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ONC’s Andrew Gettinger: ‘There probably is under-reporting’ on EHRs causing patient harm

In an interview posted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Andrew Gettinger, MD, the chief medical information officer for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), said he believes there are more electronic health record-related safety problems then recent studies have found.

IBM Watson failing to delivering on cancer care promises

IBM’s artificial intelligence platform Watson was touted as a revolutionary tool for diagnosing and treating cancer. So far, Watson for Oncology has failed to deliver on those claims, struggling to learn about different types of cancer and only making recommendations based on training by its human operators, not its own insights.

Health IT systems worked as intended during Hurricane Harvey

The 2009 HITECH Act was conceived, in part, when paper medical records were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The electronic health records and technology implemented since did their job in Houston as the city endured massive flooding due to Hurricane Harvey.

Rural hospitals less likely to adopt comprehensive EHRs

Though most hospitals, even in rural areas, have now adopted electronic health records (EHRs), a “digital divide” is growing between larger hospitals and critical access facilities in rural areas.

Kaiser fined for failing to provide Medicaid data

Kaiser Permanente is being fined $2.2 million by the state of California for not submitting data on patient care to Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program.

ONC cuts would be reversed under new amendment

President Donald Trump proposed cutting $22 million from the budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in fiscal year 2018. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada, has introduced an amendment to keep the agency’s funding at its 2017 level.

VA being sued over awarding EHR contract to Cerner

Electronic health records provider CliniComp is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over its decision to select Cerner to replace its in-house EHR system without allowing for a competitive bidding process.

AHIMA 2017 preview: ‘We’ve taken it up a notch this year’

The activities and discussions at this year’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference will go beyond fundamentals, according to the group’s vice president of health information management (HIM) practice excellence, Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS.

HITECH ACT boosted EHR adoption in hospitals

A study published in Health Affairs tried to judge the effectiveness of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 in getting more hospitals to implement electronic health record (EHR) systems. According to Julia Adler-Milstein, an associate professor at the University of Michigan, and her coauthors, it succeeded.

American Telemedicine Association CEO abruptly steps down

Jonathan Linkous has resigned as CEO of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the group announced on Aug. 7, after leading the organization since it was founded in 1993.