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The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute to get a new clinical learning platform into medical schools, so students can gain experience with electronic health records (EHR) before beginning their residency. 

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has acquired the conference component of Health 2.0, focused on start-up digital technologies in healthcare.

If the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decides to ditch its in-house electronic health record (EHR) system for a commercial product, Cerner would be the best vendor candidate, according to a report from Black Book.

San Mateo County Health System in California may be adjacent to the technology hotbed of Silicon Valley, but you’d be wrong to assume it’s on the cutting edge of health IT. Instead, it has what the system’s chief information officer called a “spaghetti conundrum.”

The next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be Donald Rucker, MD, a choice the industry was quick to praise once word of the pick leaked on March 31 due to an updated listing in the HHS employee directory.

 

Recent Headlines

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GAO report examines Healthcare.gov issues

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Senators criticize interoperability roadmap

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AMA, other physician groups express ICD-10 concerns

The American Medical Association and 99 other physician organizations sent a letter on March 4 to acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Andrew Slavitt expressing their concerns with the transition to ICD-10.

Interoperability of HIEs still lacking

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CMS videos explain ICD-10

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Survey examines revenue cycle management for medical practices

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Google, Mayo Clinic forge partnership

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