electronic health records (EHR)

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Beyond the theatrics of the VA wait-list scandal

Merrill Goozner | Modern Healthcare | May 24, 2014

The spin cycle of a Washington scandal, once set in motion, is more entertaining to watch than clothes washing at the local laundromat, even though the latter is better at cleaning up a mess. Read More »

BI & Analytics Tools Will Put The Meaning In Meaningful Use

Shahid N. Shah | Healthcare Technology Online | January 29, 2013

Meaningful Use (MU) entered our lexicon over the last few years centered on EHR software as if the usage of an application was important. Read More »

Biden Announces Major Open Initiatives At Cancer Moonshot Summit

Press Release | The White House | June 28, 2016

Today, the Cancer Moonshot is hosting a summit at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. as part of a national day of action that also includes more than 270 events in communities across the United States.  Vice President Joe Biden will join over 350 researchers, oncologists and other care providers, data and technology experts, patients, families, and patient advocates, among others, will come together at Howard University.  They will be joined by more than 6,000 individuals at events in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.  This is the first time a group this expansive and diverse will meet under a government charge is to double the rate of progress in our understanding, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of cancer...

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Bloomberg Health Care Summit on "Connecting Healthcare Policy with Next Century Innovation"

Earlier this week, the Bloomberg Government Health Care Summit appropriately named "Mind the Gap: Connecting Healthcare Policy with Next Century Innovation", was held in Washington, D.C. It was convened to discuss perspectives of healthcare innovators, medical professionals, and government officials who are helping to redesign U.S. healthcare during a time of innovation. About 150 healthcare industry representatives were in attendance. One of our Open Health News (OHN) correspondents was there. Read More »

Board Certified Clinical Informaticists & 'Precision Medicine'

In January 2014, a select group of physicians are to receive the first national board certification in Clinical Informatics, including Seth Bokser, MD, medical director for information technology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children's Hospital.  Awarded by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, the certification recognizes the increasingly vital role that the science and practice of informatics plays in health care. Read More »

Bruce L. Wilder, MD MPH JD

Dr. Bruce Wilder practiced neurological surgery in the Pittsburgh area for many years. He has strong interests in patient safety and EHR design, and, in his view the two are inextricably intertwined. He currently is Of Counsel in the law firm of Wilder, Mahood, McKinley and Oglesby. Read More »

Burlington hospital expansion includes buying a $160 million EHR System

Steven Rosenberg | The Boston Globe | August 11, 2013

Lahey Health plans to spend over $170 million on its hospital facilities, with a new $162 million electronic medical records system as the centerpiece. Read More »

California's Blackouts Reveal Health Care's Fragile Power System

Nicole Wetsman | The Verge | October 28, 2019

The United States health care system depends on electricity to function normally: it needs power to run everything from ventilators to electronic health records, to ferry patients via elevator through hospitals, refrigerate medications, and countless other tasks. But that PG&E planned outage wasn't the last. There were more outages last week, and they are likely to become more frequent as the changing climate keeps California dry and makes fires more likely. The number of weather-related power outages is also increasing as extreme weather events become more common. As a result, it's more critical than ever that health care facilities are prepared for a present and future where power isn't a guarantee. Read More »

careMESH Announces the First National Provider Directory Built Entirely to the HL7 FHIR Standard

Press Release | careMESH | July 30, 2019

careMESH, the only service provider to guarantee digital delivery of patient health information to any US-based clinician, announced the launch of the country's first National Provider Directory based entirely on the HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) R4 standard. HL7 is a not-for-profit organization focused on developing consensus standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management and delivery of healthcare.

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CDC Issues RFI for Real-world Testing of Health Information Technology

In October the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a Natural Test Collaborative (NTC). Through a series of questions, the RFI seeks opinions and information about "The development of a national testbed (notionally called the National Test Collaborative (NTC)) for real-world testing of health information technology (IT)" and "Approaches for creating a sustainable infrastructure" to achieve it. The scope of the questions is somewhat confusing and quite broad, starting with Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) but quickly expanding to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and interoperability (not precisely defined).

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Chopra Resigns From White House

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | January 27, 2012

Aneesh Chopra, the federal government’s first chief technology officer and assistant to the president, has resigned, the White House announced Jan. 27. He is expected to leave in early February. Read More »

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 »

Complicated, Confusing EHRs Pose Serious Patient Safety Threats

Sabriya Rice | Modern Healthcare | June 20, 2014

Confusing displays, improperly configured software, upgrade glitches and systems failing to speak to one another—those are just a few electronic health record-related events that put patients in danger, according to a new study.

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Congress is its own roadblock to interoperability

Marla Durben Hirsch | Fierce EMR | April 8, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has received a large number of comments on its draft interoperability road map. Some commenters have praised it; others have offered criticisms. Yet, we can't ignore that ONC is not alone at the interoperability drawing board. Both the CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality, Healtheway's interoperability initiative, are forging ahead with their own initiatives. There also are the health information exchanges, with their different rules, operating models and governance structures.

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CORAnet Solutions, Inc. Launches Certified PHR Applications for Allscripts

Press Release | CORAnet Solutions | April 28, 2015

CORAnet Solutions, Inc. announced it has received certification on several innovative applications via the Allscripts Developer Program (ADP) for users of Allscripts Professional EHR™, Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR and Allscripts Sunrise Acute Care™. The applications, CORAVault (ambulatory) and CORALink (emergency), are going to be featured in a webinar on April 30th. The webinar, which will start at 12:00 PM ET, can be joined here. CORAnet Solutions’ mobile application, CORAVault™, provides access to disparate electronic health records, CCD, CCR, and HL7 files securely from different locations such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and physician practices. The CORAnet server consolidates and organizes medical data  as a single personal health record (PHR) secured with 256-bit encryption to the patient’s smart phone, laptop and/or tablet where medical data are stored and accessible anytime, anywhere – both online and offline.

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