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NextGen Healthcare client Williamette Valley Providers Health Authority (OR) deploys a clinical decision support tool developed by the Clinical Decision Support Consortium that takes a request for CDS from NextGen Ambulatory EHR, delivers it to an enterprise clinical rules service at Partners HealthCare for analysis, and immediately returns recommendations within the NextGen application. The Consortium is composed of several provider organizations and EHR vendors, including Partners HealthCare and NextGen, and aims to establish nationwide consistencies for CDS recommendations. The “cool” factor here: community-based physicians have access to CDS data from a large academic medical center across the county and have recommendations available at the point of care.

ZirMed partners with EHR Integration Services to provide Allscripts PM and GE Centricity Group Management customers integration with ZirMed’s RCM, clinical communications, and analytics solutions.

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Family physicians top the list of the most highly recruited doctors, followed by internal medicine specialists, according to a report by physician research firm Merritt Hawkins. Also of note: hospital employment of physicians continues to grow, increasing from 11 percent of physicians in 2004 to 64 percent in 2013, and, quality based incentives are included in 39 percent of new physician assignments, up from seven percent in 2011.

NYC REACH, the REC for New York City, assigns Aprima Medical Meaningful Use Champion status in its Vendor Recognition Program.

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The majority of medical students use a tablet, smartphone, and computer routinely in a professional or academic capacity, according to an Epocrates survey of future physicians. Fifty-four percent use a tablet as part of their medical training, up from 23 percent a year ago.

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HIMSS names eClinicalWorks customer White River Family Practice (VT) winner of the 2013 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for its success in improving quality of care and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated ROI. Since its EMR implementation, the practice has documented improvements in several of its quality of care objectives, including the percentage of patients receiving smoking cessation intervention, screened for alcohol use, receiving pneumococcal vaccines, and seen weekly with IVD or diabetes receiving AntiThrombic treatment.

Allscripts announces the GA of Allscripts Professional EHR 13.0, which is ONC 2014-certified and supports both Stage 1 and 2 MU requirements.

Kristi Syling (Vanguard Health Systems) joins PerfectServe as compliance officer.

NextGen Healthcare releases an updated version of its Patient Portal, which incorporates Spanish and two dialects of Chinese.

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Kareo tops Black Book’s list of Top 20 Seamless Software Vendors for EHR, Practice Management, and RCM, earning a number one ranking in nine of 18 evaluation criteria and achieving a top five ranking in all categories.

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Horizon Eye Care (NC) adopts InteliChart Patient Portal.

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Visitors to this year’s Minnesota State Fair can leave with more than oversized stuff animals and fried food hangovers, thanks to BCBS of Minnesota. BCBS is handing out  vouchers for free e-visits through its Online Care Anywhere website.

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EMR/PM provider Visualutions will resell Wellcentive’s population health management and data analytics solutions to FQHCs.

California lawmakers reject a law that would allow nurse practitioners to work autonomously. Nurse practitioners are allowed to practice independently in 17 states and the District of Columbia, but California physician groups lobbied against the proposed legislation in their state.

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Athenahealth unveils its plan to transform its newly purchased Arsenal on the Charles complex to include 150,000 square feet of office space, walking and biking paths connecting to the nearby Charles River, outdoor meeting spaces, a museum, parks, a farmers market, an accelerator space to incubate small HIT start-ups, restaurants, and, my personal favorite, a beer garden. No doubt the planned improvements will be a draw for prospective employees, especially those considering competing opportunities in Silicon Valley or Verona, WI.

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