5 most popular health IT stories in June 2017

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Here are the top five most-read health IT stories from June, beginning with the most popular.

1. OIG: CMS made $729.4M in erroneous EHR incentive payments

Medicare made approximately $729.4 million in EHR incentive payments to hospitals, physicians and other health professionals who did not comply with federal requirements, according to a report by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

2. Geisinger lays off 46 IT employees

Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System laid off 46 IT employees June 2 as part of a cost control measure.

3. VA secretary announces Cerner as next EHR

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will implement Cerner as its systemwide EHR, VA Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, said during a June 5 news briefing at the Washington, D.C.-based VA headquarters.

4. This is why some physicians 'hate' EMRs

While the healthcare industry has spent billions of dollars to make EMRs flexible and transferable, some physicians remain dissatisfied with them because they don't solve their biggest issue: documentation.

5. Medtronic faces global computer outage

Medtronic — a Dublin, Ireland-based medical technology company with operational headquarters in Minneapolis — is working to bring its IT systems back online after a global computer outage affected multiple Medtronic systems.

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