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Updated federal HIT certification criteria highlights data sharing, broader applicability

The final rule detailing the 2015 edition certification criteria for EHRs, released Oct. 6, is structured differently from prior editions and focuses more on interoperability throughout the "care continuum," not just on the Meaningful Use program, according to officials with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Senators propose bill to create health IT rating system

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La., pictured) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced a bill to help ensure that certified health IT systems work as promised. upgrade aims to make it easier to compare health insurance plans by price

An upgrade to the government's health insurance website should streamline consumer searches for information on doctors, medications and plan costs,  according to The Associated Press.

ONC: Consumer online access to health records on the rise

Patients' engagement with their electronic health records is increasing, according to two recently published data briefs from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Yale researchers tap Apple ResearchKit to study heart condition

In a quest to investigate cardiomyopathy, Yale School of Medicine researchers are launching a study using the Apple iPhone and ResearchKit platform to gain a deeper understanding of the heart muscle ailment.

'Sky is the limit' for health providers who use social media

Social media can be a minefield, but platforms such as  Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter can also provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with an array of previously unheard-of advantages and the ability to confer with other professionals--no matter where they are in the world. 

Humana CIO: Allow consumers to get what they want, when they want it

​Humana is switching gears, moving away from a health-benefits mindset to one more focused on the consumer.  That's the main takeaway from Humana CIO Brian LeClaire's latest  column on,  in which he emphasizes the company's goal to get consumers what they want, when they want it.

Senate hearing on EHRs focuses on Meaningful Use problems, interoperability

In what Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called a "wrap-up session" during a hearing Oct. 1, focused on electronic healthcare records, the health committee chairman outlined five reasons to delay finalizing Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.

5 reasons to make peace with ICD-10

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Membership models appeal to nearly half of PCPs, survey finds

Citing frustrations with third-party payers and inadequate time to spend with patients, nearly half (46 percent) of primary care physicians who participated in a recent survey said they would consider transitioning to direct pay, concierge or other membership models in the next three years.