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Federal policymakers to develop EHR testing program for behavioral health, long-term care facilities

ONC will announce a voluntary program for the testing and certification of EHRs used by long-term care, post-acute care, and behavioral health providers.

Principles and Strategy for Accelerating Health Information Exchange

ONC releases the results of its March 2013 RFI on interoperability and health information exchanges, and publishes its broad, long-range strategy on accelerating HIE adoption.

4 potential candidates to replace Mostashari

Government Health IT speculates on ONC internal and external candidates that may take the helm after Farzad Mostashari, MD, moves on. The list includes current Principal Deputy National Coordinator and former Baylor Health CIO David Muntz and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD.

The Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records

This month’s issue of The Hospitalist explores the EHR cut-and-paste dilemma through a fictional clinical scenario told from a physician’s perspective.

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  1. From the article on EHR testing for psyche care:

    “In 2004, Dr. David Brailer, the first ONC chief, called for creation of a voluntary certification program to overcome would-be EHR buyer’s reticence to purchase systems due to uncertainty about their quality. As a result, the not-for-profit Certification Commission for Health Information Technology was created to perform those early EHR system tests.”

    “RETICENCE TO PURCHASE…DUE TO UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THEIR QUALITY”

    Really????

    Certification still has nothjing to do with quality or safety and little to do with usability.

    That is why Siemens is eating crow having to send out two “Dear Client” Safety Alerts in the past week.

    Are these Soarian devices not certified? Just wonderin

  2. Less than 48 hrs after latest NUAN earnings call, Nuance stock being accumulated by Carl Icahn – according to updated 13G filing, he has nearly doubled his position from April to August….

    Originally posteded here back in April: …”Icahn currently holds a 9.3 percent stake in the company.”

    As of this morning (benzinga.com): “Amended 13G from Carl Icahn on Nuance Communications Shows 16.03% Stake, Had Shown 9.93% Stake as of Apr. 30th”

    I’m sure Mr. Icahn can juggle a few balls, but if I were a betting man, I’d wager on him remaining fairly passive (at least in public) while (a) Nuance results play out over next couple of quarters and (b) Dell buyout issue is resolved. Should be “interesting”.







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