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Why EHR Clinical Decision Support Tools Need More Research

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Real-time, patient-specific clinical decision support tools should be integrated into physician workflow, especially given the near-ubiquitous adoption of EHRs. Despite this, physicians seen many barriers to integrating CDS tools into their EHRs,...

How Does a National Patient Identifier Help Cybersecurity?

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The latest call for a national patient identifier has come from an unlikely place — a hearing on healthcare cybersecurity convened by the House Subcommittee on Health. In written testimony for the hearing, “Examining Cybersecurity...

Making Health IT Interoperability More Concrete, Actionable

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On the national level, The Sequoia Project has made considerable headway in removing technical and legal barriers to health information exchange and data sharing, most recently with several organizations (e.g., Surescripts, Epic Systems, athenahealth)...

Incorporating Record Locator Services into Clinician EHR Use

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SSM Health in St. Louis recently made news in being the first organization to implement the Surescripts National Record Locator Service into its Epic EHR system. But hospital leadership is more concerned with the significance associated with...

Clinical Decision Support Decreases Sepsis Mortality in AL

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A pair of clinical informaticist consultants found clinical decision support (CDS) systems to have a positive impact on identifying instances of sepsis and reducing sepsis mortality at an Alabama hospital. According to the research published...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

ONC Releases Health IT Certification Surveillance Results

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Healthcare stakeholders can now view surveillance results for products in the Health IT Certification program on the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology’s (ONC) website, according to an official blog post....

Recent Ransomware Attacks Show Need for EHR Downtime Plans

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Ransomware attack led heart hospital in Kansas to pay hackers although no instances of EHR downtime are reported, according to Wichita's KWCH. The Kansas Heart Hospital experienced lost access to files last Wednesday evening at 9PM local...

Hospitals Use EHR Interoperability to Boost Care Coordination

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SSM Health, a St. Louis-based healthcare system, has launched the National Record Locator Service in efforts to improve care coordination through more comprehensive EHR interoperability measures, according to an official press release. The...

Unintended Consequences of MACRA Requirements for Doctors?

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) raised concerns about the unintended consequences of  MACRA implementation for physicians hoping to receive bonuses and at the very least avoid negative payment adjustments under the Merit-based Incentive...

Provider Consortium in OH Promotes Value-Based Care, EHR Use

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Many healthcare providers are starting to transition to value-based care, but, in order to do this, providers may need to assess EHR use to ensure that it promotes the care model and satisfies new health IT use regulations. While many larger...

Concerns, Questions Surround Erlanger Epic EHR Selection

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Documents ascertained under the Tennessee Open Records Act and shared with EHRIntelligence.com raise doubts about the recent EHR selection process at Erlanger Health System, a public health system in the state. On May 28, 2015, the health system's...

EHR Optimization a Focus of Upcoming ICD-10 Updates

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Many healthcare providers, whether reluctantly or not, have already implemented ICD-10 coding procedures and continued to provide care with the system in place. However, like many aspects of the industry, providers will need to prepare for upcoming...

Partners Epic Implementation Causing Headaches for Some

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The $1.2-billion Epic implementation at Partners HealthCare remains on schedule, but some of the early adopters of the health system's new EHR technology are reporting frustrations in learning and adapting to the new platform, according to...

How EHR Cloud-based Solutions Support Provider Independence

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A prevailing opinion in healthcare holds that myriad and increasing regulatory mandates make the task of operating an independent physician practice overly fraught with challenges and  likely not worth the risk. Jeremy Luckett, MD, of Vineyard...

How MIPS, APMs Work Under MACRA to Improve Value-Based Care

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While CMS highlights how the proposed MACRA rule is more streamlined than previous value-based care programs, many healthcare providers are still trying to digest the potential changes to Medicare reimbursement starting in 2019. In an attempt...

AHA Backs Thune Legislation to Meaningful Use Requirements

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On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) voiced its support of draft legislation aiming to remove change several aspects of meaningful use in 2016 and beyond. Specifically, AHA supports the removal of the pass/fail scoring system used...

$1.9M AHRQ Grant to Develop Clinical Decision Support Network

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded Research Triangle Institute with a $1.9 million grant to develop a clinical decision support learning network that helps patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) become more accessible...

Will MACRA Implementation Unfairly Affect Small Practices?

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The final rule for MACRA implementation — and with its provisions for both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) — is many months away, but concerns about its impact on the healthcare...

Cerner Embroiled in Lawsuits over Employee Wage Disputes

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Cerner Corporation, a leading EHR vendor, has allegedly neglected to pay employees for overtime hours, according to a KCUR 89.3 report. A Cerner employee has recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the healthcare technology company in Kansas...

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