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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

CMS and ONC propose extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2

With only a fraction of hospitals and eligible professionals being ready to report for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs using the 2014 certified EHR technology criteria (aka, Meaningful Use Stage 2), the administration has issued a proposed policy to allow reporting using Stage 1 criteria for one more year.

ANSI wins second term as ONC-approved accreditor

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has selected the non-profit American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for a second three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for the ONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program.

Criticism of EHR incentive program grows

Meaningful Use bashing is no longer just for the healthcare providers and electronic health record (EHR) system developers. Experts who’ve been involved in the creation of the government’s EHR adoption incentive program and other industry watchers are now also calling for changes.

6 steps the government needs to take to advance telehealth

The Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation issued a report this week that highlighted important regulatory and policy changes that need to be made to fully realize the potential cost savings of telehealth services.

New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center pay largest ever HIPAA settlement

A user error that made the personal health information of 6,800 Columbia University Medical Center patients accessible on internet search engines will cost the hospital and its partner Columbia University Medical Center $4.8 million.

New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center pay largest ever HIPAA settlement

A user error that made the personal health information of 6,800 Columbia University Medical Center patients accessible on internet search engines will cost the hospital and its partner Columbia University Medical Center $4.8 million.

ONC touts progress on EHR adoption but Stage 2 meaningful use achievement is low

A May report from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) shows significant progress in hospitals adopting at least a basic electronic health record (EHR) system. However, the same week the report was released, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials revealed that, so far this year, only four hospitals have met Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.

House approves VA and Defense budget bill with HIT interoperability requirement

In what may be a signal of how serious legislators are about the need for health information technology (HIT) developers to advance interoperability in EHR systems at a faster pace, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and Defense Department appropriations bill that holds back HIT funding until progress on EHR interoperability is demonstrated.

Will new deadline set for ICD-10 stick?

The changeover to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) coding set has a new deadline, but after several such delays, uncertainty continues about the permanence of this deadline.

State medical boards issue telemedicine policy guidelines that favor video

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has updated its voluntary telemedicine policy guidelines to ensure that as communication technologies and care delivery systems evolve, patients are protected.

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