CMS extends the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest for MU from November 30 to December 31, giving hospitals more time to submit MU data for the 2014 program year in order to receive payments under EHR incentive programs. CMS also pushed back the deadline for hospitals to electronically submit clinical quality measures to December 31.
VA Issues RFP for New Scheduling System
The VA issues an RFP to replace its 30 year-old appointment scheduling system with a commercially available solution to integrate with its existing VistA platform. The proposal deadline is January 9 and potential bidders will not be required to have prior experience working with the agency.
CareTech Solutions Negotiating Sale to HTC Global Services
HIT service provider CareTech Solutions files an “intent to sell” to HTC Global Services, a provider of IT services for multiple industries.
Big Growth Predicted for HIT
An IDC Health Insights report predicts that 80% of all healthcare data will pass through the cloud by 2020 and 65% of consumer transactions with health care organizations will be mobile by 2018. ICD also predicts that by 2015, half of all healthcare organizations will have experienced one to five cyber attacks in the previous 12 months.
Alarm Issues Top Health Hazard List
Inappropriate configuration of alarms and similar alarm hazards are the biggest health technology hazard facing hospitals in 2015, according to an ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization report. Data integrity, such as lost or missing data in EHRs, took the number two spot on ECRI’s annual list.
USDA Awards Millions for Telehealth Projects
The US Department of Agriculture Rural Development awards $8.6 million to 31 projects to improve telehealth in rural areas.
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The New York-based Advocate Community Providers selects eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record (CCMR) for population health management and eClinicalWorks Electronic Health eXchange (eEHX) interoperability platform. New Jersey’s Kennedy Health System also selected the eClinicalWorks CCMR and eEHX solutions to address the objectives of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.
Oakland Physician Network in Michigan and Citrus Valley Health Partners in California partner with Practice Fusion for EHR. The networks serve a combined 1,425 providers.
Georgia Health Connect contracts with Liaison Technologies for its Health Data Management platform and EMR-Link solution.
Regional Health Services in Scottsbluff, NE launches RelayHealth’s patient portal.
Practice Fusion VP of corporate communications Ryan Donovan leaves the company after less than a year, saying the position “wasn’t a fit.” Donovan, who had reported directly to Practice Fusion CEO/founder Ryan Howard, is launching his own communications consultancy.