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Cerner wins Veterans Affairs EHR contract without competitive bidding process

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

eClinicalWorks to pay $155M to settle claims it faked certification

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.

Cerner EHR implementation at Department of Defense may have been pushed back

The rollout of the U.S. military’s new Cerner-based electronic health records (EHRs) system, MHS Genesis, may be months behind schedule, according to POLITICO.

Precision Medicine Initiative set for ‘beta test’

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, has announced the beginning of a beta test to roll out the Precision Medicine Initiative, an effort to amass health information from one million people for a nation research database

Health IT groups oppose $22M cut to ONC in Trump’s budget

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.

Fitness trackers improving as heart rate monitors, but terrible at tracking calories

When it comes to tracking calories, wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit often provide very inaccurate information, according to Stanford University researchers.

Erie County Medical Center confirms Easter ransomware attack

A cyberattack that crippled computer systems at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, in April was ransomware, the hospital confirmed.

Health IT leaders can use WannaCry attack to their advantage

The worldwide ransomware attack using software known as “WannaCry” temporarily disrupted computers at the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, while U.S. healthcare organizations were largely spared, but CIOs and CISOs can still use this incident as a learning opportunity. 

ONC leadership fills out with principal deputy national coordinator

Genevieve Morris has been named principal deputy national coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). 

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.

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