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HIMSS writes new definition of interoperability

HIMSS has crafted a new definition for interoperability and is seeking public feedback on it. HIMSS, the owner of Healthcare IT News, described the new concept as one specifically fit for the larger healthcare ecosystem. Mari Greenberger, senior director of informatics at HIMSS, explained that there are now four layers to the proposed interoperability definition: […]

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DOJ lawyer in Greenway case: EHR vendors are now on notice

When Greenway Health settled the $57.25 million False Claims and Anti-Kickback charges with the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday, the EHR vendor became the second one to meet a similar fate. eClinicalWorks in late May of 2017 settled its own False Claims case to the tune of $155 million. With the major settlements completed, […]

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New eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure allows first EU citizens to use ePrescriptions across borders and more EU news briefs

New initiative sees EU citizens use ePrescriptions in other EU country. Finnish patients can now get their medicines from pharmacies in Estonia prescribed electronically by their doctors back in Finland through the new eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure, the European Commission announced last week. This applies to pharmacies in Estonia participating in the initiative and all […]

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VA puts out call for deputy CMOs to help guide EHR modernization

The Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization at the U.S. Department of Veterans is looking for a few good men or women to help ensure its landmark Cerner EHR implementation is rolled out with clinical integrity – and optimal interoperability with the Department of Defense. The department is seeking candidates – who will be based […]

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Health IT takeaways from the midterm elections

Democrats regained the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections, while Republicans maintained control of the Senate – a rebalancing of power likely to bring both certainty and opportunities for healthcare. "Healthcare was a voting issue for this election," said Samantha Burch, senior director of congressional affairs at HIMSS. PwC surveyed 1,500 people, for […]

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NHS Digital names first CISO

NHS Digital announced that Robert Coles will be its first system-wide Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) starting in October. Coles spent the last four years as CISO for GlaxoSmithKline and previously held similar roles at National Grid and Merrill Lynch. The appointment of Coles follows recommendations made by national Chief Information Officer for Health and […]