10 most-read health IT stories in November

The following are the 10 most popular health IT stories from Becker's Hospital Review in November.

1. Epic responds to Mother Jones criticism
In October, Mother Jones published an article attacking Epic, saying the EHR vendor has not delivered on the industrywide goal of connecting patient health records and optimizing digitization in healthcare. Now, Epic has written a response to Mother Jones in which the vendor refutes the claims made in the original article, saying the story was written using misinformation. Read more

2. Epic under investigation for information blocking in Connecticut
The Connecticut State Attorney General is investigating Epic Systems' information sharing practices after independent medical groups accused hospital networks of using EHRs to control patient referrals and steer patients back to their networks. Read more

3. How Steve Jobs would change today's healthcare system
Steve Jobs is widely lauded as the world's most innovative person and one of the world's greatest minds. His contributions to the technology world are unparalleled, and Apple currently is the world's most valuable company. Forbes ranked the company No. 1 on its list of World's Most Valuable Brands in May 2015, reporting a market cap of $741.8 billion. He was at the forefront of the technological revolution. As healthcare is in the middle of its own digital transformation, it begs the question, what would Mr. Jobs think of today's healthcare industry? Read more

4. Jumping ship: Why hospitals switch EHR vendors & how to handle the aftermath
Selecting and implementing an EHR is a serious commitment. Hospitals and health systems invest multiple years and millions of dollars in these systems that serve as the lynch pin of how health data is stored and shared. But, not all commitments stand the test of time. What happens when an organization decides to look elsewhere for an EHR vendor? Read more

5. Walgreens selects Epic EHR for healthcare clinics
Retail healthcare giant Walgreens plans to transition to Epic's EHR platform in its more than 400 healthcare clinics across the country. Read more

6. Cerner president Zane Burke: Why clients are switching EHRs from 'our primary competitor'
Cerner reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2015 and held a related conference call Tuesday, but company executives didn't just talk about their own company during the call. Cerner President Zane Burke offered some insight and analysis on their "primary competitor" and hypothesized why some of those clients are migrating to Cerner's offerings. Read more

7. Cerner questions ousted Mizzou chancellor's role in Tiger Institute
Amid the leadership changes occurring at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner is examining the proposed transition for R. Bowen Loftin, former chancellor of the university. Read more

8. ProMedica CIO Rose Ann Laureto talks Epic 2 days after go-live
"The mere fact that I can sit here today on Wednesday and chat for 30 minutes after going live on Monday is significant," Rose Ann Laureto, CIO of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica, told Becker's Hospital Review in an interview. Read more

9. Texas man pleads guilty to fraud scheme involving sale of Cerner MRI
A man who allegedly participated in a fraud scheme in which he claimed to work for health technology vendor Cerner pleaded guilty in federal court. Read more

10. NewYork-Presbyterian's Aurelia Boyer on how being CIO is kind of like being the president of the US
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been a champion of healthcare innovation. The hospital recently launched the NewYork-Presbyterian Innovation Center to deliver both clinician- and consumer-facing solutions to enhance care delivery. In 2014, NYP hosted the first hackathon for New York City hospitals. Aurelia Boyer, RN, senior vice president and CIO of NYP, has led the hospital through on this journey toward healthcare's future. Read more

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