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Nightingale and HealthFusion Partner to Deliver Electronic Health Record (EHR) Benefits to Customers in Kmart HealthFusion has been selected as the vendor of choice for Nightingale Preventative Care, a Long Island-based primary care center based out of the local Kmart. Nightingale has reported that the Nightingale Kmart clinic is thriving and that it intends to expand its presence across Kmarts nationally. The Emerging Benefits of Electronic Medical Record Use in Community-based Care In Canada, PwC releases a report which suggests that more than $1.3 billion in administrative savings has been realized since Canadian primary care providers began adopting EHRs in 2006

New ONC fee proposal scares health IT sector ONC releases its budget plan for 2014, which includes a 28 percent increase in funding and a proposal to introduce a new fee structure for EHR vendors. athenahealth Inc. vs CareCloud Corporation athenahealth has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor CareCloud citing a thirteen year old practice management patent .

Mining Electronic Health Records Reveals Clues Of Harmful Drug Reactions Researchers at Stanford University, using sophisticated analytics and EHR data looking back 15 years, were able to clearly substantiate harmful drug side effects years before an alert was issued from the FDA. Researchers conclude that data analytics will be a powerful compliment to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System. NYeC Asks New Yorkers to Help Shape State’s Healthcare Future – Vote on Patient Portal for New Yorkers Prototypes The New York eHealth Collaborative is turning to state residents to select its final patient portal design

Administration pushes toward electronic medical records CMS and OIG both propose rules extending the safe harbor exceptions of both the Stark Law and the Federal Anti-Kickback Law that are set to expire on December 31, 2013. The laws would otherwise prevent hospitals and health systems from subsidizing EHRs for practices that refer patients to the organization

Former VA CIO Baker heads to Agilex Recently resigned Roger Baker, CIO of the VA, has found a new home at Agilex, a government contracting firm specializing in software development, cloud computing, and mobility. JAMA: Current EHRs Lack Large-Scale Data Capabilities A recent viewpoint article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that as data-heavy sciences like genomics, epigenomics, and proteomics advance health systems will be forced to look beyond the storage capacity of their EHRs to keep up with data storage needs

Caradigm Kills eHealth, Partners with Orion Caradigm, the Microsoft and GE Healthcare collaboration, has announced a partnership with Orion Health wherein Caradigm will go to market with Orion Health’s HIE solution rather than its own poorly performing eHealth HIE solution which is now being sunset.

Wells Fargo Securities publishes 2012 Year End Table for EPs and Hospitals Wells Fargo Securities compiles 2012 Meaningful Use year end attestation tables which show that of EPs, 65 percent have registered and 25 percent have attested. In addition, 50 percent of hospitals have attested

On June 1, 2009 the town of McAllen, Texas rose to brief prominence on the American political stage. With the highest (bar Miami) per-beneficiary costs in the entire US Medicare program, it was featured in an essay in The New Yorker by Atul Gawande, then seized upon by President Obama: "This is what we have to fix." Behind the headlines were decades of documentation of clinical practice and analysis of regional variations by John Wennberg, Elliott Fisher and their colleagues, and by Leslie and Noralou Roos and theirs. The implications for health systems were grasped over 30 years ago and have been confirmed by more recent work. Efforts to understand these variations within standard economic theory have, however, had limited success.

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