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How Surescripts Lays the Foundation for a Value-Based Care System

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders in the public and private sector have their sights set on delivering high-quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs through the establishment of a value-based care system. The industry ...These solutions are designed to address the clinical, financial, and administrative sides of prescribing to help providers make better-informed clinical decisions without adding administrative or financial burden. Since its inception in 200...

Improving EHR Data Quality, Clinical Workflows for MIPS Success

by Kate Monica

Optimizing EHR data quality is top-of-mind as healthcare organizations continue to adjust to the regulatory changes that accompany healthcare’s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care. Eligible clinicians participating in ...

Achieving a Network-of-Networks with Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

The concept of a network-of-networks lies at the center of several stakeholder efforts to achieve true interoperability. Stakeholders in the public and private sector have touted the benefits of a nationwide network-of-networks for years. N...

Preparing AI-Powered Virtual Assistants to Improve EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR usability continue to counter the potential benefits of EHR systems and leave physicians, nurses, administrators, and patients by and large feeling dissatisfied and frustrated with the technology. While patient EHRs contai...

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 ...

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