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Local Health IT Firm Healthland Acquires Software Co.

Healthland acquires Jackson, MS-based post-acute care EHR vendor American HealthTech for an undisclosed sum.

Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Financial Statements and Exhibits

NextGen Healthcare board member Ahmed Hussein resigns after multiple failed attempts to take control of the company through proxy fights. He currently holds more than $100 million in company stock, which means that he can reinstate himself to the board in the future through cumulative voting rules.

Healthcare Innovation Council Calls Out CMS’ EHR Program as "Emperor Has No Clothes"

The Healthcare Innovation Council, an independent group of healthcare experts, has called upon Congress to reconsider the CMS Meaningful Use program since it is not furthering Congress’s goal of improving patient care. The group calls for a reboot of Meaningful Use before all of the money is spent. They are asking for a shift in focus away from hospital adoption of technology and toward improving the design and implementation of the EHR systems.

VMC’s electronic medical records system will increase efficiency, reduce medical errors

A Silicon Valley editorial praises Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s $220 million Epic implementation, calling it a robust system that should lead to more efficient billing and significantly improve quality of care.

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