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Survey: Patients Using Online Reviews to Find Providers

November 21, 2014
Significantly more patients are using online reviews to find a provider this year compared to last year, according to research from Austin, Tx.-based electronic health record (EHR) comparison site Software Advice.

Study: Cost-Savings Can Occur When EHRs Default to Generic Medication Options

November 21, 2014
Physicians will prescribe fewer brand name drugs and can curb health spending when an electronic health record (EHR) defaults to show the generics first, according to a research study.

CMS Creates Chief Data Officer Position

November 21, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) to oversee improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to be more transparent.

Premier, Johns Hopkins Announce Analytics-Focused Collaboration

November 20, 2014
Premier Inc., a purchasing organization of hospitals and health systems based in Charlotte, has announced a joint effort with Johns Hopkins Medicine on performance improvement analytics and services.

Another CommonWell Health Member to Offer Services for Free

November 20, 2014
CommonWell Health Alliance, an industry trade association comprised of large electronic health record (EHR) vendors and other health IT vendors, is pushing forth with efforts to expand its spectrum, while adding new members.

Truman Medical Centers Recognized for HIT Excellence

November 20, 2014
The Kansas City, Mo.-based Truman Medical Centers has won two awards from the health IT community for using information technology to improve care.

Join Us: Healthcare Informatics and Advisory Board to Host Accountable Care Twitter Chat

November 20, 2014
Accountable care organizations will be the subject and the Bill Lynagh, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Crimson at The Advisory Board Company will be the co-host of the second tweet chat from Healthcare Informatics. The Tweet chat will take place on November 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm EST.

ICD-10 Coalition Tells Congress “No More Delays”

November 19, 2014
The Coalition for ICD-10, a broad-based healthcare industry advocacy group, has sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them not to delay the ICD-10 implementation date again.

Emdeon to Acquire Change Healthcare

November 19, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.-based Emdeon Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Change Healthcare, which provides healthcare consumer engagement and cost transparency solutions. The company says the acquisition will enable it to combine cost and quality information with consumer behavioral insights.

Siemens CEO Glaser Will Join Cerner Upon Merger Completion

November 19, 2014
Upon Cerner's acquisition of Siemens Health Services in 2015, existing Siemens CEO John Glaser announced in a Nov. 17 blog post that he will join Cerner as a as a senior vice president.

Colorado's Health Technology REC Program Reaches EHR Goals

November 19, 2014
The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has announced today that the Colorado Regional Extension Center program completed its goal of helping 2,295 primary care providers and 33 rural and critical access hospitals adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHR) technology.

Survey: Clinicians Increasingly Comfortable with Digital Health

November 18, 2014
A recently released survey of clinicians reveals that more and more are accepting of digital health devices and concepts to bring them closer to patients.

Partners Healthcare, EMC, Announce New Data Analytics Platform

November 18, 2014
The Boston, Mass.-based Partners HealthCare and the Hopkinton, Mass.-based vendor EMC Corporation have jointly developed a data analytics platform designed to speed clinically relevant research developed across the Partners system into the clinical setting.

Automated Reminders Improve Medication Adherence and Cholesterol Control

November 17, 2014
People who received automated reminders were more likely to refill their blood pressure and cholesterol medications, according to a study published today in a special issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Organizations Collaborate for EHR/HIE Connectivity

November 17, 2014
The EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup (IWG) has formed a strategic relationship with HIMSS and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA to streamline the process for achieving connectivity between EHR and HIE systems.
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