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Providers balk as CMS announces penalties for 2013 EHR issues

By Joseph Conn  |  December 18, 2014

A CMS announcement that many doctors will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

VA study shows problems with health record usage, points to some positives

By Darius Tahir  |  December 15, 2014

The use of personal health records by veterans remains low, paralleling the experience of the private healthcare sector. Only 30% of veterans had registered for the VA's patient portal and only 17% had authenticated their identity, giving them access to their health data and other functions as of...

Private-sector leaders craft health IT interoperability fix

By Darius Tahir  |  November 14, 2014

As pressure mounts for the federal government to compel healthcare vendors and providers to ease the flow of data across various programs and technologies, a group of private-sector leaders has developed its own interoperability road map with its own standards and incentives.

 $9.7 million award confirmed against Allscripts

$9.7 million award confirmed against Allscripts

By Joseph Conn  |  November 07, 2014

A North Carolina judge has confirmed an arbitration award of more than $9.7 million to Etransmedia Technology, a health IT services provider and a former value-added reseller of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions' MyWay health IT systems. The decision caps a 19-month legal battle.

CHIME Time: Building a better health-data highway

CHIME Time: Building a better health-data highway

By Charles Christian  |  November 04, 2014

We are at the end of the last reporting period for Stage 2 of meaningful use for hospitals and the beginning of the last reporting period for physician practices. However, it appears that the post-acute care industry has been stuck with the task of figuring out what to do with the data and...

Proposed interoperability overhaul finds boosters, doubters

Proposed interoperability overhaul finds boosters, doubters

By Joseph Conn  |  October 21, 2014

Healthcare IT experts are split on the promise of a new recommendation that the industry go boldly where the rest of the world has already gone before by modeling its architecture for health information exchange on the structure of the Internet.

Chip Kahn sees successes, missed opportunities in health IT

Chip Kahn sees successes, missed opportunities in health IT

By Chip Kahn  |  October 18, 2014

President Barack Obama's January 2009 pledge to “computerize the nation's health records in five years” largely has come to fruition. As we look to the future, it is critically important to continue striving to realize a larger vision for health information technology.

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