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Did Early Interoperability Focus Help Cerner Beat Epic at DOD?

July 29, 2015 - The Department of Defense has made what many industry hawks might consider a surprising move.  Today, DOD officials announced that the Pentagon has awarded its $9 billion EHR modernization contract to Leidos Health Solutions Group, the leader of the bid, as well as its partners, Cerner Corporation and Accenture Federal Services.   The bidding, which started in August 2014...


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Mobile EHR Use Meets Care Coordination Needs, Black Book Says

Mobile EHR use is on the rise, says the latest Black Book Research provider poll, as clinicians seek more efficient, immediate ways to access patient information from a variety of settings.  Expanded access to EHR data that is optimized...

Patient Engagement Key to Being Named a “Most Wired” Hospital

Patient engagement is the name of the game for the majority of top healthcare organizations named to the “Most Wired” Hospital list in 2015.  Using EHRs and patient portals to support chronic disease management and care coordination,...

Health Data Interoperability Requires Patience, Persistence

“Patience is a virtue,” says an old proverb, but it’s a trait rarely found in the healthcare industry, where the breakneck pace of technology development, accelerating meaningful use requirements, and rapid reimbursement changes...

Texas Governor Signs EHR Interoperability, HIE Legislation

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed legislation that will ensure the state’s future health IT efforts will focus on EHR interoperability and health information exchange (HIE).  HB 2641, also known as “Ken’s Bill”...

Penn. Doles Out $674K Grants for Health Information Exchange

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority is encouraging the addition of new members to its health information exchange “network of networks” by providing more than $674 thousand in grant money to onboard two major clients: HealthShare...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Lag in HIT Care Coordination

One of the fundamental building blocks of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is the importance of keeping a close eye on care coordination as patients move between the primary care setting and the hospital, emergency department, or specialist’s...

DCCA Wins $24M Meaningful Use Big Data Repository Contract

Data Computer Corporation of America (DCCA) will support the underlying big data infrastructure for the EHR Incentive Programs after being awarded a contract worth up to $24 million, the company reports.  The National Level Repository (NLR)...

Healthcare Internet of Things Driving Global Market Growth

Whether the healthcare industry is truly aware of it or not, its strong interest in developing and acquiring patient engagement, remote monitoring, chronic disease management, and communication technologies is really working towards cultivating...

Can Providers Overcome Vendor Inattention to EHR Usability?

As every provider that has gone through the EHR implementation process is keenly aware, not all electronic health records are created equal.  For many healthcare organizations, especially those that rushed to secure the most possible meaningful...

MA Grants Fund Health Information Exchange, Care Coordination

Healthcare organizations in Massachusetts looking to improve their care coordination capabilities through the development of improved health information exchange infrastructure will have an opportunity to receive up to half a million dollars...

86% of Providers Aim for Integrated EHR, Practice Management

EHR replacement continues to be a major force in the health IT market, finds Black Book Rankings in its latest industry survey, as providers attempt to retool their infrastructure to meet the data-heavy demands of value-based reimbursement and...

Does Stage 3 Adequately Address Health Data Interoperability?

The American Medical Association (AMA) is taking issue with the future of the EHR Incentive Programs and the impending finalization of the Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rule.  In a letter to CMS and ONC executives, the AMA voices its concerns...

Are There Financial Benefits to Health Information Exchange?

It is difficult to argue with the notion that health information exchange, in general, is a good idea.  The more data a provider has at her fingertips, the more informed, accurate, and timely her diagnoses and treatments can be. ...

Interoperability, Low Costs Make Cloud-Based EHRs a Favorite

Increased opportunities for health data interoperability, better population health management features, smoother workflows, and lower costs are driving providers towards cloud-based electronic health record systems, says Black Book Rankings in...

Healthcare Big Data Analytics Adoption Rises by 6% Since 2013

The adoption of clinical analytics and business intelligence (C&BI) infrastructure is on the rise as healthcare organizations start to see the value of investing in big data analytics, according to a new issue brief by HIMSS Analytics. ...

Real-Time Data Analytics Help Self-Insured System Cut Costs

Hospitals and health systems looking to reduce unnecessary spending by improving population health management have a difficult enough time getting any of their patients to adhere to chronic disease management programs, adopt healthier behaviors,...

Surescripts Ups Patient Safety, Savings with Interoperability

Patient safety is up and the costs of poor care coordination are down as providers increase their use of e-prescribing, health information exchange, and medication reconciliation tools, says a new progress report by Surescripts.  Hospitals...

Managing Population Health with the All-Payer Claims Database

While population health management often seems like the job of primary care providers concerned with a relatively small and local set of patients in need of reminder calls and flu shots, individual providers aren’t the only ones digging...

Is Maintaining the Patient-Centered Medical Home Worth It?

Healthcare providers faced with a quicksand landscape of labor-intensive mandates, changing reimbursements, shrinking revenues, and dammed up data streams have successfully turned to practice improvement frameworks like the patient-centered medical...

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