Will the DoD Create Another Frankenstein EHR?

Frankenstein EHR

  Will the DoD create another Frankenstein EHR monster? Don't trick us with dead data, treat us with middleware connectivity, Dr. Donald Voltz writes.   While many children will trick or treat, the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization closes its bidding process today to replace their current EHR for active-duty personal and their families. The current system, the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA) will be replaced with a commercial system and the
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Like Scorpions, Closed EHR Systems Cause Paralysis

Closed EHR Systems_Dr.-Edmund-Billings

Take a step back from the challenges that surround health information technology (HIT) interoperability and you will recognize that market forces and a desperately fragmented health care system make hospitals and vendors act the way we do. It calls to mind the fable of the scorpion and the frog, which is worth revisiting. Wanting to cross a river, a scorpion spies a frog in the water and asks for a ride to the other side. Naturally afraid of being stung and killed, the frog hesitates, but is
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Cleveland Clinic Reveals Top 10 Medical Innovations For 2015

Top 10 Medical Innovations in 2015

Cleveland Clinic today announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015.  The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel intra-operative radiation approach for breast cancer.  The list of up-and-coming technologies and drug therapies was selected by a panel of 110 Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists and announced during Cleveland Clinic’s 2014 Medical Innovation
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36 Positive Signs of Health IT Adoption Progress

Health IT Adoption

  Earlier this month, the ONC and HHS submitted their annual report to Congress highlighting the progress and accomplishments advancing health IT adoption. Driven by the HITECH Act passed in 2009, there has been significant advancements in health IT adoption among providers.   Here are 36 positive signs of health IT adoption progress highlighted in the report:  1. In 2013, 59 percent of hospitals and 48 percent of physicians had at least a basic EHR system, respective increases of
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Optum to Acquire Alere Health for $600M

Optum to Acquire Alere Health

Optum, United Health Group Inc's health-services arm has announced it will acquire Alere Health and its subsidiaries for $600 million in cash, WSJ first reports. The acquisition will expand Optum's population health management footprint of health management services to improve care delivery. The deal will become Optum's third acquisition this year. Alere Health provides case management and wellness services used by more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 companies, and
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Landmark Rulings Protect Hospitals Against Security Data Breaches

Security Data Breaches

In two landmark cases, two of California's largest and most prestigious healthcare providers, Eisenhower Medical Center and Sutter Health, have fended off law suits following security data breaches that could have cost in aggregate billions of dollars, according to a release statement from Beazley Insurance Services.  In the first case, a $500 million class action suit against Eisenhower Medical Center, the California Court of Appeal ruled that healthcare providers are not liable under the
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Partners HealthCare CEO To Step Down in 2015

Partners HealthCare CEO

Partners HealthCare CEO Gary Gottlieb announced on Friday that he will step down next year as the chief executive officer of Partners Healthcare to become the new CEO of Boston based nonprofit Partners in Healh, BostonGlobe first reports. Gottlieb has held the job for five years and has five more years left on his contract. Gottlieb plans to remain fully in charge as CEO until his departure in July 2015 leading the Partner's pending settlement to take over South Shore Hospital in Weymouth and
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Practice Fusion Launches Mobile Optimized EHR Platform

Practice Fusion

After receiving more than 20,000 requests for a mobile optimized EHR experience, today Pratice Fusion has announced the launch of their new mobile-optimized EHR platform for the Apple iPad, iPad Mini and Android tablets. The new EHR performs faster, is more responsive, has more intuitive workflows and is built on industry-leading technologies -- all designed with the medical professional in mind. Design Details For the initial design, Practice Fusion started with a team at Cooper, a San
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M*Modal Taps Scott MacKenzie As New CEO

M*Modal Taps Scott MacKenzie As New CEO

On Thursday M*Modal, a provider clinical documentation and Speech Understanding solutions announced that former Passport Health CEO Scott MacKenzie has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and a member of M*Modal’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, M*Modal is focused on increasing the productivity of healthcare providers using a combination of technology and services to improve clinical documentation and allow physicians to focus on their patients. Scott brings more than 25
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CareCloud Launches Advanced Analytics to Medical Groups


  CareCloud, provider of cloud-based practice management, EHR, and medical billing software and services, today announces the launch of CareCloud Advanced Analytics, a powerful new analytics suite that provides industry-leading visibility into a medical group’s financial, operational, and clinical performance. CareCloud Advanced Analytics is designed to allow medical groups of all sizes to optimize business process and results. CareCloud will be showcasing its new analytics offering along with
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