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7/31/2015

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.

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BJC Healthcare, St. Louis
7/31/2015

Bend Memorial Clinic in Oregon will replace its Allscripts EHR platform with a platform from Epic next week. The provider has spent 14 months preparing for the transition and training staff members. The new platform will give patients online access to their EHRs through the MyChart patient portal.

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Bend Memorial Clinic, Oregon
7/31/2015

Healthbox has selected 10 startups to join its accelerator in Chicago. Among these are Human Practice, which has designed a mobile system for communication among physicians, and Guardian Health Technologies, which is developing a medical decision support tool.

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Healthbox
7/31/2015

A partnership was formed between Iora Health and Tufts Health Plan to open two practices in Boston that will offer coordinated primary care services to Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options patients. The collaboration will provide around-the-clock urgent care services and video chat, phone and e-mail connectivity to patients.

7/31/2015

A partnership has been formed between CVS Health and IBM to boost the care management services offered to chronically ill patients. Under the deal, health care practitioners will leverage IBM's Watson computer and predictive analytics to gather insights from health records, claims data and other sources to help patients achieve their health goals. The partnership also will identify at-risk patients whose health may be improved by customized, proactive engagement initiatives and encourage people to pursue healthy behaviors.

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IBM
7/31/2015

The Telemedicine Research Fund and Health Care Markets and Regulation Lab at Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy have received a grant worth $600,000 from Comprehensive Health Services, a provider of workforce medical services. The donation will help the facilities better study the practice of telemedicine in the U.S.

7/30/2015

MetroHealth said it has successfully exchanged 2.5 million patient records since it started operations in 2010. The network has already exchanged over 7,100 records with the Social Security Administration since May 2014 and around 400 with the Department of Veterans Affairs since June 2014.

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7/30/2015

A partnership was formed between ProSphere Tek and Medsphere to develop FileMan, an updated version of the File Manager used in the Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA EHR. FileMan is a part of the VA's efforts to modernize its EHR platform and to make it interoperable with the Defense Department's EHR system.

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Healthcare IT News
7/30/2015

CIOs and chief compliance officers should have "bring your own device" security strategies and policies that are prepared for Microsoft's release of Windows 10. The operating system includes security upgrades, but third-party analyses have found several risks as well, including a vulnerability to BIOS attacks. Organizations planning to put off Windows 10 will need to block BYOD users with Windows 10 devices, while those that will support the OS will need standards for security and authentication.

7/29/2015

Senate health committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said a bipartisan group is working with HHS to see what can be done to improve the EHR meaningful use program through executive orders. If needed, he said, Congress could develop legislation to address problems including the need for greater interoperability. Alexander said "precision medicine won't work very well if doctors can't easily use the information from your genome as they make their diagnosis or they transmit information."

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