Government & Policy

Cerner EHR DoD
By Tom Sullivan 10:09 am July 08, 2016
The latest wrinkle in the DoD’s mammoth EHR modernization project concerns EHR maker Cerner hosting patient data and applying analytics to it. 
By Jessica Davis 12:05 pm July 07, 2016
Proposed legislation would elevate Health and Human Services' CISO from its current position under the CIO. Whether it passes or not, the notion is raising questions about typical reporting structures in the healthcare C-suite.
NIH Vanderbilt Precision Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will serve as the Data and Research Support Center for the NIH’s PMI Cohort Program.

By Jessica Davis 11:02 am July 07, 2016
The National Institutes of Health awarded $71.6 million over five years to Vanderbilt for establishing and operating the Data and Research Support Center.
CMS EHR CPOE quality reporting

Acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt said the new proposals are designed to improve patient experience and outcomes.

By Bernie Monegain 10:21 am July 07, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urges Congress to institute more flexibility for quality reporting and eliminate clinical decision support and computerized provider order entry measures for eligible hospitals.
VA commercial EHR VistA
By Jessica Davis 04:01 pm July 06, 2016
A report published by the Commission on Care requests major funding from Congress to replace the proprietary VistA EHR, among its list of 18 recommendations.
telehealth remote monitoring AHRQ
By Jeff Lagasse 02:20 pm July 05, 2016
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality pinpointed instances where telemedicine consults are most effective, though to date information is lacking about cost and utilization. 
AHIMA, Aledade GetMyHealthData
By Bernie Monegain 01:34 pm July 05, 2016
AHIMA said it will create a new model for releasing patients’ health information, Flip the Clinic will add actionable ideas for change and Farzad Mostashari’s ACO startup Aledade will run pilot programs with its customers.
CMS claims data

CMS Chief data Officer Niall Brennan said the new data will enable caregivers to make smarter clinical decisions.

By Bernie Monegain 10:48 am July 05, 2016
New rules under MACRA mean that qualified providers can share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could be a boon to better care delivery.
By Bernie Monegain 09:31 am July 05, 2016
A CHCS iPhone housing protected health information of 412 nursing home residents that was unencrypted and not password protected was stolen, according to the Office for Civil Rights.  
Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes
By Jeff Lagasse 08:49 am July 05, 2016
Citing clinical laboratory failures, U.S. Representatives request information on how Theranos is attempting to correct those flawed test results. 

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