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athenahealth Layoffs Impact 500 Employees in Attempt to Cut Costs

October 20, 2017 - athenahealth is eliminating around 500 of its 5,600 employees as part of a plan to cut costs under pressure from an activist investor, according to a report in The Boston Globe. The athenahealth layoffs affected about 9 percent of its workforce, the health IT company said, but did not specify how many employees would be cut from its largest campus in Watertown, Massachusetts. In addition...


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Community Hospitals Switch Paragon EHR for CPSI EHR Replacement

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Two community hospitals have chosen to switch from Paragon EHR systems to CPSI-owned systems in EHR replacements based heavily on physician referrals. These EHR replacements come after the recent Allscripts-McKesson acquisition in which Allscripts...

4 Tips for Successfully Navigating EHR Vendor Relationships

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Across the country, the healthcare industry has nearly reached full transition from paper documentation to electronic health records (EHRs). Thanks to the push from government initiatives, by 2025, the global EHR market will reach a reported...

Kansas Hospital Swaps Paragon for athenahealth EHR Replacement

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The Board of Trustees for Hiawatha Hospital Association unanimously voted to move from a Paragon EHR system to an athenahealth platform in an EHR replacement expected to start immediately. The athenahealth EHR replacement will be an effort to...

VA to Award Cerner EHR Implementation Contract Within 30 Days

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VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the federal agency will award its EHR implementation contract to Cerner Corporation in the next thirty days. The announcement came during the recent Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing last week. The...

96% of Paragon EHR Users Confident About Allscripts Acquisition

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A recent Black Book survey found 96 percent of surveyed Paragon users are confidently optimistic the Allscripts acquisition will improve daily clinical and operational processes and benefit their healthcare organizations. Black Book researchers...

MO Coalition Selects Netsmart for Population Health Management

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The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare is teaming up with Netsmart as the state’s care coordination and population health management solutions provider to support the Healthcare Homes Program. Following the success of...

Paragon EHR Users Split on Effects of Allscripts Acquisition

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A new KLAS report found McKesson Paragon EHR system users are equally split on whether the Allscripts-McKesson acquisition will lead to real improvements for the software. KLAS surveyed McKesson Paragon users including hospital CIOs, directors,...

UMass Memorial to Invest $700M in Epic Implementation

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UMass Memorial Health plans to invest approximately $700 million in its Epic EHR implementation process over the next decade. The current EHR systems in place at UMass hospitals and healthcare facilities often lack interoperability, slowing health...

UI Trustees Debate Value of $62M Epic EHR Replacement Deal

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University of Illinois (UI) is set to sign off on a $62-million EHR replacement contract to upgrade its best-of-breed, 20-year old EHR technology to a single Epic system. Implementing the Epic system at UI hospitals in Chicago should simplify...

Cerner Advisory Group to Assist with VA EHR Implementation

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Cerner recently created an Advisory Group to offer insights and recommendations to support Cerner’s work on the EHR modernization at VA. The group includes former government, military, and private sector leaders interested in optimizing...

Epic EHR Replacement Success at Lovelace Health System

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Lovelace Health System recently completed an Epic EHR replacement process at all hospitals and clinics in its network in an effort to offer patients a single, comprehensive health record for improved quality of care. Lovelace will use also use...

Keys to Successful EHR Selection in a Value-Based Care System

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While most providers understand the goals of the value-based care system, many still approach EHR selection through a volume-based lens. According to a post by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, health IT vendors...

ONC-REACHNet Collaborate to Use FHIR for Patient EHR Consent

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ONC is collaborating with the Research Action for Health Network (REACHNet) on a pilot program to create an electronic patient consent form for more efficient patient EHR exchange.  The goal of the collaborative effort will be to develop...

CliniComp Files Federal Lawsuit for VA Cerner EHR Contract

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A San Diego-based health IT company is suing the federal government for awarding a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) EHR contract to Cerner Corporation in June without a competitive bidding process. CliniComp filed the bid protest in the Court...

Allscripts Acquires NantHealth Patient Engagement Assets

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Allscripts recently acquired NantHealth’s patient engagement assets following the release of the latter's second quarter financial results showing $70 million in losses. In addition to signing the agreement with Allscripts to sell its...

Meritus Epic EHR Selection Came Down to Satisfaction

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Finding success during an EHR selection process depends on how well hospital leadership understands the priorities of its clinical and non-clinical staff. Executives at Meritus Health in northwestern Maryland spent nearly two years evaluating...

Allscripts Acquisition Signals Inpatient Health IT Challenges

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The sale of McKesson’s hospital and health system health IT business to Allscripts confirms that the inpatient health IT market offers few opportunities for technology developers to make headway. In a deal valued at $185 million, Allscripts...

How to Select the Right EHR Replacement Vendor, System

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With EHR adoption nearly ubiquitous across inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, many healthcare organizations are now in the position of considering EHR replacement. The decision to replace an existing EHR system is a serious one based...

Meritus Health Launches $100M Epic EHR Implementation Project

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Meritus Health in Maryland recently signed a $100 million deal for an integrated Epic EHR implementation, in a process set to take place over a five-year span. The integrated EHR system will streamline patient care delivery for providers and...

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