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Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced it will pay $1.9 billion to acquire Flatiron Health, a startup founded by two former Google employees focusing on oncology-based electronic health record (EHR) software.

A federal judge in Florida has tossed out a lawsuit against Epic Systems, saying the plaintiff “parroted” the language of the False Claims Act without offering support for her claim that the company’s billing system software double-billed Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services.

For the eighth consecutive year, Epic was named the top software suite in the 2018 edition of the Best of KLAS: Software & Services Report, while Optimum Healthcare IT won the award for top overall IT services firm for the second year in a row.

While physicians have often blamed the meaningful use (MU) program for worsening their administrative burden and taking time away from patients, family physicians did believe more than half of the MU criteria was useful.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor Allscripts may have restored service after being targeted by a ransomware attack, but now faces a class action lawsuit alleging it left clients vulnerable to hackers.


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Meaningful Use hardship exemption deadline passes without extension

The Meaningful Use attestation hardship exemption deadline passed on July 1 without any moves by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend the date for when eligible providers can file for an exemption, despite the pleas of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

CSC, Allscripts and HP Join to Battle Epic-IBM for multi-billion-dollar government contract

Falls Church, Virgina-based health information technology (IT) company CSC has announced that it will team with electronic health record (EHR) developer Allscripts and technology giant HP to make a grab for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) contract that may end up being worth billions.

Sutter Health launches its own health information exchange

The leading Northern California non-profit health system Sutter Health has announced that over the summer, it will begin deploying a health information exchange (HIE) system aimed at eventually allowing its doctors and hospitals to securely share clinical information with other providers, both inside and outside its network of care.

HHS attorney predicts big year for HIPAA fines

Jerome Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), told attendees at last week’s annual American Bar Association conference in Chicago that he expects that over the next 12 months, the administration will collect even more in fines for violations of the privacy protections in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act than the roughly $10 million it collected in the past 12 months.

7 steps to determine the right amount to spend on IT

“How much should we spend on IT?” I have been asked this seemingly simple question for more than 30 years. The answer has always been the same. It depends on what you want to get back.

AMA issues policy recommendations for telemedicine and EHRs

Outside a select number of health IT physician experts who have advised government bodies and companies developing telemedicine and electronic health record (EHR) products, most physicians have been in a reactionary mode as health IT has advanced. At the 2014 American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting, the members approved two sets of recommendations that seek to take back some of the health IT leadership role they ceded in the years watching from the sidelines.

Telemedicine stakeholders urge Burwell to change policies that stifle innovation

Outdated government policies are holding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) back from making better use of technology to lower cost while simultaneously improving care say no less than 70 individual companies, institutions and groups in three separate letters sent to incoming U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

ONC releases 10-year plan for HIT interoperability.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator (ONC) has taken the brunt of criticism by health information technology (HIT) stakeholders, legislators and industry experts as to why, with millions in taxpayer dollars spent on incentives to encourage the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), better HIT is still not saving the nation much money.

Healthcare execs put HIT first on list of what they plan to spend money on in 2014

Move over MRs and CTs, surgical robots and new facilities. According to Premier Inc.’s spring 2014 Economic Outlook C-suite survey, this year’s top investment priority for the healthcare C-suite crowd is healthcare information technology (HIT).

CMS says first test of ICD-10 claim acceptance is a success

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), it was able to accept nearly all of the more than 127,000 ICD-10 test claims submitted by approximately 2,600 providers, suppliers, billing companies and claims clearinghouses who participated in its test in early March.