10 Most Read Health IT Stories of 2013

Here are the 10 most popular health IT stories reported by Becker's Hospital Review in 2013, beginning with the most-read.

1. Sutter Health's EHR System Inaccessible for Part of Monday
Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health's $1 billion Epic electronic health record system was inaccessible for part of Aug. 26 following a planned upgrade.

2. Wake Forest Baptist CFO Says Troubled Epic Implementation Led to Lower Credit Rating
Standard & Poor's has lowered Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's debt rating from AA- to A+, largely due to the hospital's troubled implementation of its Epic EHR system.

3. 20 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Follow on Twitter
Social media has revolutionized the way Americans share information. Sites like Twitter give healthcare leaders an unprecedented opportunity to connect with both industry professionals and patients, and shape the national healthcare conversation.

4. The No. 1 Healthcare App in the U.S.
Currently, the most-downloaded healthcare app in the United States is a medical image-sharing app.

5. Epic Faces Class-Action Suit Over Overtime Pay
A former employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against Epic Systems, accusing the EHR giant of violating labor laws by denying eligible workers overtime pay.

6. Report: The 8 EHR Vendors Physicians Are Switching To
According to a Black Book Rankings survey of physician practices that have been experiencing "deal-breaking dissatisfaction" with their electronic health records system, 81 percent are currently on track to replace the system within 12 months.

7. Kaiser Permanente Data Breach Affects 49k
Approximately 49,000 patients have been notified of a data breach at Kaiser Permanente's Anaheim (Calif.) Medical Center.

8. Report: The 20 Most Popular EHRs
Capterra, an online service that facilitates the purchase of business software, has released a report detailing the top 20 most popular electronic health record systems.

9. Mayo Clinic's App and the Future of Patient Engagement
For the want of a map, Mayo Clinic ended up with a popular app that's poised to increase Mayo Clinic's ability to keep patients engaged and healthy.  

10. Providence Health Initiates Layoffs to Offset New EMR-Related Hires
Spokane, Wash.-based Providence Health and Services has initiated layoffs at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont., and St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, Mont., in part to offset new employees hired to maintain the electronic medical record system.

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