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Enterprise EHR, RCM Necessitates Staff Changes at Trinity Health

February 7, 2019 - The switch to an enterprise-wide EHR and revenue cycle management platform is changing the approach at Trinity Health to billing and IT staffing. Last May, the 94-hospital health system spanning 22 states announced its decision to move to a unified EHR and RCM platform from Epic Systems to support the delivery of patient-centered care. “People deserve customized and convenient...


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CommonWell Reveals New Program to Connect Providers, Vendors

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Prior to the start of HIMSS where the association first unveiled itself to the public, CommonWell Health Alliance announced a new program for connecting stakeholders to its health information network through its existing CommonWell...

Google Patent to Build Predictive Timeline Using EHR Data, FHIR

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The United States Patent Office has published a patent application by Google with the goal of aggregating EHR data using the FHIR-based services to predict health events. The system and method described in the application comprise three...

HIT Consolidation, Integration Fueling Changes at eMDs, MEDITECH

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Before HIMSS19 has even begun, EHR companies are making moves to improve the reach and abilities of their platforms. First, Austin’s eMDs expanded its ambulatory footprint with its acquisition of Aprima Medical Software, which...

Epic Systems Remains Top Overall Software Suite in KLAS Rankings

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For the ninth-straight year, Epic Systems earned the title of best overall software suite and tops among physician practices. Nine is also the number of Best in KLAS awards Epic received in the latest annual rankings of the US healthcare...

EHR Scheduling App Zocdoc To Start Charging Patient Fee

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Zocdoc, a doctor scheduling app that integrates with the EHR, will abandon its subscription payment model and will now charge a fee for every new patient booking. In an email sent on January 29, 2019, Oliver Kharraz, MD, Zocdoc Founder...

Epic Systems Workers Will Continue to Pursue Wage, Overtime Claims

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Legal representation for a group of technical writers who brought a class action lawsuit against Epic Systems over wage disputes will continue to pursue wage claims through individual arbitration, according to Kenosha News. In October...

Canada Hospital Enters EHR Downtime After Discovering Computer Virus

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Health Sciences North (HSN) and 20 other hospitals across Ontario, Canada recently entered into a period of EHR downtime following the discovery of a computer virus affecting the hospitals’ MEDITECH EHR system. HSN officials...

Senate Committee Says EHR Modernization Cannot Be Allowed to Fail

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In a letter to newly appointed VA CIO James Gfrerer, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester (D-MT) detailed the level of scrutiny the federal agency will be under for its high-profile and experience IT...

Early Data Shows High Patient Satisfaction With Appleā€™s PHR

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Researchers from the University of California San Diego Health, one of the first dozen healthcare organizations to integrate Apple Health Records into its patient portal, have released initial data that show the technology is well received...

Cerner, Christiana Care to Collaborate on Bariatric Services

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Cerner announced it’s collaborating with Delaware-based Christiana Care Health System on a weight-loss surgery program to help the EHR vendor’s health plan members achieve their health goals. Christiana Care is a top-ranked...

Senate Confirms VA CIO, Will Oversee EHR Modernization Project

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The Senate confirmed the Trump administration’s nominee for the Department of Veterans Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer, a former marine and Ernst & Young cybersecurity executive. Gfrerer will be the first permanent CIO...

Cerner, Sharp HealthCare Extend Partnership with Pop Health Project

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San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare announced it’s expanded its relationship with Cerner, to leverage additional tools and services to bolster care delivery and improve population health across the regional health system. The new...

Allscripts-Microsoft Effort to Match Patients with Clinical Trials

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Veradigm, a division of Allscripts focused on payers and life sciences, has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to connect patients with clinical studies through the cloud-based Allscripts EHR system, the Chicago-based company...

Cerner Bringing Prescription Drug Pricing to Point of Care

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On Thursday, the Kansas City-based company announced that a CoverMyMeds solution for reviewing prescription pricing information during a doctor’s visit would be integrated into its electronic prescribing tool, Cerner...

Allscripts Sells Stake in Behavioral Health EHR Netsmart for $525M

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Allscripts has signed a definitive agreement to sell its stake in behavioral health EHR vendor Netsmart to private equity firms TA Associates and GI Partners for a total of $525 million. The sale ends a two-year relationship between...

ONC Announces Certified Health IT List Data Challenge Winners

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ONC recently named three winners of its Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) data challenge who showed how the information can be used and applied across the healthcare industry. Researchers, health IT developers, and researchers were...

Ransomware Attack Prompts Ohio Hospitals to Enter EHR Downtime

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East Ohio Regional Hospital (EORH) and Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) have voluntarily initiated a period of EHR downtime after a ransomware attack hit the hospital’s network on Friday, November 23. The hospitals are diverting...

Veritas Capital, Elliott Will Acquire athenahealth for $5.7B

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Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management have agreed to acquire athenahealth for about $5.7 billion in cash, the health IT company confirmed on November 12. Elliott Management has expressed support for the...

2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule Pushes 2015 Edition CEHRT

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Eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will be required to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) beginning in the 2019 performance period, according to the 2019 Quality Payment...

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