athenahealth, Epic and Medfusion Tops for Driving Patient Portal Adoption

KLAS Report Highlights Population Health Management Early Leaders

A recent KLAS report finds vendors athenahealth, Epic and Medfusion are the most effective at helping their customers drive patient portal adoption. The recent KLAS report entitled Patient Portals 2015: Adoption beyond Meaningful Use reveals all three vendors having over half of their customers report that at least 20% of patients have accessed the portal--a number well beyond the meaningful use bar of 5%. For the report, KLAS interviewed 186 healthcare provider organizations to determine
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CareCloud Raises Another $15M, Appoints New CEO

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  Cloud-based practice management EHR provider CareCloud has raised $15M in additional funding from its investors to help accelerate product innovation and operations. Additionally, the company has appointed Ken Comée, a proven leader of enterprise cloud technology businesses, as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Albert Santalo who will remain at CareCloud as Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. During the past three years, Comée has served as a Board member and
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Meaningful Use Stage 3: 8 Key Questions for Physicians

10 Mandatory Issues for Physicians to Watch in 2015

This post is sponsored by Revenue XL By now, most physicians know about Meaningful Use (MU)—the government program that provides incentive payments to eligible providers that meet specific criteria when implementing certified electronic health records (EHR). Providers currently meet either Stage 1 or Stage 2 criteria, depending on their implementation timeline. However, on March 20, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for Stage
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Mount Sinai Health Selects InterSystems HealthShare

Mount Sinai Health System Launches Telehealth Initiatives

 Mount Sinai Health System, an acclaimed integrated health system, has selected InterSystems HealthShare as its interoperability platform for long-term growth.  The HealthShare platform will also support Mount Sinai’s objectives to participate in government programs and value-based contracts to improve care quality, availability, and efficiency. Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated healthcare system providing exceptional medical care to local and global communities. Encompassing the
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CMS Commits $3B to Upgrade Medicaid-Enrollment Systems

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to spend $3 billion dollars between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2025 to help states upgrade and maintain their Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems, Modern Healthcare first reports. The increase stems from CMS permanently raising the matching rate to 90% from 50% for money that states spend on building Medicaid eligibility & enrollment systems, and from 50% to 75% for maintenance and operations of those systems. All
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Xerox Wins $565M NY Medicaid Management Contract

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Xerox will work with the state of New York to upgrade its Medicaid claims processing system to a next-generation technology platform that will help manage expanding Medicaid rolls, the company announced on Monday. Under a $564.9 million, five-year contract with the New York State Department of Health, Xerox will implement its Health Enterprise solution, a flexible, adaptable and analytical Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). The system is one of the only platforms that can manage all
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Want a Connected Healthcare System? You Are the Missing Key

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 Editor's Note: John H. Hammergren is chairman, president and chief executive officer of McKesson Corporation. How often do we visit the doctor’s office and think, “This again?” when handed a long medical form to fill out? Don’t we all wonder why our medical information can’t be automatically transferred from our primary care physician to the specialist? Or to the hospital or outpatient surgery center?  The answer is this: we don’t currently have a national network of connectivity that
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Cerner Integrates EHR & Engagement Platform with Healthwise Patient Education Resources

Cerner Acquires Siemens Health IT Business for $1.3B

This week, Healthwise and Cerner announce an agreement to integrate Cerner's EHR and online engagement platform HealtheLife(SM) with Healthwise's patient education resources. Together, the integration will gives individuals access to evidence-based health education across the continuum of home, work, or care settings. Individuals can now expect to receive consistent educational content through Cerner's integrated member engagement solutions, including Cerner's online health and wellness
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Report: Healthcare Interoperability Gets Failing Grade

Healthcare IT Interoperability Gets Failing Grade

A national physician survey of nearly 3,000 physicians who use the Epocrates medical reference app reveal that 95% of physicians have experienced a delay or difficulty delivering medical care because patients’ health records were not easily accessible or shared. The Epocrates study, prepared by athenahealth finds only 14% of physicians can actually access electronic health information across all care settings. Given the nearly unanimous frustration over the lack of helathcare
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Population Health: New Era Requires Focus on Emergent-Risk

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Today’s population health strategies currently used by health plans and employer groups are missing the mark when it comes to directly affecting healthcare’s number one health challenge: arresting the trajectory of compounding chronic conditions. The 25-35% of the U.S. adult population fall within the category of those with one or more pre-chronic or early-stage chronic conditions who, if not treated with the right solutions, can quickly become patients with multiple chronic conditions who will
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