Government & Policy

By Jessica Davis 12:35 pm January 18, 2018
The Cerner EHR contract with the U.S.
By Bernie Monegain 12:26 pm January 18, 2018
Intermountain Healthcare announced that it is aligning with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Ascension Health, SSM Health and Trinity Health to establish a not-for-profit generic drug company with the goal of addressing shortages and the high costs of medications.

HHS nominee Alex Azar at the Senate Finance Committee meeting on Jan. 9. Credit: C-span

By Bill Siwicki 05:50 pm January 17, 2018
Now Azar gets a vote by the full Senate to put him atop the agency, which has not had a chief since Tom Price resigned in scandal in September.
cerner EHR
By Jessica Davis 04:11 pm January 17, 2018
While circulating reports say DoD put its Cerner EHR replacement project on hold amid user complaints, the agency is in the middle of a planned 8-week assessment period at its four test sites.
ONC HIT Advisory Committee

NYeC’s Executive Director, Valerie Grey. Credit: nyehealth.org

By Bill Siwicki 03:28 pm January 17, 2018
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appointed her to move the healthcare system forward through innovations and technologies that advance electronic access, exchange and use of health data.
By Tom Sullivan 02:49 pm January 17, 2018
The JASON advisory group also outlined challenges and recommended several steps the government and industry should take to accelerate the use of AI.

Ajit Pai during the FCC meeting vote on net neutrality on Dec. 14. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 12:25 pm January 17, 2018
The lawsuit aims to block the “illegal rollback” of Obama-era net neutrality rules and was filed the same day as Senate Dems present a resolution to overturn the repeal.
HIMSS Physician Executive Leader of the Year

Colin Banas, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

By Tom Sullivan 11:41 am January 17, 2018
The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center CMIO earned the award by applying IT at the point of care to optimize engagements and improve outcomes, the associations said.
Amazon healthcare
By Bernie Monegain 05:04 pm January 16, 2018
But the tech giant is still not revealing its plans for the healthcare market.
FDA device ID, blockchain

Pharmacy supply chain management to reduce drug counterfeiting were highlighted in the study.

By Bill Siwicki 04:14 pm January 16, 2018
Continuous funding and partnerships – along with the potential for blockchain-based efforts to reduce the counterfeiting of drugs – are also changing the landscape a new report finds.

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