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The “internet of things,” or IoT, is in its infancy everywhere in healthcare, according to Warren Averett security services director Paul Perry. For those on the finance side of hospitals and health systems, he says this connected technology offers great opportunity to those who realize its potential.

Out of the $6 billion CMS made in Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive payments by June 2014, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) estimated $729 million was paid to professionals who didn’t meet meaningful use requirements.

Confirming months of speculation, Cerner has been selected to replace the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ in-house electronic health record system.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks will pay $155 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it “falsely obtained” meaningful use certification and gave customers kickbacks in exchange for publicly promoting its products.

Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

 

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Strategic EMR Adoption in Dallas: 5 Lessons Learned

A hundred years ago, the founding principle of Children’s Medical Center Dallas (CMCD), Texas, was the radical notion that children required specialized health care. Today, in a metropolitan area that is expected to experience a pediatric patient growth rate of more than double the national average, coordinating the various mechanisms that deliver

Rx for a Sick System Leverage Health IT to Improve and Extend Care

Robert Pearl, MD, has a story about a follow-up conversation with his adult daughter after encouraging her to consult a physician about a seemingly minor problem she had been experiencing with one of her fingers. “She said she had taken my advice,” notes Pearl, who serves as CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. “I answered that I was happy to hear

Telehealth to the Rescue: LVHN’s Approach to Extending Care

At the Health IT Summit of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, held in August in Seattle, Washington, speakers from health care facilities and professional groups around the country gathered to compare notes on the summit’s theme, “Unleashing the Power of mHealth and Telemedicine.” Among them was Joseph Tracy, vice president of

Optimizing the EMR: Visions and Goals

It's been almost three years since President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a $728 million stimulus package that set aside a relatively modest $20 million for electronic medical records (EMRs). The initial spark has smoldered since those heady days, and presenters at the 2011 meeting of the American College

Tenet Healthcare: The Path to Meaningful Use

There is no getting around it: One financial challenge hospitals and health systems will face going forward is planning to demonstrate the meaningful use of IT and making sure the investment can be leveraged for the system’s goals of improved care and efficiency. Meeting federal meaningful use standards, however, is only the start of a long journey

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