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4 ways to fix meaningful use for practices January 08, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With more than half of physicians saying they won't attest this year, these suggestions would create some much-needed breathing room.
Patients bear the cost of many weight-loss drugs January 07, 2015 | Michelle Andrews - Kaiser Health News
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Even with four drugs FDA-approved to fight obesity, most private insurers and Medicare don't cover them, leaving patients to pay out-of-pocket.
Clinical decision support specialist unveils free tool for Ebola, travel diseases January 07, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Global healthcare
In the interest of public health and avoiding misdiagnoses, a CDS vendor is offering software for identifying and treating emerging global diseases.
The hidden ways residency influences practice spending habits January 05, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Most physicians who train in higher-cost regions tend to go on to practice in similar settings, a JAMA report found. They also tend to charge more per beneficiary compared to their classmates who trained in low-cost regions.
2015: End of the road for meaningful use? January 05, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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More than half of physicians polled in a new survey are not planning to attest to Stage 2 in 2015. Here's a roundup of the reasons they gave us for not pursuing Stage 2.
What happens when a patient's death is broadcast without consent January 02, 2015 | Charles Ornstein - ProPublica
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Anita Chanko sat down to watch "NY Med" one night in August to discover that footage from her late-husband's death was being aired -- without permission.
Consumers jump on 2015 health coverage January 02, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The vast majority of enrollees are taking advantage of financial assistance, while plans are attracting more individuals under age 35.
Twas the season for app updates and upgrades December 31, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Last month was full of updates and tweaks as opposed to complete product releases. Here are some of the updated health apps that can enhance your patient engagement practices.
Pros and cons of using Amazon to stock your practice December 31, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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As pay cuts loom, the search for savings is on, and it may very well lead to a bargain haven that many providers will find familiar: Amazon.com.
Top 5 HIPAA breaches of 2014 December 31, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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Millions of patients were affected in 2014 when their protected health information fell into the wrong hands or was made freely available. These cases revealed failures on the part of covered entities and business associates.
What to know about CMS ICD-10 end-to-end testing December 30, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Want to witness first-hand what life will be like after Oct. 1, 2015? Here's one way to find out.
Medicaid doctors get ready for big pay cut December 29, 2014 | Phil Galewitz - KHN Staff Writer
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In some areas of the country, physicians will lose money for every Medicaid patient seen. And when a temporary increase expires Dec. 31, only a handful of states will use their own funds to sustain payments on par with Medicare.
How shifts in Washington will affect physicians in 2015 December 26, 2014 | Chris Emper - Director of Government and Industry Affairs at NextGen Healthcare
U.S. Capitol
What will be the impact of a divided legislature on small and midsize medical practices in the coming year? Here's a look ahead at the major issues to be debated.
Advantage enrollees get relief when plans drop doctors December 22, 2014 | Susan Jaffe - Kaiser Health News
Healthcare workers
CMS creates special three-month enrollment period following "significant" provider network changes. But it's up to the agency to determine what would trigger such an opportunity.
Virus Watch: California wrestles with worst pertussis outbreak in 70 years December 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Here's what you need to know about the latest pertussis outbreak -- which has affected nearly 10,000 patients in California in 2014 -- and the patients who are most at risk for contracting it.
Future doctors seeking employment security December 19, 2014 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
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Medical students consider hospitals and large provider groups their go-to choices for starting their careers. Most feel unprepared to handle to challenges of practice management and ownership.
Top 10 Medical Practice Insider stories of 2014 December 19, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Reader favorites from the last 12 months prove that practices are increasingly technologically forward-thinking.
Holiday wishlist: 10 must-have items for your medical practice December 18, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Many innovative, clinical gadgets have entered the healthcare fold over the past 12 months. From Google Glass to digitized stethoscopes, here are the items no physician should be without this season.
10 things to know about the next Surgeon General December 17, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Newly confirmed Vivek Murthy, MD, is the youngest person ever appointed as America's top doctor. His background includes a record of entrepreneurship and compassion for patients.
Non-MD positions dominate ascending health careers December 16, 2014 | Christopher Hayden - Editorial Assistant
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According to online jobs database CareerCast, some 5 million jobs will be created in healthcare by 2022, with these 10 positions experiencing the most growth over that eight-year span.

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The inside story of a practice thriving in 3 ACOs September 22, 2014 | Pamela Patterson - Corporate compliance officer at Cantata Adult Life Services
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The secret? Analytics. Pamela Patterson recounts how her organization focused on quality metrics, visualizing clinical data, and caregivers' workflow to reduce readmissions, among other successes.
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.
5 proven ways to engage patients September 15, 2014 | Andrew Underhill - Chief Technologist at Systems Made Simple
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It goes against intuition, but providers can take a cue from payers when it comes to building stronger relationships with patients and being more proactive in chronic disease care.
Top 10 reasons telemedicine will transform your practice September 09, 2014 | Ash Mehta - CEO of PatientClick
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Emerging applications and services give physicians new opportunities well beyond traditional teleradiology. Here's why the technology is making a difference.
6 burning questions about ACOs September 08, 2014 | Samantha DuPont - Health Policy Consultant — Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy.
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Equipped to handle financial risk sharing, electronic health records, quality benchmarks, patient engagement and care coordination, ACOs are an attractive option to healthcare leaders and providers. Could this be the predominant healthcare model moving forward?
How to ensure strong communication between patient visits September 03, 2014 | Steve Whitehurst - Vice President and General Manager of Stericycle Communication Solutions
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Smaller practices should streamline patient access and support, leverage data to identify specific challenges and solutions, and offer patients multiple platforms to communicate with physicians and staff. Here are the elements of such a strategy.
How to get a start-up practice off the ground August 29, 2014 | Keith C. Borglum - Contributing Writer
There are a number of ways to make it work -- and the economics are actually fairly straightforward if you don't get fixated on income. Here's what to consider.
ICD-10: Will your coders stick around? August 28, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Today's staff could be lured by competitors desperate for their expertise and, as such, willing to pay more or offer other perks. Why practices should use ICD-10 as a retention strategy.
Ebola shines light on best practices for personal protective equipment August 28, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
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Basics go a long way in protecting providers during health crises. Is your practice mastering the fundamentals?
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.
3 core concepts for selling your medical practice August 26, 2014 | Chris Majdi - Medical practice appraiser and broker with Transition Consultants
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Consider these medical marketplace principles before you start talks or negotiations with a potential buyer.
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.
Checklist: Calculating ICD-10 costs August 22, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Follow these guidelines to figure out how much your practice will have to spend complying with the new code sets.
5 quick tips for averting embezzlement August 22, 2014 | Debra Phairas - President of Practice & Liability Consultants, LLC
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Simple, straightforward steps to guard against employees stealing funds from your organization.
How labor analytics can sharpen practice performance August 21, 2014 | Jackie Larson - Senior Vice President of Client Services at Avantas
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Do you have the right number of staff to handle patient volume? Here are the measures that will help you make that determination.
A look inside CMS' new ICD-10 tools August 20, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Medical Practice Insider watched the videos so you don't have to, highlighting the good parts and telling you what to skip -- plenty of both.
Get a leg up on shoddy claims denials August 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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As electronic remittance advice transactions gain prominence, providers can use the process to their advantage when bringing up issues with insurer claims responses.
Are you ready for consumer-focused billing? August 18, 2014 | Bird Blitch - CEO of Patientco.
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Meet patients' expectations regarding the financial side of their care in the same way you address them on the clinical side.
4 reasons to expand your practice now August 13, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Whether looking to gain new patients or offer more specialized services, scaling up may be a viable option -- and technology can help make the leap possible.

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Where would you invest in digital health? October 16, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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There's plenty of financial backing for emerging healthcare information and communications technologies. But the question remains whether they are mature enough to make a difference.
ICD-10 going to hurt providers way more than IT vendors October 14, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The perhaps ugly truth is that providers who fail to prepare for ICD-10 have a lot at stake, notably money. IT vendors? Well, they don't have a mandate to comply with the new code sets.
3 hiring mistakes to avoid October 14, 2014 | Jessica Fayerman - Senior Associate Attorney, Prinz Law Firm
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You or your office manager may not intend to ask improper questions or make inflated claims when interviewing candidates for open positions at your practice. All the same, doing so may have legal consequences or set the stage for an unhealthy employee-employer relationship.
Look who's talking about surgeons' pay and where EHRs went wrong with Ebola October 10, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to “Doc Talk." This week, we look into the truth beyond why surgeons' salaries are so high and where EHRs must go now following the nation’s first bout with Ebola.
Providers, IT vendors in ICD-10 gridlock October 10, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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With providers and software makers essentially waiting on each other to move forward with ICD-10, it appears that progress has stalled. Will small practices wait until the eleventh hour again?
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.
Welcome back to "Doc Talk!" This week we explore getting patients to rely less on ER visits, whether the story of RUC-to-riches has any clout and the viability of a de fault encryption future.
'Apple Effect' hits the smartwatch market October 01, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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With Pebble's new $99 entry point and growing store of activity-tracking apps, will we see a wave of consumer devices delivering data that a doctor would want or need?
7 takeaways from WEDI's most recent ICD-10 survey September 29, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange found more than just procrastination in its latest assessment of where the industry stands in terms of ICD-10.
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we take a look at Blackberry's latest device, the current private practice crisis and the positives of bringing a medical scribe on board.
Do we innovate or legislate our way out of the healthcare mess? September 25, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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The efforts of entrepreneurs and the effects of government intervention aren't mutually exclusive when it comes to bending the cost curve.
Influential voices accentuate ACA's results September 24, 2014 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
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HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, use different channels to broadcast a similar message: the Affordable Care Act is working as intended.
Look who’s talking about patient engagement, iPhones and smartwatches September 23, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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This week we take a look at NHIT and its dedication to patient empowerment, the new iPhone 6 offerings from Apple and the abilities of Apple Watch.
What if the federal government funded ICD-10? September 18, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Surprisingly enough, readers are split as to whether or not incentives would ease the compliance burden. What's your take?
Representing the 'voice' of the patient September 16, 2014 | Mary Griskewicz, MS, FHIMSS - HIMSS Senior Director, Health Information Systems
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Why patient and family engagement matters.
4 tips for improving your patients' experience September 16, 2014 | Baskar Mohan - Director of healthcare practice at Virtusa
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How to help your consumers really "own" their health data.
Are you a perpetrator of e-waste? September 15, 2014 | James Deck - CEO, MTS Healthcare
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It's predicted that e-waste would weigh the equivalent of eight of the Great Pyramids of Egypt by 2017. Keeping that in mind, isn't it time for health IT professionals to look for innovative ways to help offset the cost of technology?
Look who's talking about Apple Watch, patient privacy and 'meaningful abuse' September 12, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week we take a look at the what's so special about Apple's new smartwatch, the questions physicians should ask on behalf of public health and how CMS' final rule is turning meaningful use into more effort than it's worth.
5 tips for improving your practice's first impression September 10, 2014 | Cindy Thomas Wright
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Your waiting room may be inadvertently sending the wrong message to patients. Turn things around by implementing these simple suggestions.

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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.
WCH Service Bureau, a leader in providing medical billing, credentialing, EHR and other supporting services for health care providers in the tri-state area, is introducing the ICode service.
Viridian Health Management, a pioneer in health coaching for behavior change and provider of comprehensive integrated health management programs and Omada Health, a Silicon Valley leader in the field of digital health, today announced their partnership to launch the first multi-modal lifestyle program to help conquer the diabetes epidemic.
CureMD and Mitochon Systems Inc., announced today that they have entered into an agreement whereby CureMD will become the exclusive provider of SMART Cloud EMR, PM and billing services for the entire Mitochon user base.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the sponsoring agency for the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE), welcomed the not-for-profit CommunityHealth IT into the Florida HIE. CommunityHealth IT connects community healthcare providers and patients through its MyHealthStoryHIE, which leverages RelayHealth to expand access and the reliability of data across varied care settings.
Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Nuance Communications, today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Pulse Systems, Inc., Hires New CMO June 12, 2013 | Industry Release
Pulse Systems, Inc., an industry-leading provider of Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) solutions, announced today it has hired Samuel Ambrose as the Company's new Chief Marketing Officer.
IGI Health's Orbit(R) Patient Portal version 6.0 has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
ADP AdvancedMD Launches "MyICD-10 Timeline" May 28, 2013 | Industry Release
New website features timeline, resources, tips, webinars and planning guides to get providers ready for October 1, 2014
DoctorBase, a leading mobile solution provider for medical practices, today announced it has surpassed 10,000 doctors on its mHealth-as-a-service platform (mHaaS), a 104 percent increase over the past year. DoctorBase’s PANDA software provides medical practices with free and low-cost tools that allow clinicians to interact with patients through smartphones.
VentureHealth, an online healthcare investment portal for accredited investors, today announced a new model for equity crowdfunding. Focused on innovations that dramatically improve clinical outcomes, VentureHealth is the first equity crowdfunding portal founded by professional investors.
Collaboration site focused on the impact of care coordination
Vidyo, Inc. and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) today announced that they have partnered to add Vidyo’s visual communications and collaboration capabilities to ANTHC’s existing statewide telehealth network -- AFHCAN.
GFI Software today announced the availability of GFI FaxMaker Online, a streamlined cloud-based fax solution designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs). GFI FaxMaker Online provides ubiquitous faxing from any Internet-connected device, with no hardware, software or dedicated phone lines required.
Kareo Raises $20.5 Million to Fuel Rapid Growth January 23, 2013 | Industry Release
Kareo, Inc., a cloud-based medical office software provider for small medical practices, announced today the closing of a new $20.5 million equity investment led by Stripes Group with participation from existing Kareo investor Western Technology Investments. This new funding is in addition to the $18 million previously raised, bringing Kareo’s total funding to more than $38 million. Kareo will use the new capital to launch Kareo Billing Services, a technology-enabled revenue cycle management solution for small medical practices, and is extending its market reach and leadership position through new investment in sales and marketing.
COLA, a laboratory accreditor, today announced an agreement with the American College of Physicians (ACP) to promote a program of laboratory excellence to ACP members. The joint initiative is designed to assist Patient-Centered Medical Home practices in delivering quality and value-driven laboratory medicine to their patients through a new COLA laboratory recognition program, called Patient-Centered Laboratory Excellence (PCLE).
QuantiaMD Announces New Executive Appointments January 09, 2013 | Industry Release
QuantiaMD, the largest online physician community and collaboration platform, has appointed Daniel Malloy to the role of Senior Vice President, bringing deep payer, health system and life sciences expertise to the company’s leadership team. In addition, current QuantiaMD President, Mike Coyne, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Eric Schultz, QuantiaMD’s founder and current CEO, has been appointed Executive Chairman.
Voalte, a provider in clinical communication technology, announced that the company’s chief nursing officer, Dr. Teresa Anderson, was recently inducted as President of the Nebraska Nurses Association, an organization that represents more than 25,000 nurses in the state. Voalte congratulates Dr. Anderson on this prestigious appointment for the 2013-2014 term.
Navicure, an Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced that it has been named “Best in KLAS” for the claims and clearinghouse services market segment as part of the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. KLAS seeks to improve healthcare technology delivery through honest, accurate and impartial measurement of vendor services.

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