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Dems blast VA on EHR modernization progress, acting CIO controversy

A group of House and Senate Democrats are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to remove its Acting CIO over controversies that stem from his role on the Trump campaign, while expressing concerns about some in the President’s inner cir...

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Sutter Health back online after 24 hours of systemwide EHR outage

Photo via Google Maps Sutter Health faced more than a day of downtime of its Epic EHR and an outage of internal communications this week after the activation of a fire suppression system in one of its data centers, officials said. All systems cur...

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Athenahealth takeover bid: Elliott Management says it might offer substantially more than $6.5 billion

Activist investment firm Elliott Associates criticized the executives and board of directors at athenahealth for not responding to the firm’s $6.5 billion offer to acquire the company a week after it was sent.  Athenahealth initially said ...

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Why EHR data interoperability is such a mess in 3 charts

The thorny matter of interoperability in healthcare, as it is or has historically been in other industries, is almost all-consuming among technology vendors and their clients.  Indeed, a big part of the problem is exactly how many EHR companies ...

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Interoperability also posing big challenges in the UK

Matthew Swindells, from NHS England, chats with Charles Alessi, MD, of HIMSS International, about how the U.K. health system is evolving in the age of technology during eHealth Week. Credit: HIMSS TV As the U.S. healthcare system continues to gra...

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A CISO's advice for securing connected medical devices

Phishing emails aimed to compromise employee credentials. Encryption used to prevent exposure of sensitive data in the event of accidental loss or theft. Ransomware, rendering hospital computers useless and access to digital medical records unavailab...

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Updated: Athenahealth takeover bid: Elliott Management says it might offer substantially more than $6.5 billion

Activist investment firm Elliott Associates criticized the executives and board of directors at athenahealth for not responding to the firm’s $6.5 billion offer to acquire the company a week after it was sent.  Athenahealth initially said ...

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Bimodal IT: Innovation in the age of EMRs

We have reached an important plateau now with the digitization of healthcare. We have adopted EMRs in nearly all hospitals, most clinics and doctor’s offices in most countries around the world. There are some debates as to how much this has imp...

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First IT-savvy med students graduate under pioneering AMA program

The first graduating classes from some of the 32 medical schools to participate in the American Medical Association's pioneering curriculum modernization initiative are now ready to take their tech savvy to hospitals and practices nationwide. Med...

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Interoperability posing big challenges in the UK too

Matthew Swindells, from NHS England, chats with Charles Alessi, MD, of HIMSS International, about how the U.K. health system is evolving in the age of technology during eHealth Week. Credit: HIMSS TV As the U.S. healthcare system continues to gra...

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Sequoia Project restructures to make eHealth Exchange, Carequality twin pillars

The Sequoia Project announced plans to implement a new corporate structure this summer that will emphasize its role as a convener for nationwide interoperability initiatives, leading to two distinct subsidiaries: eHealth Exchange and Carequality. Tog...

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Indiana psychiatric facilities to roll out Cerner EHR, revenue cycle software

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, FSSA, announced plans to roll out integrated EHR and revenue cycle management software across six state-run inpatient psychiatric facilities. FSSA is the third customer this week to sign-on ...

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