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1. Pentagon chooses Cerner, Leidos for EHR modernization contract

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

The Defense Department has selected Leidos and Cerner for an EHR modernization contract that could last 10 years and be worth an estimated $11 billion overall. The winning team also includes Accenture and Henry Schein. Health Data Management (07/29)

2. Halamka: Why MU stage 3 should be delayed

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Postponing the final stage of EHR meaningful use would boost EHR adoption and promote advances in information exchange, HIT Standards Committee Co-chairman Dr. John Halamka said in an interview. Stages 1 and 2 have helped establish a foundation, but stage 3 includes standards that are not yet achievable, Halamka said. The certification rule for stage 3 would sow confusion, and more time is needed for the private sector to launch tools that meet stakeholders' business needs, he said. Health Data Management (07/27)

3. ONC awards grants for interoperability, population health, training

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Grants totaling $38 million will be given by the ONC to help 20 organizations establish initiatives highlighting population health, workforce training and interoperability. Around $29.6 million will go toward efforts to advance interoperability for health information exchange in 12 states. AcademyHealth will use $2.2 million to collaborate with 15 communities for the Community Health Peer Learning Program. Seven recipients will share $6.7 million to train health care workers in new health IT. Healthcare Informatics online (07/28)

4. CMS clarifies ICD-10 statement

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

The CMS has clarified a statement released with the American Medical Association on ICD-10 flexibility. The agency said the transition to the new codes will not be delayed, but claims with valid diagnosis codes from the right family of codes will not be denied based on poor specificity alone in the initial year of ICD-10. Healthcare Informatics online (07/28)

5. State prescription databases help curb opioid abuse

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Connecticut and nine other states require providers to check statewide patient databases before prescribing opioids, and advocates say that has helped to reduce abuse. Some states are sharing the information to prevent patients from crossing state lines to fill prescriptions, but a national database isn't likely, advocates say. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (07/23)

6. Agency releases guide to help HIT professionals secure mobile devices

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has drafted a guide to help health IT teams secure mobile devices used in health care. The guidance discusses the most serious risks to patient data and strategies for dealing with security attacks, and it calls for balancing security with ease of use for health care teams. CSO (07/27)

7. Measure would postpone stage 3 MU

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

A bill introduced by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., on Thursday would postpone the final stage of meaningful use, putting off rulemaking for stage 3 until 2017. The American Medical Association endorsed the proposal, saying that more flexibility is needed in MU standards and that the final stage needs to be aligned with other efforts to advance the health care system in the U.S. Healthcare Informatics online (07/30)

8. Report: Regulatory changes needed for Big Data genomic studies

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

A white paper from the Health IT Now Coalition and the Center for Data Innovation recommends regulatory changes to promote the success of the Precision Medicine Initiative and other Big Data genomics research. The report says the U.S. should help patients and providers share health data, promote conversations with patients and the private sector about genomic research, and change HIPAA regulations to base penalties on harm done rather than the number of records breached. Health Data Management (07/27)

9. DOD set to award $10.5B EHR contract

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

The Defense Department this week will announce the recipient of a $10.5 billion contract for the modernization of its Military Health System clinical systems. Three health IT vendors -- Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Cerner and Epic Systems -- are competing for the contract. The EHR modernization contract is expected to address the interoperability problems faced by the DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/29) EHR Intelligence (07/27)

10. Computer outage hits Mo. provider

Health IT SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

BJC HealthCare in St. Louis experienced an outage for 20 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday that prevented access to computer functions such as scheduling, e-mail and EHRs in all of the health system's 13 hospitals. The Washington Times (07/30)

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