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Understanding Effect of EHR Usability on Clinical Workflows

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Providers use EHRs to perform everyday clinical tasks, manage their workflows, and participate in federal incentive programs such as meaningful use. Because these tools have so many purposes, it is vital that they are navigable and easy-to-use....

Top 3 Most Challenging Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

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Since finalizing the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received numerous calls for a pause in the program. Industry stakeholders argue that the program is too demanding and burdensome...

Improving EHR Adoption, Use through International Example

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Physician-facing EHR adoption is thriving around the globe although health information exchange and patient portal adoption are low, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Informatics Association. The study was conducted as...

DirectTrust Hopeful for Impending ONC EHR Certification Rule

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EHR oversight and certification may be best left in the hands of ONC, according to DirectTrust. According to the DirectTrust President & CEO, David Kibbe, MD, MBA, the EHR industry’s self-oversight may not be enough to ensure technology...

FTC Finalizes Order to EHR Vendor in Consumer Deception Case

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued its final order against EHR vendor Practice Fusion following allegations that the EHR cloud-based company had misled consumers about physician reviews and their publication in an online physician...

3 Steps for Ensuring Provider Success under MACRA

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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is about to revolutionize reimbursement for providers of Medicare Part B services. MACRA, which replaces the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), links the majority of fee-for-service...

EHR Use May Not be Adequate for Precision Medicine Research

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Precision medicine research may not be making the process it once strive for, and EHR use could be one of the culprits. According to a recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, precision medicine research...

Could Reduced Physician EHR Use Improve Quality Healthcare?

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Despite some of their benefits, reducing the emphasis on physician EHR use may be key to improving patient care. In a recent op-ed published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, authors Donna M. Zulman, MD, MS, Nigam H. Shah, MBBS,...

EHR Vendors Operationalize Carequality Interoperability Plan

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Epic Systems, athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, and other major EHR vendors are among some of the recent adopters of the Carequality Interoperability Framework to go live with the information sharing resource, fostering better transmission of health...

4 EHR Best Practices for Improving Clinical Workflows

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EHR systems and their ability to improve clinical workflows is a heated point of debate between different healthcare professionals. Some believe EHRs are critical for improving clinical workflows while others say they are a hindrance. Despite...

Clinical Workflow Progress Vital to Boost Health IT Quality

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For 78 percent of healthcare quality experts, improved clinical workflow and efficiency are the keys to boosting health information technology quality. In a recent survey conducted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), healthcare quality...

DeSalvo to Leave Post as National Coordinator

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Karen DeSalvo, MD, will be leaving her post as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, according to a recent announcement from HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. DeSalvo has left behind a legacy of advanced health IT interoperability...

EHR Use Fuels Research, Interventions to Close Gaps in Care

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EHR use is helping to drive research aimed at improving racial, socioeconomic, and geographic gaps in care. In a paper recently published in Health Affairs, researchers detail inequities in quality healthcare and discuss the methods by which...

Increasing Health IT, EHR Investment Runs Up Practice Costs

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Health IT and EHR investments are costing physician-owned multispecialty practices thousands of dollars per physician, according to a new report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The 2016 MGMA Cost and Revenue Report shows...

Do Gaps in Health IT Security Laws Stunt Technology Innovation?

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Gaps in privacy and security law may be hindering the development and expansion of health IT and EHR use across the industry, a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology suggests. The report details...

Arizona Overpays $14M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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A new report from the Office of the Inspector General shows that Arizona may have made significant overpayments for its Medicaid EHR Incentive Program totaling to $14,830,859. According to the report, Arizona has been making both over payments...

3 Barriers Limiting EHR Data Use for Patient Safety Research

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New research shows that EHR data use for clinical improvement and patient safety research comes with several challenges. In a recent case study of three different commercially-available EHRs, researchers identified three barriers to using EHR...

Payment Rule to Change Clinical Quality Measure Requirements

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The final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) brings significant changes to electronic clinical quality measures reporting for hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs....

Do EHR Vendors Influence User’s Health Information Exchange?

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Are EHR vendors to blame for lacking health data interoperability and health information exchange? Recent research published in Health Affairs suggests they may be. According to researchers Jordan Everson and Julia Adler-Milstein, hospitals in...

Physician Feedback Key to EHR Usability Improvements

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In order to improve physician EHR use, health IT developers need to take into consideration the needs of end users and practice managers. New research shows that developers can improve EHR usability when they collect user feedback periodically....

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