Physicians, hospitals and health systems cited a variety of reasons for looking for a new electronic health record (EHR) vendor, from seeking better functionality to meeting new regulatory requirements. The fact the change likely won’t bring a quick return on their investment, however, doesn’t seem to deter anyone looking to make a switch.
Apr 20, 2018 | Health IT
A state board in Illinois has recommended voiding a seven-year, $62 million contract for Epic to implement a new electronic health record (EHR) system at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago, finding some merit to Cerner’s claims that there was conflict of interest with the firm hired to evaluate the bids.
Apr 11, 2018 | Health IT
Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report mirrored what was released last month in its report on breaches involving protected health information (PHI) in prior years. Whereas all other industries profiled—including education, financial and retail—saw the majority of their breaches come from external forces, most of the healthcare industry’s threats came from inside.
Apr 11, 2018 | Health IT
The U.S. Coast Guard has announced it will join the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) $4.3 billion rollout of a Cerner electronic health record (EHR) system, giving the health IT giant yet another major customer within the federal government.
Apr 10, 2018 | Health IT
A survey from Black Book Research found when healthcare organizations don’t have a master patient database across various departments, match rates when exchanging records with other health systems are much lower.
Apr 06, 2018 | Health IT
Facebook had been discussing a data sharing project with hospitals and medical groups to match patient data with socioeconomic information from Facebook profiles, but CNBC reports the project has been put on hold as the social network faces scrutiny over how it collects and shares data on its users.
Apr 05, 2018 | Leadership
In a freewheeling question-and-answer session at the ACHE Congress in Chicago, Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush made some bold statements about where electronic health records are heading and why virtualization should trump other healthcare priorities.
Apr 04, 2018 | Health IT
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against for-profit hospital giant Community Health Systems (CHS), claiming CHS unlawfully helped hospitals it was selling to continue using Microsoft software.
Apr 02, 2018 | Health IT
GE Healthcare has announced it will sell its revenue cycle, ambulatory care and workforce management software units to private equity firm Veritas Capital for $1.05 billion, following earlier plans for General Electric to sell assets and rumors the entire company could be broken up.
Apr 02, 2018 | Health IT
Blockchain has been touted—to the point of being called overhyped—as the technological breakthrough healthcare organizations need to more easily secure and store patient data. Five companies are now launching a pilot program to see if blockchain can live up to its promises by applying the technology to the common problem of inaccurate provider directories.
Mar 30, 2018 | Health IT
The firing of David Shulkin, MD, as Veterans Affairs Secretary may threaten the $16 billion deal for Cerner to bring an electronic health records (EHR) system to the VA, according to Nextgov.
Mar 26, 2018 | Health IT
Chris Wlaschin, who has served as chief information security officer (CISO) at HHS since January 2017, will leave the post at the end of March amid allegations cybersecurity vendors had given gifts and privileges to lower-level government IT leaders involved with the Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (HCCIC).
Mar 22, 2018 | Health IT
The promise of precision medicine is bringing together patient data and accounting for factors like genetic variability, environment and lifestyle to tailor treatment to an individual. Fulfilling that potential, according to Acxiom and LiveRamp’s global chief data ethics officer Sheila Colclasure, MA, requires using the available data ethically and gaining the trust of patients.
Mar 20, 2018 | Health IT
The broader goals of the MyHealthEData initiative announced by CMS at HIMSS18 have the support of Vice President Joe Biden, but he also criticized the Trump administration for a lack of specifics on the proposal and put blame for the lack of interoperability squarely on the healthcare industry.
Mar 16, 2018 | Health IT
The health IT market has exploded in the last five to 10 years, but since 2015, the market has shifted from initial public offerings (IPOs) to larger mergers and acquisitions as well as robust interest from venture capital—which means health IT firms need to know what will impress or turn away investors.
Mar 16, 2018 | Policy
Easing clinician burden under the payment tracks implemented as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will be a priority for CMS in this year’s rulemaking, according to Kate Goodrich, MD, the agency’s chief medical officer. What won’t be changing, however, is requiring providers to meet the 2015 edition of certified electronic health record technology (CHERT) standards.
Mar 16, 2018 | Health IT
The new push for easier patient access to their health data from CMS will require some work on the part of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), with the agency’s leaders not being shy about supporting its patient-centric goals in a briefing with reporters at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas.
Mar 16, 2018 | Health IT
The My HealthE Data initiative announced by CMS at HIMSS18 earned favorable reactions from health IT professionals at the conference. When it comes to actually allowing patients to access and share their health data, however, some companies which profit from the current “friction-filled health data sharing economy” will resist, according to former U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra.
Mar 13, 2018 | Health IT
Implementing a new Cerner electronic health record (EHR) system through the Veterans Administration (VA) system will involve 48 “deployment waves” beginning in 2019 and ending in 2027, according to a Cerner presentation at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas.
Mar 01, 2018 | Health IT
Several years after being launched, the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA) feels it has made progress on priorities like electronic funds transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA), with more work to be done on addressing prior authorization headaches through the practice management systems (PMS) industry it represents.
Mar 01, 2018 | Health IT
Artificial intelligence (AI) is attracting plenty of interest from health IT professionals, but worries about security may slow the transition from systems simply being interested in its applications to actually implementing it, according to a survey conducted by IT services provider TEKSystems.