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BREAKING NEWS: Cerner-Led Team Wins DoD EHR Contract

July 29, 2015
The winner of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) massive Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record (EHR) contract is a team headed by the Kansas-City based EHR vendor Cerner Corp., according to a report in the Washington Post.

CMS Actuaries: Slightly Higher Healthcare Inflation Is Back

July 29, 2015
After averaging a relatively low 4.0 percent between 2008 and 2013, U.S. national healthcare spending is now projected to have grown 5.5 percent, and to have reached $3.1 trillion in 2014, according to actuaries for the Medicare program, in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

MetroHealth Hits 2.5 Million Patient Records Exchanged

July 29, 2015
The Cleveland-based MetroHealth System has announced that it has reached its 2.5 millionth health information exchange (HIE) since it began exchanging records with other healthcare organizations in 2010.

As the Hours Count Down to a Possible DoD Mega-Announcement, Critics Express Skepticism

July 29, 2015
As news media reports indicated that the Department of Defense would announce its awarding of an EHR contract worth $10.5 billion late Wednesday afternoon, critics tell mainstream media reporters they are skeptical

ONC Doles Out $38M to Help with Interoperability, Population Health

July 28, 2015
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced that it is awarding $38 million in funding to 20 entities to help build on three health IT programs centered on interoperability, population health, and workforce training.

CMS Releases Q&A Guidance on ICD-10 Flexibilities

July 28, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided more clarification related to its July 6 joint announcement with the American Medical Association (AMA) regarding ICD-10 flexibilities.

American Well Set to Launch Telehealth Exchanges Online

July 27, 2015
Boston-based telehealth service provider American Well is set to launch online telehealth "exchanges," where patients can search for physicians able to provide immediate online consultations or in-office visits on short notice.

Survey: 41 Percent of Consumers Aren’t Aware of Telemedicine

July 27, 2015
A recent survey from the Dallas-based consumer health engagement company HealthMineof 1,200 consumers found that 41 percent have never heard of telemedicine.

BREAKING: Anthem to Acquire Cigna for $54.2B

July 24, 2015
After much negotiating, the Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire Cigna for $54.2 billion, the largest transaction of its type in the history of U.S. health insurance.

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Says “Information Blocking” Stands in Way of Patients, EHRs

July 23, 2015
During a hearing on the practice of “information blocking” on July 23, Senate HELP committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) spoke openly about how information blocking is an obstacle to interoperability in healthcare.

Survey: Docs Going Mobile to Access Patient Data

July 23, 2015
More than half of ambulatory practice physicians currently access patient records and/or reference data from a mobile device, according to a new survey from Black Book Market Research.

Physicians Voice EHR, MU Concerns During AMA Event

July 22, 2015
Physicians voiced their concerns about electronic health records (EHRs) and called out policymakers during a town hall meeting in Atlanta on July 20th hosted by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Research: HIEs Help Reduce Tests in Emergency Departments

July 22, 2015
New research from the Brookings Institution on health information exchange (HIE) technology has shown a significant reduction in the duplication of tests in emergency departments (EDs).

athenahealth Launches Free Texting Service

July 21, 2015
The Watertown, Mass.-based vendor athenahealth has launched a free text messaging service that is fully integrated with its cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform.

Report: Healthcare Orgs Becoming More Open to Image Sharing

July 20, 2015
Image sharing is slowly gaining wider acceptance among healthcare systems as technology continues to advance, according to a new survey from software provider peer 60.
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