Survey: Usual Suspects Dominating EHR Vendor Market for Larger Practices

May 21, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
A select few companies are dominating the large practice electronic health record (EHR) vendor market, according to a recent survey of clinicians.

Amid Mixed Reactions, 21st Century Cures Act Passes Committee Unanimously

May 21, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The 21st Century Cures Act, which would overhaul how innovative medical technologies are regulated by the federal government, made its first step towards legality today when it was unanimously passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Can Middleware Technology Solve Healthcare’s Interoperability Problems?

May 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent Black Book survey found that the healthcare industry appears a ways away from achieving meaningful interoperability. However, one medical expert says there is a technological answer that solves this problem.

Allscripts Lays Off 250 Employees

May 20, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The Chicago-based electronic health records (EHR) vendor, Allscripts is laying off 250 employees, or 3.5 percent of its workforce.

Two Major Texas HIEs Planning Merger

May 19, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Two major health information exchanges (HIEs) in Texas are planning a merger that would bring together the electronic health records (EHRs) of millions of state residents, according to various news media reports.

Live from iHT2-Boston: Care Management In the Trenches: One MD Leader Shares a Success Story

May 19, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
In his keynote address at the Health IT Summit in Boston, David Ramirez, M.D. of the CareMore healthcare delivery system shared with his audience some of the secrets so far of his organization’s care management work

While e-Prescribing Transactions Soar, Providers Slower to Adopt EPCS

May 19, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
In another indication that electronic prescribing (e-Prescribing) is nearing critical mass, Surescripts’ annual report indicates that the Arlington, Va.-based company processed 6.5 million transactions in 2014, more than American Express and PayPal.

Survey: Underserved Populations Struggle with Patient Engagement, mHealth Adoption

May 18, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Urban and rural community health centers and clinics report that patient engagement has been challenging, particularly in areas related to the adoption of healthy behaviors and compliance with standard care recommendation and treatment protocols, according to a...

What Will CIOs Most Need for the Journey Ahead? Halamka and Branzell Urge CIOs To Be “Revolutionaries”

May 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
In opening addresses to the CHIME LEAD Forum Boston, John Halamka, M.D. and Russ Branzell urge their CIO colleagues to get the big picture and move forcefully and consistently towards it

Washington Debrief: Cures Bill Addresses Interoperability, Information Blocking and Threatens Decertification

May 18, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
A bill that would establish new criteria for interoperability cleared the first hurdle toward passage last week, as the 21st Century Cures initiative was unanimously approved by the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee. The proposed legislation contains a...

What Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Teach their Provider Peers About Data and Population Health

May 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
As she prepares to participate in a panel at the Health IT Summit in Washington, DC, HRSA’s Suma Nair discusses the progress being made nationwide among federally qualified health centers in leveraging data and IT for population health
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