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Senate to Vote on 21st Century Cures Monday

December 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Following the U.S. House of Representatives passing the 21st Century Cures Act earlier this week, the Senate is expected to vote on the legislation Monday, Dec. 5.

FHIR Pilot at Regenstrief Aims to Take Data Integration to New Levels

November 17, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Developers and innovators are bullish on FHIR’s potential, as Regenstrief’s latest pilot shows, but they caution folks to temper expectations in the short-term.

Open Source Health IT Platforms Join Forces to Form LibreHealth

November 12, 2016  |  David Raths
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Leaders from OpenMRS and OpenEMR, two leading open source health IT platforms, have joined forces to announce the formation of LibreHealth, a new initiative to expand on years of work by those communities’ volunteers.

Pew Analysis: Despite ONC’s EHR Oversight, Patient Safety Issues Persist

November 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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According to a new analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts, despite the ONC's new regulations on electronic health record (EHR) oversight, gaps will persist that could put patients at risk.

Vocera to Acquire Extension Healthcare for $55M

October 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Vocera Communications, the San Jose, Calif.-based healthcare communications company, has announced that it has acquired Extension Healthcare for approximately $55 million in an all-cash transaction.

ONC National Coordinator Gets Live Look at Carequality Data Exchange

October 27, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.

Industry Stakeholders React to ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule

October 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a statement applauding the steps taken by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to strengthen the monitoring and testing of certified electronic health records (EHRs).

In MACRA Final Rule, Health IT’s Role Looms Large

October 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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With the release of the MACRA final rule last week, healthcare leaders quickly turned to look at the regulation’s many provisions that directly relate to the use of certified EHR technology and more broadly, health information technology.

Brookings Fellow on MIPS: “It’s an Open Invitation to Cheating”

October 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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As the healthcare industry continues to await the MACRA final rule, expected to drop any day now, discussion around some of the proposed rule’s core health IT elements, and how they will affect participating physicians, have begun to heat up.

KLAS: Interoperability among Different EMRs Nearly Non-Existent

October 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Only 6 percent of healthcare providers reported that information accessed from exchange partners on a different electronic medical record (EMR) is delivered in an effective way that facilitates improvement to patient care, according to KLAS’ Interoperability...

Diving into Healthcare’s Data Blocking Enigma

October 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
A recent conversation with the notable Dr. Farzad Mostashari left me further pondering one of the core issues in health IT right now.

Survey: Most Vendors Not Prepared to Comply with Data Protection Standards

October 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Two thirds of healthcare industry vendors report they are not prepared to comply with HITRUST healthcare data protection standards, according to a survey by New York City-based advisory firm KPMG.

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