DoD Now Accepting Bids for $11B EHR Modernization Project

EHR Modernization Project_IBM Partners with Epic to Bid on DoD HIM Contract

On Monday, the Department of Defense (DoD) officially issued a final solicitation of bids for a $11 billion dollar EHR modernization project. Proposals are due by October 9th. The final solicitation comes after 11 months of information requests, three major drafts for proposal, and other changes As part of the project, the DoD will replace the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, or AHLTA, Composite Health Care System and Various EHR components, including AHLTA-Theater.
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2014 Best in KLAS: Medical Equipment and Infrastructure Awards

Best in KLAS 2014

Yesterday, KLAS announced their "2014 Best in KLAS" awards for the top-performing vendor solutions in medical equipment and infrastructure. The report provides a summary of the KLAS performance rating gathered over the past 12 months for medical equipment and infrastrcture vendors in 23 segments. Each segment includes a listing of vendor products ranked according to their KLAS performance scores, which have been compiled from the feedback of thousands of healthcare providers at physicians
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Specialty Topic: The True Cost of EHR Downtime

As hospitals and offices transition from paper records to electronic records, one important, often overlooked consideration that organizations need to ensure is adequate system uptime. Very few organizations realize the true cost of a system outage – for example just 15 minutes of downtime for a 5 provider practice can cost over $500. In an effort to raise awareness to this problem, Stratus Technologies has created an infographic outlining the costs of EHR downtime.
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CMS Proposes MU Attestation for Clinical Quality Measures in 2012

Hospitals, critical access hospitals and eligible professionals may continue to report clinical quality measures for meaningful use via attestation in 2012, just as they must do in 2011, according to two proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Also, just like 2011, the measures must be calculated using meaningful use-certified electronic health records.The provision, with varying language, is in separate proposed rules setting Medicare's hospital outpatient
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Toolkits: eHI Releases Updated Health Information Exchange Toolkit

The eHealth Initiative recently released the second phase of the third generation of its Health Information Exchange (HIE) Toolkit, an online resource to empower health care leaders managing the challenges associated with developing, adopting, operating, and sustaining a health information exchange.Phase II of the new eHI Toolkit is now online and available to the public. This "primer" addresses the next steps needed for starting an HIE - creating a sustainable model, technical aspects of
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