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eClinicalWorks Sued for Nearly $1B Due to Faulty Patient EHRs

November 17, 2017 - eClinicalWorks has been sued for nearly $1 billion in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence following claims an individual died of cancer due to faulty patient EHRs. Kristina Tot filed the class action lawsuit against eClinicalWorks after Stjepan Tot died of cancer. The complaint alleges Stjepan Tot was “unable to determine reliably when his first symptoms...


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CHIME Suspends 2-Year National Patient ID Challenge Initiative

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently announced it will suspend the National Patient ID Challenge Initiative after nearly two years of work. “Though we’ve made great progress and moved the industry...

Handful of EHR Systems Achieve 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

All three Greenway EHR and practice management solutions have achieved 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help providers meet federal reporting requirements as the healthcare industry transitions to the value-based care system. The solutions...

ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Selects 3 Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the three winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge. Winning submissions were selected from a pool of over 140 competing teams and nearly 7,000 algorithm submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. Algorithms were...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators...

Provider Burden the Focus of ONC Health IT Certification Update

by Kate Monica

ONC aims to reduce the burden of the health IT certification program by allowing self-declaration for certain certification criteria and exercising discretion in randomized surveillance requirements, officials from the federal agency announced...

AHRQ, PCORI to Fund Learning Health System Research, Training

by Kate Monica

The Agency of Research and Quality (AHRQ) is teaming up with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to award grants of up to $8 million to nearly a dozen career development programs in an effort to promote a sustainable learning...

ONC Pushes Public Health Agencies to Improve HIE Integration

by Kate Monica

An ONC resource on how public health agencies utilize health information exchange (HIE) integration contains best practices and insights using interviews from public health agencies in 16 jurisdictions. The findings detailed in the report focus...

EHR Use Prevalent Among Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016

by Kate Monica

A new ONC data brief exploring EHR adoption, use, and interoperability in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) found 64 percent of facilities used EHRs to manage patient health data in 2016. The data brief marks a first at ONC in measuring SNF EHR...

Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

by Kate Monica

The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer.  ...

ONC Updated Feedback Form Upholds Health IT Certification Integrity

by Kate Monica

ONC is allowing providers to more easily submit feedback, concerns, and complaints regarding clinical quality measures and health IT products in an effort to uphold the integrity of ONC health IT certification. The newly updated ONC health IT...

Hospitals to Benefit from Reduced Federal EHR Use Regulation

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) emphasized the need to reduce EHR-related burden on hospitals in two letters to federal entities this week, demonstrating the association’s dissatisfaction with the present state of regulations governing...

EHRA Requests ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Be Voluntary

by Kate Monica

Thirty health IT companies part of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) recently requested ONC make its health data exchange framework voluntary and build on existing standards to improve interoperability. EHRA’s comments came...

Healthcare’s Growing Focus on Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption and health data exchange have steadily increased across most care settings as a result of the EHR Incentive Programs. While the benefits of exchanging patient medication histories, visit summaries, and medical condition information...

Key Takeaways from ONC Health Data Exchange Strategy

by Kate Monica

ONC recently posted key takeaways from its first multi-stakeholder meeting to develop a national plan for standardizing health data exchange, otherwise known as the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. In particular,...

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal agency...

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...

AMIA Submits ONC Interoperability Framework Recommendations

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Donald Rucker, MD with recommendations to improve the ONC Interoperability Framework. Representing 5,400...

Utah HIE Links Three Western Health Information Exchanges

by Kate Monica

The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) recently linked with three other health information exchanges across the West in an effort to facilitate the exchange of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications for individuals who visit...

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...

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