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ONC stepping up efforts to ensure EHRs perform as advertised

By Darius Tahir  |  March 25, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's new certification rule, released Friday, may signal a new direction for the agency: ensuring that electronic health-record systems perform as advertised.

EHR vendors study whether they can deliver on Stage 3 demands

By Joseph Conn  |  March 25, 2015

EHR developers are hoping the draft regulations issued Friday prove more flexible and focused than earlier editions that led to delays in software certification and tripped up providers trying to meet the requirements for using the technology.

CMS proposes third stage for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  March 21, 2015

Draft regulations the CMS issued last Friday would add a third and final stage to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records.

N.Y. e-prescribing delay sounds cautionary note for other states

N.Y. e-prescribing delay sounds cautionary note for other states

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 21, 2015

New York's attempt to become the first state to penalize physicians who don't use e-prescription software has been pushed back a year and an old health information technology villain is being blamed—software that has yet to be certified for provider use.

CMS issues draft Stage 3 rules for EHR incentive program

By Darius Tahir  |  March 20, 2015

Draft regulations the CMS issued Friday would make significant changes to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use EHRs. With some exceptions, hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals would be expected to conform to the rules by...

ONC targets interoperability, privacy in proposed rule

By Joseph Conn  |  March 20, 2015

Electronic health-record interoperability is at the heart of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's half of a two-pronged federal rule-making effort announced Friday.

Cerner, Intermountain roll out modified EHR-financial system

By Joseph Conn  |  March 19, 2015

The first fruits of a collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare and Cerner Corp.are being rolled out to two hospitals and 24 ambulatory care clinics. The partners hope the new offering may impress the Pentagon, which is searching for new EHR vendors.

Meaningful-use Stage 3 rule expected within days

By Darius Tahir  |  March 16, 2015

A proposed final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health-record meaningful-use program is expected as soon as Wednesday, an HHS official told Modern Healthcare.

Blue Button protocol for easy EHR transfers fails to gain traction

By Joseph Conn  |  March 16, 2015

The federal push to adopt and use the Blue Button format for exchanging healthcare information between clinicians and patients is, at best, stalled, according to a recent survey by the not-for-profit Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

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.

Faulkner funds foundation to keep Epic private

Faulkner funds foundation to keep Epic private

By Joseph Conn  |  March 10, 2015

Epic Systems Corp. founder and CEO Judith Faulkner has decided to leave much of her holdings in her privately held company to a specially created charitable foundation that will fund and operate not-for-profits in healthcare and other areas, as well as control her stock in the company.

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