Major government contractor Leidos and software vendor Cerner Corp. have been awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to provide the U.S. military with a commercial-off-the-shelf electronic health records system, beating two other finalist teams that included vendors Epic Systems and Allscripts.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is making available more than $38 million in grants to 20 organizations in 19 states to increase the adoption and use of interoperable HIT tools and services.  more »
Overall national healthcare spending is predicted to grow an average rate of 5.8 percent annually from 2014-2024, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  more »

Healthcare executives expect that within the next three years their industry will need to focus as much on training machines as they do on training people, according to a new report from outsourcing and consulting firm Accenture.

With several pieces of legislation introduced in Congress to establish a national data breach notification law and enhance data security, 47 state attorneys general have asked lawmakers to not preempt similar state laws already in force if a federal law is enacted.

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Tapping into the nation’s largest database linking genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military exposure information, the Department of Veterans Affairs is funding four new studies in the areas of heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants home health agencies to accelerate their use of health information technology. The agency is issuing no mandates yet, but certainly is leaving the door open.

Imaging departments were some of the first to go digital in most healthcare organizations, through the installation of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Changes in PACS have been slow and steady for radiologists. Until lately, that is.

A nationwide survey of more than 2,000 primary care doctors found that 57 percent of physicians are willing to conduct video visits with their patients.

Implementing clinical information systems at healthcare organizations can be a jarring experience. And when those systems conflict with long-used work processes for accomplishing clinical tasks, it's more than annoying. It can make an IT project a long, uphill slog.

Under pressure from the American Medical Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made several important policy changes to ease physicians’ transitions to the ICD-10 code set, including advanced payments under certain conditions.

The results of a recent survey conducted by Johns Hopkins University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and CVS Health point to a clear conclusion: It is time to give more than lip service to finding a mutually agreeable way for patients and their providers to communicate electronically beyond “official” platforms such as EHRs and patient portals.

Health information exchange continues to face obstacles to widespread adoption with health insurers being part of the problem.

The recent Ebola outbreak and its entry into the U.S. is a prime example pointing to the need for best practice guidance for hospitals and providers to make fully informed decisions.

Patients in Ohio now can access an online urgent care consultation around the clock, thanks to a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and telemedicine vendor American Well.

John Showalter, MD, is a student of medical history. And one of the reasons he's passionate about analytics is his sense that a new chapter is being written. "I firmly believe that predictive analytics is going to be as significant as penicillin and anesthesia in the history of medicine," he says.

Healthcare organizations not implementing newer debit/credit card processing terminals by October 1 will be financially liable for fraudulent financial transactions.
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