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Cerner, Leidos, Accenture team up to throw their hats into the DoD EHR ring

Cerner, Leidos and Accenture Federal Services are the latest companies to join forces to vie for the Department of Defense (DoD) request for proposal (RFP) for a new electronic health record system.

More practices eye informal integration amid struggles

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) identified its members' top practice struggles for the seventh year in a row with its "Medical Practice Today: What Members Have to Say" survey. 

Stage 2 certified EHRs not ready for interoperability

The current architecture for data exchange required by Stage 2 of Meaningful Use does not allow for "robust" patient data sharing, according to a new study in the  Journal of the American Informatics Association.

MGMA speaks out against payers' use of 'virtual credit cards'

Earlier this month,  FierceHealthFinance  reported that hospitals raised objections to health plans' use of so-called virtual credit cards to pay claims, chiefly because they subject providers to transaction fees of up to 5 percent.

Payers: 2 ways to enhance call centers, customer satisfaction

As the healthcare industry gears up for the next open enrollment period in November, payers need to look for ways to improve their call centers to provide a better experience for customers. Listed below are two ways payers can better serve their members, according to a new report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

Feds, states successfully pilot exchange of behavioral health data

Patient behavioral health data has been successfully exchanged across state lines, opening the door to further interoperability of such data, according to a new report released by ONC.

Some hospitals using consumer data to assess patient risk

Some hospitals and providers use consumer data to identify--and intervene with--the patients most likely to have health problems, according to Bloomberg  BusinessWeek.

It's time to redesign EHRs to improve patient safety

Providers have been  lashing out against subpar electronic health record design for years. They gripe that not only do poorly designed systems impede workflow and cost too much, they also create new patient safety problems and don't share data with other systems to coordinate care, as promised. Still, the industry hasn't done much to address these concerns. However, maybe now they'll have to. New evidence released this week bolsters what the providers have been saying all along: EHRs, as currently designed, adversely impact patient safety.  

EHR-based IPS tools gain traction against best-of-breed vendors

Bedside interactive patient systems (IPS) are becoming more popular, with 85 percent of larger hospitals considering buying one, according to a new study by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.

CSC, Allscripts, HP team up for DoD EHR contract bid

Computer Sciences Corp. announced on Tuesday that it will join forces with Allscripts and Hewlett Packard to pursue the coveted Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract to replace and modernize the agency's EHR system.