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CMS to Prioritize Health IT Innovation, Regulatory Relief

January 18, 2018 - 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 a recent webcast about regulatory relief. Pollack applauded CMS efforts to reduce administrative burden associated with meaningful use, but urged...


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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...

Most Significant Epic, Cerner Health IT Achievements of 2017

by Kate Monica

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...

Could Automation Solve the Healthcare Industry’s EHR Problem?

by Kate Monica

As healthcare professionals attempt to navigate an increasingly data-driven, high-tech industry, some providers and patients remain skeptical that increased reliance on EHR systems is the right move. EHRs have their advantages: several studies...

ONC Announces Health Data Exchange Challenge Final Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the final winners of its Move Health Data Forward challenge promoting solutions for more efficient and secure health data exchange. The three-phase challenge was designed to spur innovators to develop applications centered...

Siemens Partnership Connects Test Results to EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Siemens Healthineers today announced a partnership with Relaymed aimed at delivering test results to physician EHR systems through point-of-care instruments. The new alliance with Relaymed will give users access to secure, cloud-based services...

WPI Receives $5 million for Health IT Innovation Initiative

by Kate Monica

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently launched PracticePoint, a healthcare initiative focusing on health IT innovation and development funded by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech). The...

Small Practices Express Concern over Effects of EHR Adoption

by Kate Monica

A recent study to examine the effects of EHR adoption on revenue and patient encounters for small practices finds EHR adoption will likely reduce the number of patient encounters for physicians and, by extension, reduce overall practice revenue....

Providers, Payers Soon to Implement Digital Transformations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A growing number of healthcare organizations have set 2018 as the year for putting their digital information initiatives into place, according to recent findings from IDC Health Insights. The survey of more than 280 providers and 50 payers focused...

Halamka Offers Guidance for Health IT Implementation, Policies

by Kate Monica

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, recently published comments on the future of national healthcare IT after attending HIMSS17. The list contained 10 guiding principles for maintaining and improving health IT regulations...

ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

by Kate Monica

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development...