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What Is the ONC Health IT Certification Program?

Health IT companies and innovators offer a number of different types of EHR technology and EHR-integrated health IT solutions to the provider community. These tools include everything from patient portals to voice recognition software, and they all aim to help providers deliver high quality care to satisfied, engaged patients. Health IT companies design technologies with an eye toward boosting...


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HIEs Consider Joining Ambitious ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

After months of development, ONC released its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft in an effort to push the healthcare industry closer toward its goal of achieving true interoperability characterized by advanced health...

3 Keys to a Successful Value-Based Care Implementation

The goals of value-based care are clear — improved population health, increased patient satisfaction, and reduced cost — but the means of getting there aren’t. Healthcare organizations are grappling with the transition from...

EMR v. EHR: Electronic Medical, Health Record Differences

The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate. Healthcare organizations and...

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...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

“Hospitals and physicians are now exchanging more electronic health information than ever before,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology told Congress in an annual report from early November....

Breakdown of Health IT Interoperability Standards, Organizations

The federal government has put in motion a ten-year plan for establishing a nationwide learning health system made possible through incremental improvements to healthcare interoperability. Who could stand opposed to a healthcare system that ensures...

Potential for Healthcare APIs to Revolutionize the Industry

Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide the means for one software program to access the services of another. Analogies abound for explaining how APIs work, but one that is particularly compelling is the wall socket analogy. Rather...

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...

Using Shared Decision-Making to Improve Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT As healthcare professionals face changing consumer demands and calls for increased patient engagement, many organizations are turning to shared decision-making as a key strategy for activating patients in their own treatment. According to the...

Artificial Intelligence Promises a New Paradigm for Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The speed with which artificial intelligence has become an inescapable component of every new technology offering is either highly encouraging or deeply troubling, depending on the observer’s zeal or trepidation around the notion of integrating...

Defending Against Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

HealthITSecurity Healthcare ransomware attacks have become a security nightmare for many organizations over the last couple of years. Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their systems, either by locking the systems’...

Using Health IT to Meet Medicaid Population Health, Socioeconomic Needs

HealthITAnalytics Despite the fact that one out of every five members of the United States population is covered under Medicaid, providers dedicated to serving this segment of the market can often feel as if they are operating in a slightly separate world....

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