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ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

July 11, 2018 - 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 have been tested and certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Health IT products listed on CHPL have passed testing administered by an ONC...


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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 Healthcare...

PI Program Should Support Health IT Improvement, CEHRT Adoption

by Kate Monica

UPDATE: CHIME has submitted comments to CMS about PI proposed policies. The CMS promoting interoperability (PI) program should advance health IT improvement and 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) adoption among hospitals, according to a recent...

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 resolving challenges...

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 newly-released...

NIH Strategic Plan Promotes Health IT Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a strategic plan intended to inform data science that highlights the need for health IT usability and interoperability for enabling biomedical research. She has NIH collaborated with scientists,...

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 seriously its...

Epic Systems May Win Dismissal of Additional Class Action Lawsuit

by Kate Monica

A class action lawsuit brought against Epic Systems by quality assurance workers who claimed they were illegally denied overtime pay may be dismissed by a federal judge because of the recent Supreme Court decision that upholds Epic’s arbitration...

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 Challenge...

athenahealth Shareholder Urges Health IT Company to Pursue Buyout

by Kate Monica

Another investment company with stake in athenahealth is urging athenahealth’s board of directors to consider selling the health IT company, according to a recent filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Janus Henderson...

Cerner Impersonator Convicted of $19M Health IT Fraud Scheme

by Kate Monica

Suresh Mitta of Richardson, Texas has been convicted in a federal jury trial of impersonating Cerner Corporation in a $19 million health IT fraud scheme, according to an announcement from the Western District of Missouri’s Department of...

athenahealth Not Engaging With Elliott Acquisition Offers

by Kate Monica

athenahealth has not directly communicated with Elliott Management about the hedge fund’s nearly $7 billion all-cash acquisition offer, according to an open letter to the athenahealth board from Elliott Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager...

Elliott Management Offers Nearly $7B to Acquire athenahealth

by Kate Monica

Hedge fund Elliott Management recently made an offer to acquire athenahealth for $160 a share, according to CNBC. Elliott Management founder Paul Singer had a 9.2 percent stake in athenahealth in 2017. Currently, Elliott’s stake is about...

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 ECRI...

EHR Usability Problems Likely Contribute to Patient Harm

by Kate Monica

EHR usability may contribute to possible incidents of patient harm, according to a new JAMA study. Keene et al. analyzed free-text patient safety reports from 2013 to 2016 retrieved from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority database. The...

Improving Clinician EHR Use Through Provider Communication

by Kate Monica

Implementing an EHR-integrated provider communication tool may help health systems improve clinician EHR use, according to researchers at the Augusta University (AU) College of Allied Health Sciences. Researchers implemented a social knowledge...

Call for EHR Companies to Provide No-Cost EHR System Updates

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS require that EHR vendors provide any new federally-mandated updates to EHR systems free of charge to avoid augmenting the financial burden of EHR system maintenance for physician...

CT Hospital Patients Frustrated After Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Patients at Danbury Hospital have raised several complaints about scheduling problems, delays in care delivery, and difficulties obtaining medical services two weeks after Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) completed a Cerner EHR implementation....

Health IT Use, Workarounds Among Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

by Kate Monica

EHR system workarounds, lack of health IT use safety, and problems with internal care coordination were named among the top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a report from ECRI Institute. ECRI Institute...

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...

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