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McKesson Wins $400M DoD Imaging Health IT System Contract

January 8, 2018 - The Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a $400 million contract to McKesson Technologies for a digital imaging network picture archiving and communications health IT system. McKesson will likely supply and maintain the system — called DIN-PACS IV — until December 15, 2027. Military branches and federal civilian agencies including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps...


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Former National Coordinator DeSalvo Joins UT Dell Med School

by Kate Monica

Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will join the University of Texas (UT) Austin Dell Medical School faculty in January. DeSalvo was appointed National Coordinator by former President Barack...

AMIA, Pew Charitable Trust Advocate for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a joint letter to congressional appropriators requesting they ensure ONC has adequate funding to implement the EHR reporting program. In the...

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Connects Over 50% of Providers

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Interoperability Framework now connects over half of the nation’s healthcare providers. Since its inception in July 2016, the interoperability network has grown to include more than 1,000 hospitals,...

Standardization Biggest Barrier to Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As one of the earliest adopters of health data exchange in its region, the Hattiesburg Clinic in Mississippi understands the importance of enabling healthcare interoperability to improve clinical efficiency and reduce provider frustrations. The...

AMIA Urges ONC Update 2015 Interoperability Roadmap, Standards

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to ONC urging the federal agency to update the 2015 Interoperability Roadmap, enhance testing, and invest in improving health IT standards. The recommendations came...

Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A new eHealth Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers in 2017 Survey on Access to Patient Information gathered responses from 107...

eClinicalWorks Allows Integration with CommonWell, Carequality

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks will now allow users to connect with both CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality with a new self-service option. Over 400 health systems have already connected to the interoperability service providers in an effort to improve...

Pew Calls on VA to Prioritize Health Data Exchange, Safety

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and the federal agency to prioritize health data exchange and patient safety in its forthcoming EHR implementation....

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

DirectTrust Backs ONC Focus on EHR Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD recently released a statement commending plans discussed during the ONC press conference to focus on improving EHR usability and interoperability in health IT. “I find the attitude and direction ONC is taking...

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other areas likely...

ONC to Implement Trusted Exchange Framework, Common Agreement

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, ONC announced a series of three public stakeholder meetings will soon take place to kick start the process of implementing the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in the 21 Century Cures Act....

Value-Based Care Fueling Provider Demands on Health IT Companies

by Kate Monica

Expectations for health IT companies are rising as a result of the transition to value-based care. Providers are increasingly experiencing pressure to improve information exchange at their practices and demanding clean, comprehensive, and actionable...

Shulkin Details Planned 2018 VA EHR Modernization Activities

by Kate Monica

VA Secretary David Shulkin recently released a statement delving into the specifics of a VA budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and the department’s EHR modernization plans and other health IT investments. The FY 2018 budget submission...

How Surescripts Approaches Patient Safety Improvements

by Kate Monica

Accurate patient identification and data retrieval is crucial to ensuring patient safety in care delivery. The potential repercussions of misidentification range from adverse drug reactions to inadvertent patient harm resulting from unknown allergies...

Two New Healthix HIE Connections Improve Patient EHR Exchange

by Kate Monica

The health information exchange (HIE) Healthix in New York recently connected to Northwell Health and Mount Sinai Health System using InterSystems Healthshare information exchange platform to enable improved patient data exchange. The integration...

Surescripts Facilitated Health Data Exchange Growth in 2016

by Kate Monica

Surescripts recently released its 2016 National Progress Report showing the interoperability network enabled over 10.9 billion secure transactions in 2016 — up 12 percent from the previous year. In 2016, Surescripts increased the number...

Cybersecurity Taskforce Issues EHR Security Recommendations

by Kate Monica

A healthcare industry cybersecurity taskforce recently submitted a report to Congress analyzing and addressing various issues with healthcare security including problems unique to EHR technology. The task force was initially convened in...

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

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