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Health Information Technology

Successful health information networks and exchanges are essential in developing new, effective models of patient care delivery. Davis Wright offers an attorney team knowledgeable in both the health care and information technology industries, allowing us to provide strategic, leading-edge advice on all the contractual, financial and regulatory challenges associated with health information technology.

Our attorneys help health care clients implement, develop and manage the use of electronic health records, diagnostic tools, and IT software and hardware. To help clients defray the high costs of implementing health information networks, we guide them through Medicaid and Medicare meaningful use programs and other federal incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Along with devising financing models for clients, we help them overcome regulatory and compliance challenges and develop relationships vital for successful health information exchanges.

Bridging health care to technology
Our health information group works closely with our business, finance, intellectual property and other attorney teams to address the full range of issues related to health information technology. We have advised and guided clients on all aspects of health information technology solutions, including:

  • Purchasing and licensing of hardware, software, customized electronic solutions and other technology services
  • Special challenges of hosted technology systems such as cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and application service provider (ASP) models
  • Negotiating the full spectrum of operational contracts
  • Compliance with fraud and abuse laws when donating IT to potential referral sources
  • Structuring and participating in electronic health information exchanges

Our clients include traditional health care providers such as large hospital systems, health networks and local physician practice groups, as well as startups, major companies in technology, business and software industries, health information technology developers and vendors and telemedicine providers. We have negotiated agreements for the procurement of electronic health records and other information technology with all of the major HIT vendors, including Epic, Siemens, Cerner, Lawson, McKesson, GE Healthcare, NextGen, and Unisis.

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