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Pressure from purchasers will be 'painful' but 'beneficial'

Pressure from purchasers will be 'painful' but 'beneficial'

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2015

Dave Blom, CEO of Columbus-based OhioHealth, talks about the impact of Medicaid expansion, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's role in implementing that expansion, electronic health-record interoperability, and his approach to motivating employees.

Cerner bid for military EHR contract goes unchallenged

By Joseph Conn  |  August 14, 2015

Cerner Corp., the electronic health-record system developer that was part of a winning team bidding on the huge military health system EHR contract, can go to work without the uncertainty posed by a bid protest.

Ochsner taps apps for hypertension patients

Ochsner taps apps for hypertension patients

By Joseph Conn  |  May 02, 2015

New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System was one of the first U.S. systems to begin managing patients with chronic conditions using tech giant Apple's new HealthKit data-sharing platform in conjunction with the Apple watch and iPhone.

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...

Epic, other EHR vendors agree to waive record-sharing fees

By Joseph Conn  |  April 15, 2015

After years of saddling their customers and outside firms with substantial fees for interfaces and other costs for interoperability, vendors of electronic health-record systems are now engaged in what looks like an interoperability price war.

Still not talking: Health IT interoperability remains elusive

Still not talking: Health IT interoperability remains elusive

By Joseph Conn  |  April 11, 2015

Interoperability of electronic health records remains a bridge too far for many providers, despite more than a decade of federal emphasis on information exchange and $29.1 billion spent on federal EHR incentive payments tied to requirements mandating interoperable systems.

ONC outlines plans to curb EHR 'blocking'

By Darius Tahir  |  April 11, 2015

A government report released last week slammed providers and health information technology vendors for a pattern of business practices that are effectively blocking the easy transfer of electronic health records.

CommonWell network adds Meditech; Epic still on sidelines

By Darius Tahir  |  April 03, 2015

The announcement that major electronic health-record vendor Meditech is joining the burgeoning CommonWell information exchange network now leaves Epic as the only company among the sector's top five vendors that is not a member of the barely 2-year-old group.

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