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Cerner EHR implementation at VA to take '7 to 8 years'

David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), told a House committee the transition from its legacy electronic health record (EHR) to a new Cerner system will take seven to eight years.

Only 9% of providers meeting 2015 CEHRT requirements

In a survey of leaders at hospitals, health system and physician practices, just 9 percent reported they’ve fully implemented products that meet the requirements of the 2015 edition of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT), though 41 percent said they’re in the process of doing so.

Athenahealth laying off 500 people, 9% of its workforce

About 500 employees at Watertown, Massachusetts-based Athenahealth will be laid off as the digital health services company looks to cut costs under pressure from an activist investor.

HIM can play important role in a successful merger

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.

AHIMA17: Healthcare organizations recognize need for information governance

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.

AHIMA17: 82% of consumers accessed their records through patient portals

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.

Allscripts closes on acquisition of McKesson’s health IT business

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.

AHIMA17: Ex-OCR advisor David Holtzman talks small provider security, federal budget cuts

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.

Senate Dems ask OIG to justify Sunday shutdowns of Healthcare.gov

The federal Healthcare.gov site that most states rely on for their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges will be shut down for 12 hours for five of the six Sundays during the upcoming open enrollment period, as well as overnight on Nov. 1, the first day of open enrollment.

Healthcare blockchain will require significant infrastructure

Blockchain technology is just beginning to creep into healthcare, with recent examples like Change Healthcare’s new solution and a state-level partnership between Illinois and Hashed Health. What’s going to hold up its adoption is if hospitals and health systems aren’t willing to help create the intensive infrastructure required to make the system work.

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