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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.

 

Recent Headlines

HIMSS 2017: IT growth expected but vendors too quickly 'moving on' from EHRs

The 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey found a strong demand for health IT employees and continued growth in IT budgets for both vendors and providers. In some cases, however, providers and vendors aren’t sharing the same priorities.

HIMSS 2017: IBM Watson announces new partnerships—but may lose MD Anderson

IBM has announced several expansions and partnerships centered on its Watson cognitive computing system solutions. At the same time, however, the Watson-powered oncology product being developed at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas has reportedly been placed on hold.

HIMSS 2017: EHRs are advancing 'with you or without you'

Healthcare leaders are confident their organizations will realize the full benefits of electronic health records (EHRs), while warning clinicians resistant to new technology to either take advantage of training opportunities or get left behind.

HIMSS 2017: IBM CEO says ‘cognitive era’ in healthcare has begun

HIMSS 2017 in Orlando opened with IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty proclaiming the advent of what she calls the “cognitive era” in healthcare, encouraging clinicians and IT to aggressively pursue and accept new technologies.

VA: ‘Confident we’re going to commercial’ on EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is leaning toward abandoning its troubled legacy electronic health record (EHR) system in favor of an off-the-shelf commercial option, even though the department has spent millions trying to modernize the system and advance interoperability.

Epic, Premier dominate Best in KLAS awards

Epic won the top software suite ranking for the seventh year in a row in the 2017 Best of KLAS: Software & Services Report, along with winning Best in KLAS awards and being named top physician practice vendor.

What hospitals select in public health reporting measures

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released data showing what measures hospitals reported to public health agencies as part of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Healthcare averaged 1 data breach per day in 2016

Last year didn’t see healthcare breaches on the scale of the Anthem hack of 2015, but there were still 450 reported breaches in 2016 affecting more than 27 million patient records, as reported in the "Breach Barometer Report: Year in Review” by Protenus.

CMS pushes back eCQM reporting deadline, promises changes in IPPS rule

As the clock winds down on the current CMS administration, some hospitals got a parting gift: extra time to report electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) data within two CMS programs.

Glitch in ICD-10 update offers some physicians free pass on PQRS penalties

Issues with the October 2016 ICD-10 update mean CMS can’t process certain quality measure data for the last quarter of the year, so the agency will waive penalties related to the glitch’s impact on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

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