April 02, 2014
It took the Senate nearly five hours Mar. 31 to debate and approve a bill that would temporarily fix the SGR and also delay ICD-10 one year. The curious -- and disconcerting -- thing is, during that time not a single Senator made mention of the ICD-10 provision included in the bill, leaving many industry officials questioning: Do they even know...
March 14, 2014
In the year and 10 days since it was launched in New Orleans, the vendors of the CommonWell Health Alliance have been setting up the infrastructure for their vision of cross-competitive data liquidity. Now it's time to see what that interoperability can accomplish for the patient.
March 10, 2014
The largest retail clinic in the country will roll out the most popular commercial EMR system throughout all its clinics. MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark will switch to the Epic electronic medical record system called EpicCare.
March 10, 2014
Stage 2 of the federal Electronic Health Records Incentive Program is underway for providers who first reached Stage 1 in 2011. Although there will not be any official statistics available for several months, anecdotal evidence suggests that this new phase is off to a slow start.
February 18, 2014
A proposed bill that aims to reduce regulatory burden in healthcare IT is drawing backlash from mHealth advocates who feel it may endanger lives and decimate the industry. Sponsors say the bill would prioritize the FDA's attention to technologies that pose the greatest health risk, rather than giving the agency broad authority over "low-risk...
February 17, 2014
Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth is expanding again. This time the growth will be in research and development, and it's all happening in Austin, where there is already a core of 36 software developers at work, along with 20 more in other parts of Texas.
February 11, 2014
Independent Maine Sen. Angus King and Republican Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer have introduced legislation they say will reduce regulatory burden on the health IT industry and protect jobs.
February 06, 2014
Castlight Health, whose technology aims to bring better clarity to healthcare pricing, has quietly filed with the Securities Exchange Commission for an initial public offering anticipated to be valued around $2 billion.
January 31, 2014
After a long tenure as "Best in KLAS Overall Software Vendor," Epic Systems has been beaten by athenahealth for the top spot in this year's award ranking, which is tallied based on feedback from thousands of providers.
January 30, 2014
Last October and November, as HealthCare.gov struggled to accommodate visitors and offer its promised user experience, HHS staff and contractors were, among other fixes, "adding server capacity" -- suggesting that the U.S. CTO's goals of technological innovation remain to be seen in health programs.