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CIO Survey: EHRs are Still Slow, Time-Consuming

October 30, 2014
Despite significant progress in electronic health record (EHR) adoption, the road is still paved with pitfalls for many providers, according to new analysis from research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Study: ACOs Improve the Patient Experience

October 30, 2014
Accountable care organizations (ACO) have come under the white hot of light of scrutiny as of late but a recent study indicates they are improving patient satisfaction.

CCHIT is Shutting Down

October 29, 2014
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), a Chicago-based nonprofit, is shutting down operations after 10 years in service.

IBM and Cleveland Clinic Use Watson to Advance Genomic Research for Cancer Care Pilot

October 29, 2014
IBM today announced an initiative to accelerate the adoption of genomic based medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic will use IBM Watson technology in the area of genomic research to help oncologists deliver personalized medicine by uncovering new cancer treatment options for patients.

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

October 29, 2014
Accountable care organizations will be the subject and the Advisory Board’s Carrie Kozlowski 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.

ONC: DeSalvo Will Maintain Leadership at Agency, Focus on Ebola

October 29, 2014
Despite stepping away from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to be part of the Ebola response team, Karen DeSalvo, M.D. will maintain her leadership at the agency, according to an ONC blog post on Tuesday afternoon.

AMA Launches Interactive Tool Aimed at Helping Healthcare Providers Pinpoint Underserved Patient Care Areas

October 28, 2014
The American Medical Association (AMA) today has introduced what it maintains is a first-of-its-kind resource aimed at helping physicians and other health care providers improve patient access to care.

Optum to Buy Alere Health for $600 Million

October 28, 2014
Optum has made a big move into population health management, with the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based clinical analytics firm announcing a $600 million acquisition of the Waltham, Mass.-based Alere Health.

UCSF Researchers Log 2.5M Patient Alarms in One Month

October 28, 2014
With the goal to define the detailed causes as well as potential solutions for the widespread issue of alarm fatigue in hospitals, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) studied 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in just one month.

Survey: Patient Portal Usage Growing Despite Reservations

October 28, 2014
A new survey of hospital and healthcare IT executives reveals that adoption of patient portals is growing even if they aren’t sold on the benefits of these engagement efforts.

MGMA Research: Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Programs Detract From Patient Care

October 27, 2014
Although physician group practices are actively engaged in internal processes to improve clinical quality for their patients, they are heavily critical of Medicare’s physician quality reporting programs and their impact on patients and practices, according to new research from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

DeSalvo, Reider Departures Concern Association

October 27, 2014
In a statement, Robert M. Wah, M.D., the President of the American Medical Association (AMA) expressed concern over the recent departures of the top two people at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

AMA Urges CMS to Better Align MU, Other Federal Programs

October 27, 2014
The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to align federal regulations such as the meaningful use program, the physician quality reporting system (PQRS), and the value-based modifier program (VBM).

CHIME Launches Two Healthcare Technology Organizations

October 24, 2014
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has launched of two new organizations to serve the education and professional development needs of healthcare executives in senior technology and application roles.

Cerner Expects Siemens Deal to Close in 2015

October 24, 2014
On an earnings call this week, Kansas City-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, Cerner said it expects its deal with Siemens to close in early 2015.
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