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Improving Clinical Data Integrity through EHR Documentation

Findings from a recent EHR usability study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) once brought to the fore the problem of clinical documentation in the digital age of healthcare. The study of EHR use, particularly copy-and-paste functionality, led to three major findings. First, clinicians participating in the study were concerned about EHR data integrity as...


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How EHR Technology Definitions Influence EHR Use Statistics

On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

What Clinical Quality Measures Mean to Healthcare Providers

Throughout the healthcare landscape, providers and hospitals must navigate various different incentive programs and quality improvement programs, with which come numerous requirements for clinical quality measures. However, provided the vast...

What Is EHR Optimization, How Does It Start?

So much of the focus of an EHR implementation is on the go-live and plenty of hustle and bustle precedes a practice's launch of a new EHR technology. However, the digital journey has only just begun at that point and what follows to sustain...

Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done...

What Is MACRA and What It Means to Providers, EHR Technology

More than a year has passed since Congress voted to enact the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Department of Health & Human Services issued its notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation. At its most...

Why a Thin Line Separates EHR Optimization, EHR Replacement

For the past years, industry analysts have predicted a rise in EHR replacement activities that have failed to come to fruition. Most recent reports now point to a shift in the thinking of healthcare organizations and providers about their current...

Return on Investment Remains a Problem for Meaningful Use

A mixture of surprise and relief likely met the recent revelation by the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding serious changes to meaningful use requirements that will bring the EHR Incentive Programs more in...

How Eligible Providers Performed in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Much of the pushback for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule stems from the experience of meaningful use eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in Stage 2 meaningful use, which led many to call for and eventually receive concessions...

How Healthcare Providers Can Benefit from Cloud Data Migration

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations seeking a flexible and secure strategy for storing and accessing their data assets are increasingly turning to cloud data migration.   While lower setup and maintenance costs are one of the initial attractions of...

Mental Health Data Security Critical in HIPAA Compliance

HealthITSecurity Mental healthcare is becoming an increasingly critical national issue. Covered entities and business associates that specialize in mental health are required to adhere to HIPAA regulations for maintaining, transferring, or sharing mental health...

After EHR Adoption, Revenue Cycle Technology Modernization Begins

RevCycleIntelligence Electronic health records (EHRs) revolutionized the way healthcare organizations collect, analyze, and report patient and practice data. And now that nearly 97 percent of hospitals and almost three-quarters of providers are using certified EHR...

How Hospitals Can Raise Patient Satisfaction, CAHPS Scores

PatientEngagementHIT Healthcare organizations with high patient satisfaction and CAHPS scores see a multitude of benefits. High patient satisfaction scores usually result in higher reimbursement payments from CMS, better patient retention rates, and the assurance...

How Do Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Differ in Healthcare?

HealthITAnalytics If the futurists, visionaries, and venture capitalists are to be believed, artificial intelligence is right on the cusp of becoming the most important breakthrough for healthcare since penicillin.  Self-driving cars, scary-smart advertising,...

FHIR Finally Brings the Internet to Bear on Healthcare’s Big Data

HealthITAnalytics Few modern technologies have been quite as transformational as the internet.  Pervading every facet of daily life, the information superhighway that society has come to know and love – and occasionally loathe – has enabled a...

How to Design and Develop a Mobile Health Application

mHealthIntelligence Healthcare providers looking to establish an mHealth strategy for patient or provider engagement likely see a mobile health application or two as a good place to start. Mobile health applications allow healthcare providers to connect with patients...

What is a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA)?

HealthITSecurity With the continued growth of healthcare data and a higher degree of interoperability between provider systems, HIPAA covered entities will need to form partnerships with other organizations to ensure the security of their data assets. These partnerships...

Using Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) for Healthcare Data Security

HITInfrastructure Healthcare is going mobile and clinicians are utilizing more advanced devices as they cut their cords. But as staff members move around more freely, how can providers ensure that their patients’ protected health information (PHI) stays...

Leveraging Group Purchasing for Hospital Supply Chain Management

RevCycleIntelligence Good things may come in small packages, but hospitals and health systems on the smaller end of the spectrum oftentimes face higher hospital supply chain costs because of their size. Larger hospitals and health systems tend to have more power...

Patient Engagement Strategies for Post-Discharge Follow-Up Care

PatientEngagementHIT Follow-up care after the discharge process is an important part of improving patient outcomes. In order to successfully guide patients through their recovery, providers must employ the same patient engagement strategies that have been proven...

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