During the challenging economy in 2008 EMR sales reached a seven-year low, but purchases nearly doubled in 2009 reflecting the increased attention EMR systems have received since the stimulus announcement, according to a report from Orem, Utah-based healthcare technology research firm KLAS.
The KLAS report, "CIS Purchase Decisions: Riding the ARRA Wave," details the wins and losses of acute care electronic medical record (EMR) vendors at large hospitals with more than 200 beds in the U.S. and Canada and reflects data collected from more than 1,600 hospitals with more than 200 beds.
Three prominent provider concerns emerged in the research regarding CIS decisions: integration, clinical adoption, and reliability. Organizations not only want a truly integrated system that clinicians will actually use; they want a vendor that can be a consistent and reliable partner in their efforts to reach meaningful use. KLAS notes that nearly 70 percent of the new 2009 hospital purchases were from EHR vendors Epic (Verona, Wis.) or Cerner (Kansas, City).
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.
Healthcare organizations are once again urging U.S. Senate and House leaders to protect the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from more budget cuts for 2017.
Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has announced two pilot demonstrations with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to determine how patient-generated health data can be used by care teams and researchers.
Several researchers from the University of Pennsylvania addressed the ethics of behavioral health IT as it relates to “frequent flyer” icons and the potential for implicit bias in an article published in JAMA.
St. Joseph Health (SJH) has agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA privacy and security rules following reports that files containing sensitive health data were publicly accessible through Internet search engines from 2011 to 2012.