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Chip Kahn sees successes, missed opportunities in health IT
By Chip Kahn | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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 the laws's larger vision for health information technology.
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Hackensack, Meridian merging into megasystem in N.J., and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network and Meridian Health, Neptune, N.J., have signed a preliminary agreement to merge into a regional mega-system.
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Lucia Savage named new chief privacy officer at ONC
By Modern Healthcare | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Lucia Savage, 52, will be chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, replacing Joy Pritts, effective Oct. 20.
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Athenahealth sees growth and losses in Q3
By By Joseph Conn | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Revenue and customer growth did not translate into third-quarter profitability for Athenahealth, a provider of Web-based electronic health records, billing and practice management services, and software for office-based physicians.
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Practice Makes Perfect: Final rule expands meaningful-use reporting options for 2014
By Robert Tennant | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In June, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members’ most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we’ll tackle No. 8 on that list: participating in the CMS’...
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Military EHR bid deadline extended for $11B contract
By Joseph Conn | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Electronic health-record systems developers and information technology systems integrators not already in the hunt for what could be an $11 billion contract have only a week to put their bids together. At stake is a 10-year contract to provide a replacement EHR for the Defense Department's Military...
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EHR interoperability solution offered by key IT panels
By By Joseph Conn | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.
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Despite challenges, panels see progress on healthcare interoperability
By By Joseph Conn | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
There is interoperability in American healthcare, more than is generally thought, a federal health IT official and multiple advisers noted during a rare joint meeting Wednesday of the two main federally chartered health information technology advisory panels.
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AMA letter offers extensive criticism of meaningful-use program
By By Darius Tahir | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association and several other large healthcare organizations are lobbing more complaints at HHS over its incentive program for electronic health records.
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Diagnostic software could help pinpoint Ebola patients, advocates argue
By By Joseph Conn | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Diagnostic support software is getting a second look as a possible weapon against Ebola in the wake of the initial misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian Ebola patient who subsequently died at a Texas hospital. Such software can be effective in promptly diagnosing patients infected with...
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