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Clinical optimization: Liberating the data from EHRs

When then-President George W. Bush called for “computerizing health records” in 2004, only one in 10 U.S. hospitals had an electronic health record. Ten years later, thanks in large part to the HITECH Act, the EHR adoption rate had risen ...

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Trump administration's VA Secretary pick Ronny Jackson withdraws

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson meets with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in his office on Capitol Hill April 16. Credit: Mark Wilson, Getty Images White House Physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, MD, withdrew his nomination to be Department of V...

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Senate finds telemedicine is crucial to opioid epidemic fight

GlobalMed's telemedicine tool at a workplace clinic. Credit: YouTube The Senate HELP committee passed the Opioid Crisis Act of 2018, which, among other provisions, outlines the importance of telemedicine use in the country’s fight ...

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VA's EHR modernization gets $1.2 billion in House funding bill

The House Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs voted to fund the VA’s planned EHR modernization project with $1.2 billion for fiscal year 2019 -- and laid down clear direction that VA must adopt the same EHR as...

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Promoting interoperability: What hospitals are saying about new CMS rule revamping meaningful use

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late Tuesday announced substantive changes to the meaningful use program and while hospitals appreciate one of them, two others are drawing less enthusiasm.  Specifically, CMS is aiming to reduce re...

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Population health program leverages social determinant data with help of regional HIE

Prince George's County Health Department in Cheverly, Maryland. Credit: Google Maps In 2013, Earnest Carter, MD, deputy health officer of Maryland's Prince George's County Health Department, sought and received grant funding to improv...

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VA EHR modernization gets $1.2 billion in House funding bill

The House Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs voted to fund the VA’s planned EHR modernization project with $1.2 billion for fiscal year 2019 -- and laid down clear direction that VA must adopt the same EHR as...

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Mayo Clinic's Epic EHR go-live: A look at major milestones leading up to big switch

Mayo Clinic is just days away from rolling out Epic’s EHR at its Rochester, Minnesota, headquarters.  The May 5 go-live will advance an enterprise implementation that is estimated to cost $1.5 billion and began when Mayo and Epic started c...

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Data from 2,300 providers breached by medical transcriptionist service

Kansas-based MEDantex breached the patient data from at least 2,300 providers after leaving a portion of its site open to the internet, according to security researcher Brian Krebs.  The medical transcription service vendor took down its custome...

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DoD seeking metadata management vendor to help with MHS Genesis

The Veteran Affair's electronic health record upgrade may still be on pause, but the Defense Department's Cerner migration is well underway. And the Defense Health Agency is now seeking information about ways it might best manage and migrate ...

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Putting predictive analytics and medical device data to work reducing a common physician alert by 99%

Credit: Google Maps Can predictive analytics, fueled by real-time medical device data, accurately identify patients at-risk for post-op respiratory depression without inducing alarm fatigue in clinicians?  That was the question Virtua Memori...

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What Lyft and Uber are really bringing to hospitals

Earlier this month, I received an interesting email. It was from an organization offering comment on the new Medicare Advantage rules. These emails are not unusual. Medical associations, provider organizations, policy think tanks, IT vendors and othe...

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