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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.

Innovations: Online payment portal eases hospital collections

Innovations: Online payment portal eases hospital collections

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

iVinci's CEO developed the technology after a year managing the revenue-cycle process at St. Luke's Health System in Boise. He told the system's executives they had to understand patients' payment patterns if they wanted to handle the rising tide of high-deductible plans.

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.

Q&A | Epic CEO Faulkner tells why she wants to keep her company private

Q&A | Epic CEO Faulkner tells why she wants to keep her company private

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 14, 2015

Judy Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems Corp., which she launched in 1979 with a $70,000 bank loan secured against her house and the sweat equity of a few programming customers. Epic, based in Verona, Wis., is now one of the leading EHR vendors in the country.

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