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The Allscripts-McKesson EHR Deal: Time to Consider the Broader Industry—and Policy—Context

August 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Looking at the deal announced last week in which Allscripts is acquiring McKesson’s hospital IT business, in light of broader industry and policy trends, and to ask: how might this deal figure into broader interoperability and federal healthcare IT policy trends?

BREAKING: Industry Analysts React as Allscripts Pays $185 Million for McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions

August 3, 2017  |  David Raths and Rajiv Leventhal
article
Chicago-based Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced it has agreed to pay approximately $185 million in cash to acquire McKesson’s (NYSE:MCK) hospital and health system IT business, Enterprise Information Solutions.

Study Finds Near Universal EHR Adoption at Hospital-Owned Practices

August 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems at outpatient practices has been accelerating, with the hospital-owned outpatient market showing near universal adoption.

Without Transformational Investments in Data Security, Healthcare Will Continue to be Vulnerable

August 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
commentary
Ongoing data breaches should be a call-to-action for healthcare organizations to increase data security, but many cybersecurity experts contend that call-to-action may be falling on deaf ears at the senior leadership and board level at patient care organizations.

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes 90-Day MU Reporting Period, Pushes Back Stage 3 Mandate

August 3, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that affirms a 90-day reporting for hospitals attesting to the meaningful use program in 2018.

KLAS Survey: eClinicalWorks Loses Favor Among Customers Following DOJ Settlement

July 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Nearly two-thirds of eClinicalWorks’ customers (66 percent) say that their opinion of the electronic health record (EHR) vendor has worsened since the vendor agreed to a $155 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve False Claims Act...

Report: EHR Installs Carry Significant Financial Risks for Hospitals

July 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Implementing new electronic medical record (EMR) systems carries tremendous financial risk and hospitals run the risk of incurring operating losses, lower patient volumes and receivables write-offs if there are problems with adoption of a new EMR system,...

Are Healthcare IT Security Leaders Still Underestimating Cybersecurity Risks?

July 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
A recent survey of healthcare IT security leaders indicates the industry’s level of readiness to defend against concerted cyber attacks has improved. However, despite the rising threats, investments in information security have actually declined since 2015.

Is Your Health System Prepared for Consumerism?

July 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
Many health system executive leaders see consumerism as a key to growth, and robust data and analytics will play a critical role.

Large Senior Living Providers Outperforming Smaller Providers in EHR Adoption

July 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Eighty percent of the nation’s largest 150 nonprofit senior living providers have adopted electronic medical record/electronic health record (EHR/EMR) systems, and nearly 30 percent are in the upper tiers of EHR adoption, according to the findings from two recent...

MEDITECH to Soon Offer CommonWell Health Alliance Services to Customers

July 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
MEDITECH, a Westwood, Mass.-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, has announced that it is set to offer CommonWell interoperability services early next year.

Survey: IT Expenses per Physician Continue to Rise to Nearly $19,000

July 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Information technology (IT) expenses for physician practices are on a slow and steady rise for most practices, and last year, physician-owned practices spent between nearly $2,000 to $4,000 more per FTE physician on IT operating expenses than they did the prior...

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