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April 23, 2015
Setting aside the bare minimum for IT can be a costly mistake, especially for small and midsize medical groups. Here are tactics for transforming your budgeting into a strategic process for the long haul.
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Massive botnet quietly harvesting 2 million vulnerable IoT devices, report says October 27, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Researchers say this virus is significantly more powerful than the Mirai botnet of 2016, which shut down Netflix, Twitter, Spotify and other major websites in October 2016.
Analysis: What's in an FDA recall? September 18, 2017 | Richard Staynings
Last week the US Food and Drug Administration took the unprecedented step of recalling a biomedical device because of concerns over its lack of cybersecurity.
3 security investments hospitals should make right now September 18, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
These are the steps infosec pros should be taking today.
As healthcare interest in threat intelligence grows, lack of expertise is limiting use September 18, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
While 86 percent of IT security professionals found threat data valuable to their security missions, only 51 are using the intelligence to handle risk, Ponemon says.
Providers and payers both win when they share population health data September 18, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Insurers provide the broader view on claims while hospitals have the deeper information on patient care through electronic medical records.
Kaiser Permanente IT workers to stage protest over patient safety September 18, 2017 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Staff accuse Kaiser of putting patients and data at risk by stalling contract negotiations.
Cybersecurity is hard, got it? But let's stop blaming hospitals for every breach September 18, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Yes, health entities need to be held responsible for protecting patient data but public shaming isn't making that happen. There's a better way forward.
Why blockchain could transform the very nature of EHRs September 18, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
By giving patients control over their data, the technology could enable better privacy protections, more efficiency and easier information exchange.
MACRA tools can do the heavy lifting, but preparation still required, experts say September 11, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
OnBase unveils new platform for increased transparency for payers September 11, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Mackinac enables easier collaboration, expedited document sharing between providers and payers, Hyland says.
While Harvey exposed health IT hurdles, some providers weathered the storm September 11, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, and likely Hurricane Irma, highlights the pressing need for healthcare EHR interoperability, but a few providers said cloud-based tech help them deliver care when many couldn't.
4 former national coordinators, a CIO and a CEO weigh in on how to fix meaningful use September 11, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
A rock star lineup of health IT pros including Karen DeSalvo, John Halamka weigh in on where the program went astray and suggest the direction that government and industry should steer towards.
HIMSS cyber report for August: New threats arise but old security vulnerabilities never die September 05, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Ropemaker, IRS and FBI phishing scams, leaked IoT creds and more arose during the month that just closed.
NQF says interoperability goes far beyond EHR-to-EHR data exchange September 05, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The National Quality Forum has released new guiding principles for a truly interoperable healthcare system.
Delaware oncology group hit by nearly month-long ransomware attack September 05, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants discovered the cyberattack on July 7, which may have breached the records of over 19,000 patients.
What to look for when hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros September 05, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
Cybersecurity is not computer science or computer engineering, it is a business discipline that requires people from all backgrounds and majors.
The doc.ai app will use natural language processing to literally converse with patients via an app.
Deloitte, PwC lead Klas rankings of global health IT consulting firms August 28, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
U.S. providers can learn from this KLAS study by seeing how well firms they could use stack up against one another when it comes to professional perception.
EHR Association weighs in on MACRA, 21st Century Cures, asks for fewer delays August 28, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Vendor representatives from Cerner, Epic and others argue that mid-course changes in direction only waste the time and money of providers and tech developers alike.
New ransomware strain targeting healthcare August 28, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The new variant, Defray, uses incredibly targeted attacks with lures that are custom-crafted to appeal to intended victims.

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Tips for maximizing IT investments April 23, 2015 | Bob Kronemyer - Contributing Writer
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Setting aside the bare minimum for IT can be a costly mistake, especially for small and midsize medical groups. Here are tactics for transforming your budgeting into a strategic process for the long haul.
Don't sit down to use your tablet March 13, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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If you use a tablet in your practice -- and do so while standing -- you may be saving yourself a pain in the neck.
5 ways to improve EHRs for better clinical documentation January 13, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The EHR ideally would be an active "virtual team member" in delivering care. Here's how redesigned systems can support caregivers.
4 ways to increase patient portal usage December 24, 2014 | Amanda Guerrero - Marketing Specialist for Bridge Patient Portal
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Whether your practice is pursuing meaningful use or participating in a shared savings program, a patient portal is an integral part of meeting requirements. Here's how to get the most out of the technology — without overwhelming patients.
Navigating the gray areas of meaningful use December 23, 2014 | David Henriksen - CEO and president of Nextech
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The EHR incentive programs were not designed with specialty providers in mind. But that doesn't mean specialists shouldn't pursue MU. It's a matter of understanding measures and reporting on those that apply.
How the mobile EHR transforms the physician-patient experience December 18, 2014 | Tom Giannulli, MD, MS - Chief Medical Information Officer at Kareo
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Mobile devices shine in their ability to enable heads-up medicine. Here's what they can do to make your EHR usage less of a mystery to patients.
Federal requirements weigh on Alaskan doctors November 25, 2014 | Annie Feidt - Alaska Public Radio Network
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In a state where small practices are the norm, many physicians are considering early retirement. Here's why.
5 EHR enhancements to reduce caregiver risk November 14, 2014 | Jay Anders, MD - Chief Medical Officer at Medicomp Systems
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A physician faced with a critically ill or infectious patient shouldn't be focused on "clicking" and documenting instead of making decisions about care. Here's how a properly implemented EHR can help.
How EHRs can assist specialty practices with federal directives November 03, 2014 | David Henriksen - CEO and president of Nextech
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By supporting needs specific to ICD-10 and meaningful use, an EHR can minimize the degree to which practices must adapt.
4 ways to save meaningful use October 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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The American Medical Association posted a blueprint it contends will help CMS plot the future of meaningful use and electronic health records. Here are the key components.
Advice for making the most of meaningful use September 29, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Ever since the new flexibility rule surfaced at the beginning of the month the timing and precise requirements for attesting to meaningful use have been more confusing than ever. Medical Practice Insider offers these resources to help you sort things out.
5 tips for understanding the new meaningful use flexibility rule September 24, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With CMS and ONC saying they want to "meet providers where they are" on the meaningful use pathway, attestation may be easier than you think. Here's what you need to know.
The upside of high EHR 'divorce rates' September 18, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With so many providers considering or already switching to a new EHR, practices should not be afraid to point out what doesn't work for them, and to push vendors to improve usability and workflow.
8 usability traits that define the ideal EHR September 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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The AMA detailed a list of priorities to create more usable EHRs. Here's what an ideal system would look like.
Next-gen EHRs face great expectations August 27, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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As early EHRs give way to more robust platforms, many vendors are struggling to keep pace with innovations. And that puts customers in the driver's seat. Here's what to know about making a change.
How to storm ahead on MU August 22, 2014 | Tracy Hume - Contributing Writer
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You may be waiting indefinitely if you're counting on guidance from your EHR vendor. Chart your own course to meaningful use with these 5 steps.
3 tips for mitigating risks while pursuing MU July 31, 2014 | Gavin Krumenacker - Vice President of HIE Solutions and Business Development at MRO Corp., Mariela Twiggs - National Director of Training and Compliance at MRO Corp.
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Even though Stage 2 brings new responsibilities and challenges, it's still an achievable goal. Here's how to maintain your momentum while taking uncertainty out of the equation.
6 reasons office-based doctors should make house calls July 29, 2014 | Donald E. Moore, MD, MPH - Contributing Writer
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Follow the advice from a doctor who follows patients everywhere -- using only a stethoscope and an iPad.
Taking the sting out of an EHR upgrade June 16, 2014 | Mike Lovett - Executive Vice President and General Manager at NextGen Healthcare
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These four questions will help you select a system that enhances usability and workflow -- and optimize it once it's in place.
Want better quality metrics? Capture more data at the point of care June 04, 2014 | Jon Goates - Chief Executive Officer at Davis Family Physicians
Armed with actionable data, physicians accurately target care gaps and change workflows to ultimately improve outcomes. Here's how to get started.

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Using Digital to Transform Information Systems January 09, 2015 | Resource Central
Learn how the University of Pennsylvania's Health System transformed its information system via digitization. What started as an intention to reduce the paper load generated by a single patient visit, turned into a comprehensive overhaul of the hospital's medical and financial records. The end result? Dramatically increased efficiencies across all departments.
An Innocent Mistake or Intentional Deceit August 21, 2014 | Resource Central
Provides insight into how ICD-10 is blurring the line in healthcare fraud detection and solutions that leverage big data and predictive analytics to avoid potential losses.
Provides guidance on how to rightsize current programs and get ICD-10 under control following the passage of the "doc fix" bill.
Examines the gaps in the current U.S. healthcare mandate model and provides an approach to address fundamental flaws within the system using big data and predictive analytics.
DeSalvo: I'll be involved with ONC for 'some time' May 12, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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She'll remain in place as National Coordinator for Health IT for now and will stay involved even after an expected transition to working directly with the HHS Secretary on delivery system reform.
When all systems go down April 02, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Digital data brings many advantages, but a system outage can be disastrous -- as our practice learned firsthand.
The tools independent practices need to thrive March 17, 2015 | Charles Settles - Product Analyst at TechnologyAdvice
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Physician-owned practices are turning to technology for help in responding to challenges in the marketplace.
A doctor's dilemma: Meaningful use lacks meaning January 27, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
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It's time to fix the underlying technology before adding more requirements and penalties to the federal EHR program.
Physicians react: Meaningful use strikes a nerve January 19, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Doctors have lost their patience with the federal EHR incentive program. Here, in their own words, are the reasons why.
Big themes at this year's Medical Group Management Association conference included systems integration, technology funding and, of course, interoperability. Here's a capsule view of what I learned making the rounds.
DeSalvo to keep driving EHR interoperability at ONC October 28, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The national coordinator will hold onto certain responsibilities, after all, including driving the office's 10-year interoperability roadmap and meaningful use policymaking.
Why nurses hate their EHR October 17, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The software drains productivity, fails to improve communication and, ultimately, leads to higher rates of job dissatisfaction. So much so that some consider EHRs when seeking employment elsewhere.
4 ways to ensure EHR usability October 06, 2014 | Dave Lareau - CEO of Medicomp Systems
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More than half of EHR systems will be replaced in the next three to five years. Here's how we can deliver systems that make a difference at the point of care -- without slowing doctors down.
Hold on: Can we really blame Ebola in the US on an EHR? October 03, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The short answer is "no, of course not." But the way things happened highlights the need for EHRs and those who use them to be more process-aware.
Exploring EHR pain points June 09, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The findings from doctors who regularly use EHR systems will be presented this Thursday in a webinar.
A call for simplicity in meaningful use June 06, 2014 | Jim Tate
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Whether you call it evolution or revolution there is a groundswell advocating for sweeping changes to the CMS EHR Incentive programs.
It's no wonder CIOs are having trouble planning for the future.
Will your EHR be ready for Stage 2, really? March 19, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With about six months left before the start of meaningful use Stage 2 reporting, only a small percentage of complete systems are ready to handle the task.
MU hardship exemptions: One step up, two back? March 19, 2014 | Emily Richmond, MPH - Senior Manager, Health Care Quality at Practice Fusion
MU hardship exemptions: One step up, two back?
Creating a new exception because a portion of the EHR technology industry lacks capabilities to meet meaningful use is not the answer.
DeSalvo steps into ONC amid pressing challenges January 14, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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One industry group says her experience is "critical to realizing the potential of health IT."
Mobile health grows up in 2014 January 07, 2014 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
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Stage 2 of meaningful use will help improve patient and physician participation in healthcare beyond the confines of the medical office.
With so much complexity, can MU2 really help improve patient engagement? December 20, 2013 | Tom Giannulli, MD, MS - Chief Medical Information Officer at Kareo
In my ideal world, meaningful use would still exist but it would have a few high-impact goals with lots of flexibility.
How meaningful is the meaningful use extension? December 12, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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I don't see this extension making 2014 less challenging for procrastinating providers and vendors. But I am not predicting any kind of ICD-10 delay.
Value-based healthcare payments – what kind of IT is needed? November 18, 2013 | Robert Rowley, MD - Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at GroupMD
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Major system changes illustrate the growing momentum toward a healthcare delivery system that needs to measure and be accountable for quality, while keeping track of the total cost of healthcare delivered. What kinds of health IT tools will be needed for this new direction?

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Investments follow a record first quarter amid accelerating adoption by large ambulatory medical groups.
Strategic partnership expands Kareo’s reach to include new strategic specialties.
DataMotion Direct enlisted by nearly half of all certified EHR vendors; statewide HISP services now being provided to PA eHealth; continued growth fueled by addition of key personnel, new partnerships and technology, and high-profile deployments.
Free service streamlines prior authorization process and reduces likelihood of patient non-adherence to drug therapy.
Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that its Health Language Provider Friendly Terminology (PFT) can now be used with Epic’s EHR technology for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated healthcare organizations.
Solutions available include ZocDoc, Iron Mountain, and Integrity EMR for Eyes.
Healthcare Expert To Help Bolster Sales Organization to Support Rapidly Growing Healthcare IT Company.
athenahealth's Best-in-KLAS EHR and Practice Management Services Selected to Provide Nimble and Proven Option for Independent Physicians Across the Rush Health Network.
SA Ignite MU Assistant to Automate Meaningful Use Monitoring, Reporting and Attestation; Streamline Processes, Save Time for NorthBay Physicians.
SimplifyMD, an ONC-ATCB certified Electronic Health Record and Practice Management software company, today announced it has been selected as the new EHR provider for Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, a practice serving the Celebration, Kissimmee, and Orlando, FL areas. simplifyMD provides Celebration with an intuitive, flexible solution that enhances the practice’s current workflow, which was inhibited by its previous EHR program.
VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for collaborative health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announces the release of a cloud based next generation EHR solution for eye care practices, which is being demonstrated this week at the annual American Optometric Association conference in San Diego.
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM), and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced a webinar titled “Preparing for the 2013 Medicare Cut and Improving Your Practice’s Long Term Financial Performance,” with Frank Irving, editor of PhysBizTech and Anne M. Dunne, Director of Healthcare Management Consulting, Grassi & Co, an ADP AdvancedMD partner. The complimentary webinar takes place on Thursday, October 18 from 12-12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9-9:30 a.m. Pacific time. Participants will learn about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) rule imposing a seven percent reduction in specialists’ pay for 2013, on top of proposed “sustainable growth” reductions of 27 percent.
WebPT, developer of Web-based software that makes rehab clinics more efficient, has partnered with CollaborateMD, a Web-based medical billing software provider. The integration with CollaborateMD is part of WebPT’s move beyond EHR to become a comprehensive solution for rehab clinics. WebPT’s EHR system gives therapists an easy, secure, Web-based system for their documentation needs, along with real-time practice management services to improve clinic workflow.
WebPT, developer of Web-based software that makes rehab clinics more efficient, has partnered with CollaborateMD, a Web-based medical billing software provider. The integration with CollaborateMD is part of WebPT’s move beyond EHR to become a comprehensive solution for rehab clinics. WebPT’s EHR system gives therapists an easy, secure, Web-based system for their documentation needs, along with real-time practice management services to improve clinic workflow.
Axis Diagnostics, Inc. of Langhorne, PA and Advanced Data Systems (ADS) of Paramus, NJ have successfully collaborated on integrating systems.
18-provider Southern Oregon Orthopedics adopts SRS EHR August 10, 2012 | Industry Release
SRS, a leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, announced today that Southern Oregon Orthopedics (SOO) has selected the SRS EHR to replace its failing EHR system for its 18 providers. SOO is located in Medford, Oregon, and is the largest orthopaedic surgery group in southern Oregon.
Over the past two years, Oregon's Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) has been working with Oregon healthcare providers to overcome the challenges of adopting and implementing electronic health records (EHRs).
TriMed Technologies, a provider of physician based healthcare information solutions, has announced the release of Version 7.1 of e-Medsys, their ONC-ATCB certified EHR.
Hello Health, a vendor in revenue-generating EMR and patient management technology, and 5 O’clock Records, an innovator in medical request platforms, today announced a partnership where physicians using the Hello Health platform will be able to share medical records digitally through the 5 O’clock Records solution. Through this relationship, physicians are able not only to manage patient communication and medical information through Hello Health, but also fill requests for medical records online using the 5 O’clock Record platform. This streamlines several processes which optimizes efficiency in the practice.
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM), and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced the successful deployment of its 2012 summer release, which introduces the company’s user-friendly Apple iPad app, additional ICD-10 tools, and best practices workflow for pediatric practices.  

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