1. DoD awards Cerner, Leidos, Accenture EHR contract
The U.S. Department of Defense handed down the largest and most-anticipated electronic health record system contract in history late Wednesday. And the winner is (drumroll, please) … Cerner, Leidos and Accenture.
2. ICD-10: CMS won't deny claims for first year
In a surprise concession, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in early July that it would work with the American Medical Association on four steps designed to ease the transition to ICD-10.
3. Deaths by medical mistakes hit records
It's a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year.
4. See which hospitals made the 2015 'Most Wired' list
Out of more than 2,200 U.S. hospitals, only 338 made it this year to " HealthCare's Most Wired list, demonstrating some of the most advanced health IT use and adoption in the nation.
5. DoD EHR modernization set to rock marketplace
When the Defense Department put out a request for proposals last summer for its massive electronic health record replacement project, it sent shockwaves through the health IT world. And now the entire industry sits on the verge of finding out exactly what's going to happen.
6. 5 health IT trends set to shake up industry
For those healthcare providers still resistant to technology, you've got a problem on your hands: You're going to be left behind. This is where healthcare it going – with or without you. That's according to a new Accenture report, which lays out five key trends in the industry that show adaptation might be the best business model.
7. Hospital with repeat security failures hit with $218K HIPAA fine
Does your hospital permit employees to use a file-sharing app to store patients' protected health information? Better think again. A Massachusetts hospital is paying up and reevaluating its privacy and security policies after a file-sharing complaint and following a HIPAA breach.
8. Non-profit startup launches free ICD-10 conversion tools
Providers looking for software to ease the ICD-10 transition got a new quiver of options – thanks to a medical student. ICD-10 Charts, in fact, joined a growing crop of software tools coming to market as the countdown to compliance keeps moving ahead.
9. Is DoD's EHR modernization bound to fail?
The Department of Defense's plans to spend $11 billion on a new EHR system are coming under fire. The Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization, or DHMSM, is intended to facilitate interoperable information sharing among the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and private-sector healthcare providers.
10. Mobile apps helping reduce readmissions