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IDC Report: Providers’ IT Budgets are Growing in Post-EHR Era

February 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While 40 percent of healthcare providers reported that their IT budgets are still growing, only 25 percent that reported growing budgets attribute growth to electronic health records (EHRs), providing evidence that the post-EHR era is upon us, according to a new...

CMS Issues Guidance on MU Hardship Exemption Process, Extends Comment Period on Quality Reporting

February 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exemption process, specifically clarifying that providers are not required to submit documentation with the new...

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winner—Indiana Health Information Exchange

February 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In Indiana, the Indiana Health Information Exchange is building a model that has potential to blaze the trail for other HIEs across the U.S.

Live from iHT2-Miami: Getting Beyond the Buzzword: Is Progress Being Made on Interoperability?

February 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Miami, sponsored by iHT2, Monday morning panelists discussed the tangle of issues facing the push towards true interoperability in U.S. healthcare

EHNAC, NH-ISAC Sign Memorandum to Support Cybersecurity Initiatives

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Health...

CIOs Convene: Healthcare Leaders Discuss the Biggest IT Challenges Facing their Organizations in the Year Ahead (Part 1)

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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This past September, eight CIOs from some of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations convened at the annual Scottsdale Institute Fall CIO Summit in Arizona to discuss the most important IT-related challenges their health systems are facing.

Washington Debrief: Senate Committee Releases Bipartisan Health IT Legislation

January 25, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The 68-page draft bill released by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee featured references to key CHIME issues including: patient matching, standards harmonization and reducing the administrative burdens caused by electronic...

U.S. Ambulatory EHR Market Projected to Grow 30 Percent by 2020

January 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The hospital electronic health record (EHR) market is mature, but there is still potential growth for the ambulatory EHR market, particularly as ambulatory providers increasing adopt health IT due to meaningful use (MU) incentives and in response to ongoing...

CMS Releases New Application Process for MU Hardship Exemptions

January 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new, streamlined hardship application process for providers who feel they should be exempt from financial penalties for failing to meet requirements of the meaningful use program.

Senate HELP Committee Releases Draft Bill to Improve Health IT

January 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has released for comment draft legislation aimed at making electronic health records (EHRs) more interoperable.

Consultants Weigh In: The Biggest Health IT Trends to Watch For in 2016

January 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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2016 already is shaping up to be a very interesting year for healthcare leaders and the health IT landscape. Harold (Hal) Wolf and Daniel Herman with The Chartis Group, a Chicago-based consulting firm, share their perspectives about the health IT trends and...

Study: Significant Meaningful Use Variations Exist Among Rural Providers

January 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While rural hospitals and physicians have adopted health IT at the same, or greater, rates as their urban counterparts, meaningful use attestation varies considerably among rural providers, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.
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