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A Discussion of Medicaid’s $5 Billion/Year IT Infrastructure Transformation

CMS provides funding to the tune of 5 billion dollars per year to support the Medicaid information technology platforms run by the states. In December 2015, CMS issued a final rule, Mechanized Claims Processing and Information Retrieval Systems (90%  Federal/10% State), to assist states to update Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) in over 20 states. These changes will allow states to improve customer service and support the dynamic nature of Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, and delivery systems. Also within this rule was language directing the Medicaid Enterprise towards an open, modular architecture.

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AMA Board Chair: HHS Should Address EHR Usability Issues Immediately

Staff Writer | American Medical Association | May 15, 2013

The government needs to act quickly to remedy the impaired usability of electronic health records (EHR) if the technology's touted benefits are to be realized, AMA Board of Trustees Chair Steven J. Stack, MD (left), told officials during a federal hearing last week. Read More »

CIO Halamka Highlights 5 Health IT Challenges In Year Ahead

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | September 4, 2013

One question that healthcare CIOs are asked time and time again to answer is: What keeps you up at night? Answers to the question vary depending on the type of organization the CIO works for and the complexity of the health IT systems it maintains or is planning to implement. Read More »

Continua Publishes Open Health Tools On Website

Laura Pedulli | Clinical Innovation + Technology | June 4, 2013

Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit, open-industry organization of healthcare and technology companies, has announced new additions to its open source clearinghouse to encourage innovation by entrepreneurs, small businesses, students and universities working on health IT projects. Read More »

EHR Certification: An Ongoing Process For ONC’s Office Of Certification

Carol Bean and Asara Clark | Health IT Buzz | April 25, 2013

Providers should be confident that when they buy and use a certified EHR, their product satisfies our requirements. That’s why we review any complaints we receive about these products and make sure they are addressed, even to the point of revoking certification when necessary. In fact, we recently revoked the certification of two such products. Read More »

EHR Makers Surprised By Stage 2 Complexity

Anthony Brino and Diana Manos | Government Health IT | October 22, 2013

As the end of 2013 closes in, most federal certification bodies are noticing an uptick in the number of vendors who are applying to become certified under the 2014 criteria — the same criteria that will be required for the EHR products providers must use to attest to meaningful use Stage 2. Read More »

Fine Tuning The National Healthcare IT Timeline

John Halamka | Life As A Healthcare CIO | November 20, 2013

As I work with healthcare leaders in Boston, in New England, and throughout the country, I'm seeing signs that well resourced medical centers will struggle with Meaningful Use stage 2 attestation, ICD-10 go live, HIPAA Omnibus Rule readiness, and Accountable Care Act implementation, all of which have 2013-2014 deadlines... Read More »

For Docs, Hospitals And State, Growing Pains In Medicaid IT

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | December 12, 2013

Five months after going live with some functionality problems, North Carolina’s new Medicaid information management system is still struggling to get up to speed, leaving some providers with headaches and putting pressure on a certification timeline, an audit has found. Read More »

Halamka: What Keeps Me Up At Night - Fall 2013

John Halamka | Life As A Healthcare CIO | September 3, 2013

All of these challenges can be conquered. For nearly 20 years, I've led an IT organization that has continuously delivered miracles with 1.9% of the operating budget.  I am ready for the challenges ahead but wonder if mergers/acquisitions, regulatory uncertainty, MU2 certification challenges, resource constraints, and real time demands will create a set of constraints that are impossible to optimize.
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Healthcare's Big Problem With Little Data

Dan Munro | Forbes | April 28, 2013

Every year, the analyst firm Gartner publishes between 90 and 100 “Hype Cycles” with insight on about 1,900 different technologies. The Hype Cycle above is the one for Emerging Technologies for 2012 (published in August) and shows “Big Data” heading toward the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” Read More »

HHS Pulls EHRMagic Certification

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | April 26, 2013

Hospital officials were divided in their reactions to news late Thursday that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services had revoked the certification of two electronic health record systems for failure to meet the standards of the Meaningful Use incentive program. Read More »

In Healthcare, Time To Free The Data

Mark Braunstein | InformationWeek Healthcare | November 27, 2013

To justify optimism about healthcare IT, we need to free the data tied up in electronic health records -- and it is happening. Read More »

Montana Hospital Sues Developer Over Electronic Health-Record Certification

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | January 7, 2014

A small Montana hospital may be among the first of many providers to go to court to resolve their frustrations with electronic health record systems developers that are either lagging or failing to update their software to the new, more stringent testing and certification requirements of the federal EHR incentive payment program. Read More »

ONC Revokes Two EHR Certifications

Erin McCann | Government Health IT | April 26, 2013

Two electronic health record systems, previously certified under the EHR Incentive Program, failed recently to meet industry requirements and have had their certifications revoked, ONC officials announced Thursday. Read More »

Open Compute: The Perks Of Converged Infrastructure, No Proprietary B.S. | #OCPSummit

Valentina Craft | Silicon Angle | February 4, 2014

The fifth edition of the Open Compute Project Summit took place on January 28 and 29 in San Jose, California. Day one kicked off with Frank Frankovsky’s opening remarks. The Chairman and President of OCP Foundation presented the “Open Compute Project: 2014 and Beyond”, explaining to the audience what the event is going to focus on and what to expect from the following speakers. Read More »