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How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Identifying ways to curb the nationwide opioid epidemic is a top priority among state health departments and federal entities including CMS and ONC. An opioid roadmap released by CMS earlier this summer listed several strategies for reducin...

How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased admini...

How to Optimize EHR Downtime Preparedness, Reduce Slowdowns

by Kate Monica

With EHR use now nearly ubiquitous across healthcare organizations, the prospect of a sudden, sustained period of EHR downtime disrupting hospital operations has crept to the forefront of industry concerns.  In 2018, several healthcare...

How to Boost Clinical Efficiency During Health IT Adoption

by Kate Monica

Introducing new technologies into physicians’ offices, emergency departments, and hospital rooms gives clinicians opportunities to optimize clinical efficiency, access accurate health data, and deliver high-quality patient care. But t...

EHR Downtime Drives TN Hospital to Invest in Backup System

by Kate Monica

Tennessee-based Blount Memorial Hospital is investing $30,000 in a backup system for its physicians group after a three-day episode of EHR downtime shut down its network in early May. The system-wide outage affected nearly 90 physicians and...

Collaboration Critical for Improving CDI Across Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) needs are quickly becoming a top issue for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for nationwide interoperability continues to grow. Improving CDI will have long-lasting effects on the indu...

Focusing on Patient Care to Fuel Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

Having true healthcare interoperability nationwide has been a key goal for industry stakeholders for years, and recent federal initiatives and evolving technologies are helping to accomplish that goal.   Different healthcare organizati...

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR m...

Harnessing Effective EHR Use for Improved Patient Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving EHR use can help reduce physician burnout and strengthen the patient care process. When healthcare providers understand how to best leverage new technologies and are able to adopt and implement an integrated EHR system, both patie...

How Web-Based EHR Systems Save Community Hospitals Money

by Kate Monica

More and more health IT companies are working to develop affordable EHR system offerings geared toward meeting the needs of small, rural, and community hospitals. Enterprise health IT companies such as Epic and Cerner — which formerly...

Refining Patient Matching Process for Stronger Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations understand that patient matching is an important aspect of the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, but providers must ensure they have the right tools to accurately identify patients and then ...

How Health Data Exchange Prepares Clinicians for Care Challenges

by Kate Monica

Without access to health data exchange, clinicians risk missing out on key patient information and running into problems with adverse drug reactions, duplicative testing, and medication errors during care delivery. Providers at hospita...

Patient Data Access Next Step in Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for nationwide healthcare interoperability has been fueled by organizations integrating EHRs and working toward as smooth of a transition as possible into the digital era. Now that the technological aspect is there, it is becoming ...

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

by Kate Monica

In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a new...Similarly, the new MyHealthEData initiative spearheaded by the Trump Administration and supported by CMS, ONC, VA, and other federal agencies supports improved health data access. “We love to see that patients have meaningful control ...Biden recommended policymakers include legislation in forthcoming information blocking rules mandating that healthcare organizations enable complete EHR patient access within 24 hours of a request. According to a recently released Unified A...

AHIMA Fuels Clinical Documentation Improvement with New Toolkits

by Elizabeth Snell

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps healthcare organizations capture meaningful data for improved quality reporting and clinician productivity. In an effort to ensure that the entire patient record is documented properly, AHIMA r...

Leveraging Provider Communication for Better Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

With EHR systems now commonplace in hospitals and health systems nationwide, many healthcare organizations are turning their attention and resources toward EHR optimization to improve care coordination. Before Vanderbilt University Medical ...

Will Specializing EHR Interfaces Solve the EHR Usability Problem?

by Kate Monica

The arduous process of integrating EHR technology into doctors’ offices has introduced clinicians to a new world of complex daily challenges, and the present lack of EHR usability only serves to exacerbate the problem. Stakeholders ar...“The interfaces of EHRs are always referred to as clunky,” Boyd told EHRIntelligence.com. “People interact with well-designed and seamless tools like mobile phones and web browsers, but the problem with EHRs is the design ...Physicians in the study preferred collapsible EHR notes that highlighted abnormal information with colored text and bold font.  The EHR note design helped to reduce clutter and enabled physicians to quickly locate the most relevant and...

How Clinician Engagement Can Make or Break an EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

A poorly-executed EHR implementation project can cause myriad problems for healthcare organizations ranging from financial trouble to internal conflicts between hospital management and staff. In the months after an EHR system go-live, hospi...Prioritizing Clinician Feedback in EHR Selection Selecting the EHR vendor that best suits the specific needs of a certain healthcare organization’s patients and providers is key to successfully pulling off an EHR implementation. Virtu... Clinician Engagement During, After Implementation Virtua’s Epic EHR implementation project team comprised about 150 staff members dedicated to enabling as smooth a deployment as possible. “Probably somewhere around 40 to 5...Virtua began training its clinicians on the system after the go-live — an imperative and oft-overlooked aspect of the EHR implementation process that can either set health systems up for success or failure. Texas-based Medical Center ...

How EHR Use Enables Effective Responses to Public Health Crises

by Kate Monica

Last year, providers at hospitals and health systems across the country faced major care challenges when dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the northern California wildfires. The ...With expectations to treat higher-than-normal patient volumes, health center officials immediately made efforts to leverage all communication, analytics, and health data exchange tools available through Petaluma’s eClinicalWorks EHR s...Currently, there is no regional health information organization (RHIO) or statewide HIE in Petaluma’s area. Petaluma and other community health centers in the region engage in health data exchange through a connection to the Redwood C...

How CommonWell Adapts to Constant Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

At the start of 2018, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced health IT innovation would be a top priority among stakeholders. Three months into the year, this assertion has proven true: Google, Amazon, Apple, and other tech titans have sou...TEFCA and the Changing HIE Ecosystem The health data exchange community — especially health information exchanges — are still coming to terms with the implications of ONC’s health data exchange framework, TEFCA. The still-...Asnaani sees several ways of sidestepping problems with incomplete or erroneous information. “There’s three things you can do,” he said. “First, you can get everyone to have a better level of data in the first place....

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