ACS acquires The Breakaway Group; One-fourth of Michigan primary care providers commit to EHR adoption;

> Denver-based health consultancy The Breakaway Group, which helps providers with electronic health record implementation, was acquired by IT consulting company Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. this week, reports Health Data Management. Article

> Close to 25 percent of all primary care providers in Michigan have committed to adopting electronic health record systems, according to an announcement from the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption. "The 3,724 providers who have partnered with our [regional extension center] are leading the way for Michigan's medical community in meeting the meaningful use EHR criteria, ultimately leading to improved patient health care," Dan Armijo, director of M-CEITA, said in a statement. Announcement

> Aiming to increase cancer survival, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) wants electronic health record vendors to implement standards to facilitate capturing, storing, and sharing panomics-related data, InformationWeek Healthcare reports. A new report, "Accelerating Progress Against Cancer: ASCO's Blueprint for Transforming Clinical and Translational Cancer Research," calls the nation's current research service "unprepared to deliver" on promises of advancing research efforts with regard to cancer treatments. Article

> The Colorado Health Foundation announced this week that 100 percent of health safety net providers in the state that received grants to install electronic health record systems either have implemented such systems, or plan to do so within 18 months, reports Becker's Hospital Review. A total of 43 organizations were given 75 grants worth $9.4 million. Brief

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