EHRs

VA VistA EHR mHealth
By Jonah Comstock 09:22 am June 23, 2016
Inspector General found that Veterans Affairs used money allocated for medical services to build a suite of mHealth apps and enhance its electronic health record, in a preliminary and thus far unpublished report.
OpenNotes AMDIS EHRs

Tom Delbanco, MD, explained that participating in OpenNotes helps people feel more in control, understand their care more clearly, and better adhere to medication.

By Mike Miliard 01:32 pm June 21, 2016
New alliance with CMIO group another step toward expanding to 50 million people in the next three years.
U.S. State Department EHR
By Bernie Monegain 10:17 am June 21, 2016
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=22fc638658d9eeff9deca4eede4be8d0&tab=core&_cview=0The department’s Office of Medical Services is soliciting information about a commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record system to be installed at diplomatic missions.
ONC EHR interoperability

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD, said that the federal government and healthcare industry need a new dialogue about how health data is centralized, de-centralized, secured and accessed. Source: Senate.help.gov. 

By Diana Manos 07:39 am June 21, 2016
Several experts contend that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is attacking the wrong problems and the last thing anyone needs is more prescriptive regulation about EHR functionality, usability and quality measurement.

“We have a moral obligation to help bring healthcare to all Americans because the core of our product was started from something funded by American taxpayers," said Irv Lichtenwald, president and CEO of Medsphere Systems Corp.

By Bill Siwicki 11:14 am June 13, 2016
Even if the Department of Veterans Affairs were to switch from its Vista system, the basis of Medsphere’s OpenVista EHR, Medsphere would continue to thrive, Irv Lichtenwald said.
EHR data blocking ONC

Center for Medical Interoperability vice president Kerry McDermott says data blocking is a systemic issue because information sharing is a new practice in healthcare. 

By Diana Manos 07:59 am June 13, 2016
The consensus that EHR vendors and profit-hungry hospitals are intentionally making it hard for patients and outside providers to access information is based on evidence – much of it put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT – that is primarily anecdotal. 
EHR Practice Fusion FTC

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich said companies that collect personal health information have to be very clear about how they'll use it.

By Mike Miliard 10:52 am June 09, 2016
U.S. Federal Trade Commission said that the cloud-based electronic health record vendor misled patients into sharing sensitive medical without knowing it could be posted in a public-facing provider directory.  
By Tom Sullivan 04:42 pm June 08, 2016
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs formally removed three senior officials on Wednesday and said doing so sets the stage for moving forward. 
Xerox telehealth virtual clinic
By Tom Sullivan 10:45 am June 08, 2016
The infrastructure and consulting services can enable healthcare providers to build out telehealth strategies and design tools that address interoperability challenges and improve the patient experience. 
MACRA
By Mike Miliard 10:45 am June 07, 2016
Stakeholders have until June 27 to weigh in with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Why should you? Experts say the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is an aggressive and transformational piece of rulemaking. 

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