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Combining health systems and hospitals means combining their health information, making the health information management (HIM) strategy a critical facet of any merger, which can be tripped up by poor planning or having an unhelpful electronic health record (EHR) vendor.

Implementation of information governance practices—or at least a need to implement them in the future—is growing, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

Less than 5 percent of consumers had accessed their electronic health record through a patient portal in 2013. By 2016, that number had skyrocketed to 82 percent, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

The acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business focused on hospital and health system IT by Allscripts has been completed as of Oct. 2, a move which appears to have tremendous support among providers using McKesson’s Paragon electronic health record (EHR) system.

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means changes for the regulatory landscape and enforcement for health information management, which will be the focus of David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, during his presentation at this week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference.

 

Recent Headlines

Q&A: Lesson from NHS attack? Don’t delay security patches

The May 12 cyberattack that hit the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx and other companies around the globe could have been limited if computers had been regularly applying security patches. John Christly, chief information security officer (CISO) at Netsurion and EventTracker, spoke to HealthExec about what made this ransomware attack unique and how healthcare CISOs can point to it to get others in the C-suite to prioritize cybersecurity.

New York City public hospitals investing $289 million in Epic revenue cycle software

NYC Health + Hospitals, the operator of public hospitals and clinic in New York, announced it will “implement new, advanced revenue cycle technology” from Epic at a cost of $289 million over the next five years.

Cerner still king among EHR vendors

Cerner owns the greatest market share among electronic health record (EHR) vendors, topping competitors McKesson and Epic, while a number of smaller competitors are “thriving,” according to a Kalorama Information report.

CMS asks for feedback on MACRA’s version of meaningful use

Clinicians have another chance to influence how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) measures meaningful use, as CMS will be taking suggestions on new measures through June 30.

Health 2.0 conferences acquired by HIMSS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has acquired the conference component of Health 2.0, focused on start-up digital technologies in healthcare.

Cerner is VA’s most likely EHR vendor

If the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decides to ditch its in-house electronic health record (EHR) system for a commercial product, Cerner would be the best vendor candidate, according to a report from Black Book.

San Mateo County CIO: The hard part of health IT is information governance

San Mateo County Health System in California may be adjacent to the technology hotbed of Silicon Valley, but you’d be wrong to assume it’s on the cutting edge of health IT. Instead, it has what the system’s chief information officer called a “spaghetti conundrum.”

Physicians spending same amount of time on ‘desktop medicine,’ seeing patients

Physicians are evenly splitting their time between office visits with patients and “desktop medicine” activities like typing notes, ordering tests and making referrals through a patient’s electronic health record, according to a study published in the April 2017 issue of Health Affairs

Donald Rucker, former Siemens CMO, named new ONC chief

The next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be Donald Rucker, MD, a choice the industry was quick to praise once word of the pick leaked on March 31 due to an updated listing in the HHS employee directory.

HHS adds new health technology leadership post

A former Louisiana congressman and physician has been appointed to a new healthcare technology position within HHS, which is causing confusion as to what the future holds for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

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