electronic health records (EHRs)

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Audit: DOD E-Health Timeline 'Not Realistic'

Billy Mitchell | Fed Scoop | June 1, 2016

The Pentagon inspector general doesn't think the DOD can reach initial operational capability of its new $9 billion, "state-of-the-art" electronic health records system by December. The Defense Department's goal of having a pilot of its modernized electronic health record platform running by the year's end "may not be realistic," its inspector general said Wednesday...

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DoD Electronic Health Records Help VA Disability Claims

Press Release | Department of Defense (DoD) | February 6, 2014

The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DoD health information technology official said. Read More »

EHRs Can’t Keep Up with Healthcare Analytics Abilities, Needs

Jennifer Bresnick | Health IT Analytics | August 17, 2016

The electronic health record simply isn’t evolving quickly enough to keep up with rapid innovations in healthcare big data analytics and the increasingly complex needs of end-users, says an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week. The opinion piece, authored by a trio of physicians and researchers from Stanford University, points out that existing clinical decision support features often border on the useless due to an overwhelming number of low-priority alarms and alerts, inadequate data visualizations, and an inability to capture socioeconomic and behavioral data within the clinical workflow...

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Electronic Health Records: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

George Palma | Becker's Hospital Review | October 14, 2013

With passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, electronic health records have been widely adopted across healthcare organizations large and small. While there are many benefits to EHRs — improved accessibility to patient data, increased charge capture and improved preventative health — there are inherent problems in adopting this technology. Read More »

Health IT: The Coming Regulation

Andy Oram | Health IT | April 14, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has spent decades refining its processes for approving drugs and devices (and is still refining them), so what would happen if they extended their scope to the exploding health software industry?  The FDA, and its parent organization, the Department of Health and Human Services, are facing an unpleasant and politically difficult choice.

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VA Joins NATE and the Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle

Press Release | National Association for Trusted Exchange | June 9, 2016

The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) today welcomed its newest member, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). By joining NATE and participating in the NATE Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle, VA is demonstrating its commitment to enabling its Veterans to send their health data to the consumer-facing application (CFA) of their choice. 

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What Is OSEHRA And VistA?

Matthew McCall | Project Blue Button | October 1, 2012

According to the oral history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, of which I have been an attentive listener over the years, once upon a time, innovation ruled the land. VistA, the legendary Electronic Health Record, was born in the basements of VA medical centers, and raised like a child by doting clinicians and wise developers... Read More »

"The Year Of The Big EHR Switch" Confirms Physicians Favor iPad And Mobile Applications

Press Release | Black Book Rankings | May 30, 2013

As thousands of physician practices are opting to dump ineffective EHR systems, and others still scramble to select a first vendor, early adopters identify the firms that have delivered success, productivity, outcomes, meaningful use achievement and crucial stimulus fund requirements among mobile EHR applications. Read More »

"What Systems Work In Healthcare And Why?" Is Focus Of 19th Annual Health Policy Conference

Press Release | ECRI Institute | November 2, 2012

Today’s healthcare systems face escalating challenges as they aggregate into larger and more complex health systems that are vertically and horizontally integrated. The trend is being driven by both business conditions and new government policies. But are the new systems producing better clinical and business outcomes? Read More »

$85 Million Grant Supports UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Press Release | University of California San Francisco | August 9, 2016

UC San Francisco’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has received $85 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue to provide training, research support and other services, and to launch new programs aimed at diversifying the patients in research and advancing precision medicine. The new efforts seek to remove barriers to utilizing electronic medical records and emerging technologies, so research can be conducted more efficiently and in a broadly representative patient population, while ensuring that it is done securely and with informed consent...

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10 Things DoD Wants In Its Next EHR

Staff Writer | Government Health IT | September 2, 2014

Ending months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released its official request for proposals to modernize its Electronic Health Records (EHR) system and enable the DoD to share health data with the private sector and the Department of Veterans Affairs...

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11-Month Defense Health Record Contract Awarded to Leidos

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | May 2, 2014

The Defense Health Agency has awarded Leidos -- formerly Science Applications International Corp, or SAIC -- a sole source, $70.7 million bridge contract to support military electronic health record systems over the next 11 months.  

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15 Blockchain Whitepapers Awarded Winners of US Department of Health and Human Services Challenge

Luke Parker | Brave New Coin | August 30, 2016

A challenge held by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  to encourage Blockchain use in the Health Information Technology field resulted in 15 winning whitepapers. The Department’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) first announced the “Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-Related Research” challenge in July...

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17 U.S. Senators Ask HHS To Extend Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Matthew Smith | Health Directions | September 26, 2013

Seventeen Republican U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelieus making a compelling argument for implementing a one-year extension to Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. Read More »

2013 Most Wired

Matthew Weinstock | Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) | July 1, 2013

H&HN's 15th annual survey shows U.S. hospitals have made big strides in laying the foundation for robust clinical information systems. The next step: harnessing IT for the real work of improving care delivery. Read More »