innovation Center to Advance Clinical Decision Support, AI

by Kate Monica

A new innovation center at Aurora-based University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) will support health IT innovation to improve clinical decision support, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics, as well as advancements in virtual...

Health IT Innovation Centered on the Physician-Patient Interface

by Kate Monica

Several efforts to put physicians and patients at the center of health IT innovation are currently underway at AMA. Speaking at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, detailed the association’s approach to...

HHS Takes First Step to Spur Health IT Innovation, Investment

by Kate Monica

With many physicians and healthcare industry leaders raising complaints about the slow pace of health IT innovation, HHS is looking for new ways to drum up competition, funding, and ideas necessary for accelerated improvements. In a...

ClearBridge Investments Supports athenahealth Acquisition

by Kate Monica

ClearBridge Investments recently issued a letter to the athenahealth board of directors backing Elliott Management’s recommendation that the health IT company pursue offers for an athenahealth acquisition. The global equity manager...

athenahealth Considering Elliott Management Acquisition Offer

by Kate Monica

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...

ONC EHR Innovation Challenge to Streamline Safety Reporting

by Kate Monica

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...

Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Will Have Immediate Impact

by Kate Monica

Health system executives at each of the 12 organizations that were early adopters of Apple Health Records predict that the EHR data viewer will have an immediate positive impact on patient engagement, interoperability, and health IT...

ECRI Launches Health IT Use, Innovation Safety Initiative

by Kate Monica

The ECRI Institute recently launched the Insight Culture of Safety Assessment for Health IT Companies program aimed at promoting safety in health IT use, innovation, and implementation. The program is a joint effort between the...

Google, AMA Launch Health IT Innovation, Interoperability Contest

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Association (AMA) has partnered with Google to launch the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge intended to encourage the development of mobile health IT, including wearable devices and...

How CommonWell Adapts to Constant Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

At the start of 2018, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced health IT innovation would be a top priority among stakeholders. Three months into the year, this assertion has proven true: Google, Amazon, Apple, and other tech titans have...

Cerner, NextGen Healthcare Expand Breadth of Health IT Solutions

by Kate Monica

Cerner and NextGen Healthcare have recently made efforts to further expand their health IT solution offerings beyond EHR systems. EHR vendor NextGen Healthcare recently announced it is rebranding with a new logo following years of...

New Oversight Framework to Promote EHR Usability, Innovation

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center and Health IT Now have joined forces to establish an oversight framework to encourage health IT innovation and improve EHR usability, interoperability, and safety. “To inform and support the...

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