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Paragon EHR Users Split on Effects of Allscripts Acquisition

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A new KLAS report found McKesson Paragon EHR system users are equally split on whether the Allscripts-McKesson acquisition will lead to real improvements for the software. KLAS surveyed McKesson Paragon users including hospital CIOs, directors,...

EHR Companies Deny Data Blocking, Defend Interoperability Fees

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The EHR Association (EHRA) Executive Committee has fired back at accusations that EHR companies are partially to blame for interoperability problems, claiming health data exchange is progressing quickly. The association published a response to...

$178M Cerner EHR System Under Review After Persistent Problems

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British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix is launching an independent review of Island Health’s Cerner EHR system, marking the system’s second review in a little over a year. The $178 million Cerner EHR system — called IHealth...

How Efficient EHR Use Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

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Effective EHR use can improve care coordination, streamline daily clinical processes, and save hospitals money. However, EHR systems continue to receive blame for contributing to rising rates of physician burnout, a deteriorating patient-provider...

Mayo Clinic Offers Symptoms Assessment Tool in Epic EHR

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Mayo Clinic is now offering its secure, web-based symptom assessment tool Ask Mayo Clinic through Epic MyChart to assist patients in managing their own care. The tool is available 24/7 through any computer or mobile device with internet access....

Effective HIE Use, Federal Incentives May Save Medicare Billions

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A new study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame found health information exchanges (HIEs) could save Medicare billions, reducing healthcare spending by more than $3 billion a year. The study by Idris Adjerid, Julia Adler-Milstein,...

Surescripts, Allscripts Collaborate to Assist Hurricane Irma Victims

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Surescripts and Allscripts have partnered to provide free access to patient-specific medication history data for pharmacists in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for a limited time. The health information network and...

Scribes Improve Physician Satisfaction, EHR Clinical Documentation

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The authors of a new study published in the September issue of Annals of Family linked medical scribes with improving all aspects of physician satisfaction, including satisfaction with patient encounters and clinical documentation accuracy. Gidwani...

House Subcommittee Okays Bill to Reduce Provider EHR Use Burden

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The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday approved legislation to remove a requirement from the HITECH Act that increases the stringency of meaningful use standards for EHR use overtime. The bill is designed specifically “to...

AHRQ, PCORI to Fund Learning Health System Research, Training

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The Agency of Research and Quality (AHRQ) is teaming up with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to award grants of up to $8 million to nearly a dozen career development programs in an effort to promote a sustainable learning...

Epic Share Everywhere Enables Worldwide Interoperability

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Epic today announced a new innovation to improve worldwide interoperability with Share Everywhere — a solution allowing patients to authorize any provider with internet access to view their health record. As part of Share Everywhere, patients...

UMass Memorial to Invest $700M in Epic Implementation

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UMass Memorial Health plans to invest approximately $700 million in its Epic EHR implementation process over the next decade. The current EHR systems in place at UMass hospitals and healthcare facilities often lack interoperability, slowing health...

ONC Pushes Public Health Agencies to Improve HIE Integration

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An ONC resource on how public health agencies utilize health information exchange (HIE) integration contains best practices and insights using interviews from public health agencies in 16 jurisdictions. The findings detailed in the report focus...

Primary Care Doctors Spending 6 Hours Daily on EHR Data Entry

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A new study by the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association (AMA) found primary care physicians spend almost six hours on EHR data entry during a typical 11.4 hour workday. Research by Arndt et al. published in the Annals...

UI Trustees Debate Value of $62M Epic EHR Replacement Deal

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University of Illinois (UI) is set to sign off on a $62-million EHR replacement contract to upgrade its best-of-breed, 20-year old EHR technology to a single Epic system. Implementing the Epic system at UI hospitals in Chicago should simplify...

EHR Use, CPOE System Use Common at Majority of US Hospitals

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A study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHSP) found 99 percent of surveyed hospitals participate in EHR use, while about 96 percent of hospitals use computerized prescriber order-entry (CPOE)...

Improving Provider Satisfaction in the Post-HITECH Era

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A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the impact of the HITECH Act on EHR adoption and advised policymakers on ways to improve provider satisfaction and health IT innovation in the post-HITECH era.   Co-authors...

Yale to Integrate State Prescription Drug Data into Epic EHR

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Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have partnered with the State of Connecticut and a technology vendor to integrate data from the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPRMS) into its Epic EHR in an effort...

EHR Use Prevalent Among Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016

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A new ONC data brief exploring EHR adoption, use, and interoperability in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) found 64 percent of facilities used EHRs to manage patient health data in 2016. The data brief marks a first at ONC in measuring SNF EHR...

Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

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The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer.  ...

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