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Alameda Health System in financial straits

​ One of the Bay Area's largest public health providers asked for a bailout due to deep financial problems, leading to speculation that its hos pitals are ineptly managed, the  Contra Costa Times  repor ted.

ONC's DeSalvo continues to stress moving beyond Meaningful Use

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo made no bones about the direction she and ONC would like to see federal health IT efforts take in a keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Policy Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.

5 reasons tech adoption is sluggish in healthcare

Robert Pearl, M.D. examines in Forbes the five factors that impact technology adoption in healthcare.

Study: EHR use leads to loss of time

As hospitals increasingly use electronic health records, they may also be increasingly losing time during the day to the technology, according to a new study.

CMS publishes final rule for Meaningful Use flexibility

Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

DoD begins accepting bids for records modernization contract

The Department of Defense began accepting bids Monday for the coveted contract to replace and modernize its EHR system.

EHR fraud prevention: What providers, payers must know

Simply using an electronic health record does not necessarily lead to billing fraud. But some of their functionalities, meant to create efficiencies, can lead to documentation that causes improper billing, as well as outright fraud. So how can providers root out EHR-related documentation issues and fraud before it occurs? And what steps can private payers take to ferret out improper claims? Read the full S pecial Report

Hospital CIO: Healthcare lags in harnessing IT

As industries flourish thanks to advances in technology and information sharing, healthcare lags far behind, says Dick Escue, CIO at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

As EHR adoption spikes, Meaningful Use Stage 2, HIE implementation lags

Hospitals and healthcare systems made significant progress in adopting electronic health records, according to two studies published in the journal  Health Affairs,  but have a long road ahead of them to meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the implementation of health information exchanges.

Is 'Kaiser-fication' of healthcare system a good thing?

Some experts think the "Kaiser-fication" of healthcare in the wake of the Affordable Care Act may be good for the industry, according to a  USA Today  article.