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Cerner Impersonator Convicted of $19M Health IT Fraud Scheme

May 17, 2018 - 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 Justice. Mitta was found guilty of a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, following a November 2016 federal indictment. Mitta was the Chief...


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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...

South Carolina Health System Completes 4-Year Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

South Carolina-based Self Regional Healthcare recently completed an Epic implementation across all its hospitals and physician practices after four years of work on the project, according to Index-Journal. Self Memorial Hospital Emergency Care...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program....

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...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the academy...

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...

Specialty Practices Anxious Over 2018 Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

Reducing regulatory burden was one of the primary aims of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, but current requirements still negatively impact patient care and clinical workflows. Despite administrative burden associated with Quality...

Small, Rural, Specialty Ambulatory Practices Lacking in EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Small, rural, and specialty ambulatory care practices are less likely to engage in advanced EHR use, according to new research published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The study by Rumball-Smith et al. measured differences in...

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...

Mercy Partners with GoHealth Urgent Care, Extends Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Mercy recently partnered with GoHealth Urgent Care to create a network of 30 co-branded urgent care centers across the Midwest operating on a single, unified Epic EHR system. The partnership will improve patient care delivery and health data...

McKesson Wins $400M DoD Imaging Health IT System Contract

by Kate Monica

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 —...

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