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AMIA’s Doug Fridsma: Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use

Mark Hagland | Healthcare Informatics | June 13, 2016

Access to information and the ability to integrate and use information has changed how individuals book travel, find information about prices and products, and compare and review services. Information can empower individuals, but health care has lagged behind other fields. It is unconscionable that in 2016 most patients are unable to obtain their entire medical record unless they print it out. While progress has been made in the last several years to support patients’ access to their information through various electronic means, such as Blue Button and patient portals, this is not sufficient to make patients first-order participants in their care, their health and their research efforts...

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An Election On Health Care And Costs

Edmund Billings | Medsphere | November 9, 2012

The recently concluded election was seen by many as a referendum on the 2010 Affordable Care Act, now widely known and even embraced by the president as Obamacare. President Obama’s re-election ensures that the implementation of reform will continue, but how a divided Congress deals with it while trying to control federal spending will remain an open question for some time. Read More »

An End To Medical-Billing Secrecy?

Steven Brill | Time | May 8, 2013

Our hospital bill is about to get a thorough examination. [...] Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released an enormous data file on May 8 that reveals the list—or “chargemaster”—prices of all hospitals across the country for the 100 most common inpatient treatment services in 2011. Read More »

AP: Administration Was Told Healthcare.gov Had 'High' Security Risk Four Days Before Launch

Adrianne Jeffries | The Verge | October 30, 2013

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the agency that oversaw the launch of the online health insurance marketplace Healthcare.gov received a memo warning of security risks shortly before the site was deployed. Read More »

Archimedes, HHS Align To Speed HIT Development Via Analytics

Bernie Monegain | Government Health IT | May 2, 2013

San Francisco-based healthcare modeling and analytics company Archimedes and the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have formed what they call a first-of-its-kind partnership designed to provide free and easy access to CMS synthetic claims data for any software developer – commercial, private, or individual. Read More »

Are Industry Rankings Really Indicative of EHR Usability?

Sara Heath | EHR Intelligence | February 3, 2016

A high ranking for an EHR might not be indicative of its actual usability. This becomes clear when one compares recent industry rankings with polls and testimony coming straight from users. Just last week, KLAS released its Best in KLAS rankings, with Epic Systems clearly coming out on top. Taking home two overall rankings and seven other Best in KLAS rankings, the EHR vendor giant continued to assert its dominance in the health IT industry...

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Assessing The Exchanges

Yuval Levin | National Review Online | October 17, 2013

Over the last few days, I have spoken in some detail about the state of the federal Obamacare exchanges with several officials of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the HHS agency that is running the exchanges), and with a number of reasonably well placed insurance company officials in Washington... Read More »

Beyond EHRs: Positioning Hospitals For The Pay-For-Performance Era

Steve Riddle | Government Health IT | October 9, 2012

Fierce competition ahead. That’s what hospitals can expect in the pay-for-performance landscape that is already unfolding on the national regulatory scene. Read More »

Blue Button Is Powerful Tool For Patients

Press Release | PinsYourWay.com | November 8, 2012

The Blue Button program is more than just a VA initiative – it is a new way of thinking, writes a blogger dedicated to sharing the patient story. Read More »

Can Data Provide the Trust we Need in Health Care?

One of the problems dragging down the US health care system is that nobody trusts one another. Most of us, as individuals, place faith in our personal health care providers, which may or may not be warranted. But on a larger scale we’re all suspicious of each other... Read More »

careMESH Launches New Referral Management Module with Guaranteed Digital Delivery to Any U.S. Clinician

Press Release | careMESH | March 14, 2019

careMESH, the only service provider that guarantees 100% digital delivery of protected health information to any clinician nationwide, announced that it has expanded its secure communications capabilities to include a comprehensive referral management module. The built-in workflow tools and convenient administrative Task Manager make it easy for users to create a referral, attach a patient record and other relevant care information, and send it digitally to any other healthcare provider in the country. careMESH customers, including hospitals, large physician groups, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and others, use careMESH to send structured medical records, discharge summaries, secure messages, and other sensitive clinical information.

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CGI CONNECT Open Source Software Solution Certified for Use on eHealth Exchange

Press Release | CGI Federal Inc. | August 22, 2016

CGI announced today that the CONNECT Gateway has been tested and certified for use on the eHealth Exchange by The Sequoia Project. CONNECT is a dynamic open source platform that supports the secure exchange of health information for more than two thousand organizations in the U.S., including federal agencies, states, healthcare providers, insurers, and health IT vendors...

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CMS Aims To Shine Light In Dark Data Places

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 20, 2014

...The federal government has no intention of slowing on its promise to bring as much data to light as it possibly can, Brennan told attendees in a closing keynote June 18 at the Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition...

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CMS and OIG release final rules extending Stark Law exception for donations of EHR systems

Carlton Fields & Jon Gatto | Lexology | December 26, 2013

CMS and OIG release final rules extending Stark Law exception and Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbor for donations of electronic health records [EHR] technology. Read More »

CMS Awards Up-To-$15B Virtual Datacenter Contract

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | November 20, 2012

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded a 10-year contract valued at up to $15 billion to eight vendors to compete to build various aspects of a virtual datacenter, which will provide the agency’s IT infrastructure and services that operate its business systems and better safeguard its healthcare information. Read More »