Epic's Judith Faulkner calls out federal regulators; Order set effectiveness hampered by lack of integration with EHRs;

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> Epic CEO Judith Faulkner, in a New York Times article published this week, discusses interoperability, calling out the federal regulators for essentially failing to develop standards to support interoperability. "I'm not sure why the government doesn't want to do some of the things that would be required for everybody to march together," Faulkner told the Times. Epic has come under heavy criticism of late for a perceived failure to create systems that interoperate with other vendors' technology. Article

> Lack of widespread integration with electronic health records limits the effectiveness of order sets and care plans, according to a new report published by Orem, Utah-based research group KLAS. For the report, KLAS interviewed 139 provider organizations about their clinical decision support tools. Announcement

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> A statewide report out of Washington has determined that a large percentage of diagnostic tests and treatments--including those related to medical imaging--are unnecessary and put patients at risk. The report, issued by the Washington Health Alliance, involves claims data from 3.3 million patients and examines 11 different diagnostic tests and procedures. Article

> The Choosing Wisely campaign has resulted in the alteration of some breast cancer practices for the better, according to a study presented last week at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting. Article

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> In an effort to be more efficient, deliver value-based care and streamline the healthcare continuum, hospitals enter into partnerships out of want rather than financial necessity to stay ahead of competitors in the ever-evolving healthcare industry. Article

And Finally... Why not "Seven?" That's a name with cachet. Article