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Coming Soon: Pentagon’s Multi-Billion Dollar Health Records Contract

Frank Konkei | Nextgov | April 25, 2014

Sometime in the coming months, the Defense Department will bid out its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, an effort so large in monetary size and game-changing scope that it could significantly influence the future of health care in the United States.

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Companies Flock to the Electronic Health Records Market

John Pulley | NextGov | July 23, 2012

Any idea how many electronic health record vendors are out there? Even experts are surprised at the answer. The total, as ModernHealthcare.com IT Everything columnist Joseph Conn puts it, is “a horde, a herd, a whole Wild West stampede” of EHR systems. Read More »

Complaints about Electronic Medical Records Increase

Bill Toland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 3, 2014

Last month, the nation’‍s largest union of registered nurses sent a letter to the FDA asking for broader and more stringent oversight of electronic records systems and of computerized physician-order entry systems, which allow clinicians to log treatment instructions for patients. The National Nurses United, as part of its broader campaign highlighting the potential dangers of “unproven medical technology,” says FDA officials should test electronic medical records as rigorously as they might a new drug or an artificial hip implant...

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Continua Health Alliance Adds U.S. Department of Defense to Growing Roster of Industry, Provider and Government Members

Press Release | Continua Health Alliance | June 5, 2012

Continua Health Alliance, the international industry organization dedicated to advancing personal connected health by promoting end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity of personal health devices and establishing standards-based guidelines for interoperability, today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Joint Program Committee-1, through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), has joined the Continua Health Alliance. Read More »

Continua Health Alliance Design Guidelines Now Available Free to Developers, Reducing Development Costs for Plug-n-play Personal Health Solutions

Press Release | Continua Health Alliance | April 12, 2012

Continua Health Alliance, the international industry organization dedicated to advancing personal connected health by promoting end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity of personal health devices and establishing industry standards for interoperability, today announced the availability of its most recent Design Guidelines (2011, ‘Adrenaline’) to the public as a free download. Read More »

Contra Costa's $45 Million [EPIC] Computer Health Care System Endangering Lives, Nurses Say

Matthias Gafni | Contra Costa Times | August 14, 2012

Contra Costa's new correctional medical computer system recommended what could have been a fatal dose of a West County jail inmate's heart medication last week, a detention nurse said Tuesday, calling it one of many recent close calls with the month-old program...It's just one of a number of computer errors that medical staffers say are endangering inmates, medical staff and sheriff's deputies at the county's five jail facilities since Contra Costa switched on July 1 to EPIC... Read More »

Cooper Green Mercy Uses OpenVista® EHR to Garner Alabama State Medicaid AIU Funds

Press Release | Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, Medsphere | July 24, 2012

Medsphere’s open source EHR system enables Jefferson County, AL, community hospital to receive much-needed $2.1 million in reimbursement...This initial disbursement of funds enables Cooper Green, owned by Jefferson County, to improve patient care while covering much of the five-year cost of Medsphere’s OpenVista® EHR. Read More »

Coronavirus Adds New Stress To Antiquated Health Record-Keeping

Darius Tahir | Politico | March 11, 2020

The U.S. health care system is on the leading edge of many technologies - except when it comes to passing information between doctors, laboratories, and public health officials. And that could add another snarl to the already troubled effort to test for coronavirus. Overreliance on faxing, phones and paper records is problem enough in ordinary times. Adding thousands of coronavirus tests a day will test the ability of providers, labs, and public health officials to keep track of all the results. Because not all results are automatically downloaded into physicians' records, the doctors may need to log into laboratory web portals or, if all else fails, turn to faxes and phones to learn test results.

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COSI Health IT Blog Startup

Industries and businesses throughout the world are being revolutionized through the application of three unique and powerful strategies - Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI). When combined, these management strategies create a robust model for accelerating change, reducing medical errors, and improving quality in the U.S. healthcare system. The COSI strategies are absolutely essential for transforming health care and creating the technology necessary to support better, safer and higher quality care in the U.S. and around the world.

Could Big Data Become Big Brother?

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 24, 2014

Call it Big Data bloodlust: The more health information being generated by a growing contingency of apps, devices, electronic health records, mHealth sensors and wearables, the broader and stronger the desire for that data becomes...

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Court Dings CA County For Mishandled EHR Implementation

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | June 5, 2014

The Ventura County Grand Jury has identified a lack of resources, proper training, and investment as the major culprits in a rocky EHR rollout at the county-run healthcare system, according to an official report.  The implementation of the Cerner system was stymied by poor leadership and preparedness, lackluster commitment to training, and insufficient purchasing of infrastructure hardware, which left staff members locked out of the system and put patients at risk of harm due to the confusion...

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COVID-19 Will Be The Ultimate Stress Test For Electronic Health Record Systems

Eric D. Perakslis and Erich Huang | STAT | March 12, 2020

As the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 continues its march around the world and through the United States, it is spawning another kind of infection: Covid-19 cyber threats aimed at individuals and health systems. We aren't crying wolf here. Disaster planning experts know all too well that preexisting weaknesses become worse during crises. The WannaCry cyber attack that devastated the United Kingdom's National Health Service is a good example. Outdated infrastructure containing components with long-understood vulnerabilities are a hacker's paradise...The undeniable fact that electronic health record systems are designed to track and bill procedures rather than provide optimal patient care is likely to be on full display as the health system becomes increasingly saturated with Covid-19 patients.

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Crafter Software Announces New Customer Win In The Canadian Healthcare Industry

Press Release | Crafter Software | November 30, 2016

Crafter Software...announced today a Canadian healthcare association, widely recognized for promoting safe and innovative medical care, has selected Crafter CMS for their next generation digital experience. Crafter CMS prevailed in the selection process based on user-friendliness, personalization features, and its ease of integration with existing applications. The healthcare association plans to use Crafter CMS platform to create, manage, and deliver personalized content through all of its digital channels including its website and mobile apps. Read More »

Creating EHRs that Doctors Don't Hate

It may be difficult to recall now, what with the ongoing Cerner deployment and recent challenges that had little to do with technology, but there was a time when the Department of Veterans Affairs was considered the gold standard for healthcare IT. VA was out front with the initial development in the 1970s of the VistA system, which would come to be widely recognized and frequently honored. Indeed, when VA was overhauled in the 1990s, VistA was the primary tool that enabled the success of new policies. Without question, much of the effectiveness and durability of VA's VistA can be attributed to the way it was developed, specifically to the collaboration between technologists and clinicians that defined the process.

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Critical Access Hospitals Still Facing EHR Adoption Challenges

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | July 11, 2014

The high costs of EHR implementation, a chronic lack of adequate staffing, and a lack of access to quality high-speed broadband internet are still presenting significant barriers to critical access hospitals (CAHs) throughout the nation, according to a new Health Affairs study authored by members of the Office of the National Coordinator...

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