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The White House signs the VA Electronic Health Record Transparency Act of 2021, which requires the VA to report the costs of its EHR modernization project to congressional committees each quarter. The report will also include a breakout of project funding sources.

The VA must also submit quality, performance, safety, and value metrics, along with a list of patient safety reports, incidents, alerts, or disclosures.

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Poll respondents are skeptical that Oracle’s acquisition of Cerner will improve cost or quality.

New poll to your right or here: How important to you personally is telehealth today versus in 2019? I realized while posing the question is that it hasn’t changed for me – I’ve yet to have a telehealth visit, although I wouldn’t be opposed to it as an alternative to the physician office visits that I rarely require.

I’m surprised to see pundits who confidently state that Larry Ellison is CEO of Oracle, a position he hasn’t held since 2014.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Myriad Genetics will integrate its provider genetic test ordering and resulting program with Epic.


Healthcare Triangle launches a digital front door app for users of Epic’s MyChart.




Healthcare Growth Partners hires Brooks McElveen, MS (New Capital Partners) as VP.

Announcements and Implementations

Microsoft will collaborate with Volpara Health Technologies on AI-powered detection and quantification of breast arterial calcification.

PerfectServe will further develop its cloud-based call center solution.

Baker Tilly and MedeAnalytics develop Service Line Data Signs, an easy-to-use analytics solution for supply and pharmacy expenses.



CHOP SVP/CIO Shakeeb Akhter recaps the health system’s recent conversion from Ascom phones to Epic communications, including secure messaging, Voalte voice calling, and Rover alerts and alarms.

Sponsor Updates

  • OptimizeRx extends the reach of its omni-channel medication adherence platform through a partnership with pharma marketing technology company Equals 5.
  • Pivot Point Consulting promotes Nicole Gerten to senior operations specialist.
  • Protenus has received the highest overall performance score for its drug diversion surveillance solution in the recent KLAS Drug Diversion Monitoring report.
  • Symplr announces the winners of its 2022 Lean Human Capital Elite Honor Roll program.
  • Premier has named Henry Ford Health the winner of the 2022 Premier Alliance Excellence Award.
  • TigerConnect and its Critical Alert business have announced that Mount Nittany Health nurse Jodie McClure, RN has won its Nurses at the Heart of Healthcare contest.
  • VisiQuate expands its Payer Action Center to help providers reclaim millions in unpaid claims.
  • The following HIStalk Sponsors will exhibit at HFMA through June 29 in Denver: AGS Health, Arrive Health, Availity, Change Healthcare, Experian Health, Iodine Software, Nym Health, Olive, Optum, Oracle Cerner, Premier, Tegria, VisiQuate.

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Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Re: VA reporting.
    I think any major project should be setup
    With this level of transparency. Having to report on status and metrics should be a given.

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  1. Agreed, The VA is using CCDAs today for outbound communication and they started with C32s back in 2012. Looked at…

  2. Part of my attitude relates to an experience I had. And this was within a single HIS. I wanted to…

  3. For what it's worth, the VA currently releases C-CDA (or HITSP C-32...my memory fails me) via eHealth Exchange and has…

  4. Unfortunately, I can't disagree with anything you wrote. It is important that they get this right for so many reasons,…

  5. Going out on a limb here. Wouldn't Oracle's (apparent) interoperability strategy, have a better chance of success, than the VA's?…

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