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ECRI Launches Health IT Use, Innovation Safety Initiative

April 16, 2018 - 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 ECRI Institute and its multi-stakeholder collaborative, the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. Established in 2014, the partnership is centered on...


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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 applications. Health...

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 sought...

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 acquisitions...

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 administration and...

Allscripts Sells OneContent EHR Management Solution to Hyland

by Kate Monica

Allscripts has signed a definitive deal to sell its OneContent EHR management solution to Hyland Software, according to a recent Allscripts press release. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 once customary closing conditions...

SHIEC Health IT Partner Program Grew Significantly in 2017

by Kate Monica

The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently announced its Strategic Business and Technology (SB&T) partner program grew more than six-fold in 2017. The national collaborative’s health IT company partner...

Cerner, Children’s Mercy to Foster Pediatric Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation will expand its ongoing partnership with Children’s Mercy Kansas City to improve cross-industry education and foster pediatric health IT innovation, the two organizations announced this week.   The organizations...

How Specialty-Specific EHR Functionality Improves Patient Care

by Kate Monica

The majority of EHR companies have developed solutions targeting the needs of inpatient and ambulatory organizations and workflows of primary care providers. Allscripts, Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems, and other large enterprise companies offer...

CMS to Prioritize Health IT Innovation, Regulatory Relief

by Kate Monica

This year CMS will prioritize health IT innovation and regulatory relief for clinical documentation, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Verma discussed the federal agency’s 2018 goals with AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack during...

Cerner Appoints Brent Shafer CEO, Chairman of the Board

by Kate Monica

Cerner recently appointed Brent Shafer as its new CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors starting February 1. Brent Shafer previously served as Philips North America CEO. The health IT portfolio at Philips under Shafer’s watch included...

ONC Chief Keen on Moving Health IT Innovation Beyond the EHR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability and health IT usability were front and center at the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting in the nation’s capital and indicative on a change that took hold within the federal agency in recent years following its successful...

Allscripts Expects Paragon EHR Success After Encouraging Quarter

by Kate Monica

Allscripts executives expect Paragon EHR to excel as an integrated EHR and revenue cycle management solution for community hospitals following its successful acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business, according...

Why Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Innovative EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Innovative EHR use can solve a host of healthcare’s biggest problems, according to a new op-ed in Harvard Business Review. Virginia Mason’s James Bender, MD, and Robert S. Mecklenburg, MD, highlighted how innovative EHR use presents...

Health IT Developers Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Through its innovation hub, the American Medical Association (AMA) is assisting health IT innovators in developing a new health data exchange system to improve interoperability and help providers meet the needs of the value-based care system....

HIPAA, HITECH Still Limiting Health Data Exchange Innovation

by Kate Monica

The author of a new editorial on the Health Affairs Blog asserted that federal regulations HIPAA and HITECH— not EHR companies — are responsible for limiting interoperability improvements and obstructing health data exchange. The...

Effective HIE Use, Federal Incentives May Save Medicare Billions

by Kate Monica

A new study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame found health information exchanges (HIEs) could save Medicare billions, reducing healthcare spending by more than $3 billion a year. The study by Idris Adjerid, Julia Adler-Milstein,...

Improving Provider Satisfaction in the Post-HITECH Era

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the impact of the HITECH Act on EHR adoption and advised policymakers on ways to improve provider satisfaction and health IT innovation in the post-HITECH era.   Co-authors...

A Unique Platform for Educating New Doctors on Efficient EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Over the past few years, the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine began to notice a problem. While EHR technology had become ubiquitous in the healthcare industry, medical school curricula had not evolved to...

Regenstrief to Develop Automated Patient EHR Matching Solution

by Kate Monica

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...

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