Breaking into the Health IT Industry: The 2016 Unofficial Guide

Healthcare Breach Report 2016

  Editor's Note: Cherie Lester is a Senior Healthcare IT Recruiter with Holland Square Group , a provider of technology and healthcare IT consulting, strategic staffing, outsourcing and professional search solutions. Lester has over 15 years of recruitment experience in the health IT industry and writes regularly about the job search and application process for HCIT professionals on her site, EngageMeHIT. Follow her on Twitter at @EngageMeHIT.  I receive multiple calls and
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HIMSS, eClinicalWorks, Modernizing Medicine, Others Join CommonWell Health Alliance

CommonWell Health Alliance Expands Interoperability Services with Tenet Health

CommonWell Health Alliance today announced seven new members are joining its effort to enhance nationwide health data exchange regardless of health IT vendor, geography or setting of care. These new members augment the reach of CommonWell Services in the ambulatory market, increase its membership representation for provider-engagement, imaging and EMS solutions, as well as expand into the direct-to-consumer arena. Here is a look at the seven new members: eClinicalWorks joins CommonWell as
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Skagit Regional Health to Spend $72M on Epic EHR Implementation

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Skagit Regional Health, a Northwest Washington-based provider of healthcare services has selected Epic as its strategic partner for a single, integrated EHR  across its continuum of care, including Skagit Valley Hospital, Skagit Regional Clinics, Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center and Skagit Valley Kidney Center.  The Epic EHR implementation is expected to cost $72M over the next five years that will improve system interoperability, connectivity with patients, access to
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Cerner Launches Open Developer Platform for Smart on FHIR Apps

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To help accelerate an open community of healthcare innovation, EHR giant Cerner has launched the Cerner Open Developer Experience (code_)to enhance collaboration with third-party and client developers on SMART® on FHIR® applications.  code_ is a digital experience designed to meet market expectations of open communications, robust API documentation, provide clearly defined guidelines and access to tools that enable innovative app development. How It Works Any developer can visit the new
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FDB Releases CPOE-Ready Drug Database for EHR Canadian Market

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First Databank, a provider of clinical drug knowledge that helps improve medication-related decisions and patient outcomes has released FDB OrderKnowledge®Canada, a pre-built medication ordering drug knowledge base specifically designed to help make computerized provider order entry (CPOE) applications more intuitive and user-friendly. Although there has been significant federal investment since 2001 to spur EHR adoption across Canada, deployment of CPOE applications is still relatively low.
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Patient Engagement Company Premise Health Acquires IMWell Health

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Brentwood, TN-based Premise Health, a worksite health and patient engagement company has acquired IMWell Health, a Fort Smith, Arkansas-based company that specializes in primary care clinics for mid-size companies and municipalities. The acquisition will help accelerate Premise Health's strategic expansion to improve the cost and quality of employer health care. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Spun out of the merger of CHS Health Services and Take Care Employer
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Senate Health Committee Passes Bill to Improve Health IT

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Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that the Senate health committee has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that will improve health information technology. The Improving Health Information Technology Act (S. 2511) is the product of a bipartisan, full committee health information technology working group announced by Alexander and Murray in April—as well as a series of six bipartisan hearings in the committee. The committee
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MercyRockford Health Selects Premier for Supply Chain

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MercyRockford Health System, a vertically-integrated regional health system with five hospitals and 561 W-2 employed physician partners in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, has partnered with Premier, Inc., a healthcare improvement company, for group purchasing and expense reduction services on a system-wide basis. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Formed in January 2015 through the merger of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System, MercyRockford also operates
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Can A National Patient Identifier Solve Interoperability Challenges?

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Editor's Note: Thomas Grove is a Principal of Consulting and Compliance Services at Phoenix Health Systems, a division of Medsphere Systems. As a healthcare management executive with 20+ years of experience, Thomas has extensive expertise in strategic assessments and planning, revenue cycle management, and process improvement. Many EHR components were developed as early as 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the federal Meaningful Use incentive program precipitated wide-spread
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3 Ways Care Teams are Transforming Healthcare Delivery

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When it comes to the changing health status of patients after acute episodes and between visits, uncertainty abounds. Until now, care teams have had little to no visibility into the health of their populations, severely limiting their ability to prevent adverse health events before costs spiral.  This week, care management and patient engagement platform RoundingWell released initial insights uncovered from analysis of data gathered directly from patient populations and care teams using the
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