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Epic Systems feeling heat over interoperability
By Darius Tahir | October 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Epic Systems' August decision to retain a Washington lobbyist was widely seen as a sign that the leading electronic health-record system vendor is feeling political heat based on the perceived lack of interoperability between its EHR systems and other systems.
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Pace of digital health funding slows in Q3
By Darius Tahir | October 01, 2014
About $700 million in venture funding flowed into the digital health sector during the third quarter, a report from prominent digital health accelerator Rock Health found. That represents a decline in the pace of growth in funding.
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As meaningful-use reporting deadline nears, CMS reveals hardship exception figures
By Bloomberg BNA | October 01, 2014
Roughly 44,000 providers applied for hardship exceptions from the meaningful use program this year in hopes of avoiding a Medicare penalty next year, the CMS said Sept. 29.
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Nurses need adequate training on new devices, healthcare tech
By Andis Robeznieks | October 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nurses must be given adequate training on new products and devices as the work they do becomes more integrated with health information technology, nursing leaders and technology experts say. Also, care must be taken to make sure technology doesn't take too much attention away from the patient, they...
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AHIMA releases principles for new area: information governance
By Joseph Conn | October 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Health Information Management Association has launched a program to help its members become experts in the relatively new concept known as data governance of health information.
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Looking for work? Know about IG? You're all set
By Joseph Conn | October 01, 2014
While the term information governance or IG, which refers to the maintenance, compliance and control of healthcare data within an organization, is fairly new, the job market is already recognizing the need for experts in the field, said Kayce Dover, president and CEO of HIM Connection, a...
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UnitedHealth's Optum to buy MedSynergies
By Bob Herman | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Optum, a consulting and analytics division of the country's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, has agreed to acquire physician practice consulting firm MedSynergies.
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Digital health records become common, but sharing still a challenge
By New York Times | September 30, 2014
Doctors and hospital executives across the country say they are distressed that the expensive electronic health-record systems they installed in the hopes of reducing costs and improving the coordination of patient care simply do not share information with competing systems.
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CVS, MedStar agree to integrate patient records
By Washington Post | September 30, 2014
Neglected to pick up your prescription? Now there’s a good chance your doctor will be aware of that and do something about it, thanks to a slew of new partnerships between CVS Health and various health systems. One of these arrangements, slated to begin by early next year, will integrate the...
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Abstract world of healthcare IT gains human dimension at AHIMA
By Joseph Conn | September 30, 2014
A pair of emotionally charged presentations turned all the often-jargon-filled talk about IT, computing power and medical records into very human stories Monday during the opening session of the American Health Information Management Association's 86th annual convention and exhibition in San...
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