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POTUS Budget Proposes Eliminating AHRQ, Reducing ONC Funding

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President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for major sweeping reforms at HHS in order to balance the federal budget, most notably repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicaid. Less eye-catching but equally...

2017 KLAS Report Names Epic, InterSystems Worldwide Frontrunners

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EHR purchasing spiked worldwide with Epic Systems and InterSystems snagging more clients than their competitors in 2016, according to the most recent KLAS global EHR market share report. Research shows the factors fueling most global EHR purchasing...

ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

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Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) spoke out about the ransomware attack that caused a hospital EHR outage spanning six weeks. The New York hospital recently shared its cautionary tale with a local newspaper, painting a grim picture of the...

CVS Among Newest Additions to Surescripts Medication Service

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Surescripts now covers nearly 240 million patients after expanding its Medication History for Panel Management data service to six more pharmacies, the organization announced Monday. The health information network will provide prescription data...

Physician EHR Changes Improve Test Ordering, Patient Safety

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A nationwide initiative to cut down on test ordering in hospitals has recently proven to cut costs and reduce instances of patient harm through simple modifications to physician EHR use. The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the American...

Siemens Partnership Connects Test Results to EHR Systems

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Siemens Healthineers today announced a partnership with Relaymed aimed at delivering test results to physician EHR systems through point-of-care instruments. The new alliance with Relaymed will give users access to secure, cloud-based services...

VA Awards $19.6M Contract for Veteran Care Access Mobile App

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently granted a contract for $19.6 million to fund an online patient self-scheduling system accessible through a mobile application designed to improve patient care access for veterans. Document Storage...

athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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athenahealth announced plans midweek to expand its Guarantee Program to include a Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for eligible hospitals. This most recent guarantee follows similar federal incentive support programs such as one for the...

Cerner HIT Supporting Population Health Management at TMC

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Cerner has joined forces with Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City to launch comprehensive disease management programs using remote patient monitoring technology.  The initiative will utilize algorithms configured in the Cerner population...

Epic EHR Data Helps Scientists Detect Heart Failure Earlier

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Joint research between IBM Research and Sutter Health led to the development of methods for predicting heart failure using clues imbedded in patient records in Epic EHR technology. Researchers observed the performance of machine learning models...

CHIME Unveils National Patient Identifier Challenge Finalists

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) yesterday announced the finalists of its Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge, its own effort to address positive patient identification nationwide. After...

RI HIE Enables Bidirectional Health Data Exchange with VA

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The Rhode Island Quality Institute and Providence VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently announced the start of a new project designed to improve the quality and safety of care for Rhode Island veterans through improved information sharing. The Health...

Epic EHR Interoperability at Center of New Partnership

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Premise Health today announced a new partnership with Epic to improve patient experience and expand interoperability across the spectrum of care. The worksite health and patient engagement company intends to implement Epic EHR in all its worksite...

Epic Implementation in Boston to Blame for Frustrated Docs?

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In an op-ed to Boston’s WBUR, three doctors — two of whom are currently or once-affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital — voiced concern about the effects of EHR adoption on doctor-patient relationships. The two cardiologists...

MIPS Measures Could Add to Inequity in Quality Improvements

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A new study by Eggleton et al. finds gaps in Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures may worsen disparities between the quality of certain aspects of healthcare including patient access, experience, and interpersonal care. While...

New Jersey Healthcare Providers Suffer EHR Security Breaches

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The Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause in New Jersey recently suffered a data breach threatening the security of patient EHRs. While EHRs have made patient information more accessible than ever, the rapid digitization of the...

Vanderbilt Study Shows EHR Use Improves Preventive Medicine

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy successfully used EHR data to create one of the first comprehensive catalogs of diseases to help identify patients at risk for...

VT Health Information Exchange Makes Key External Connection

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The operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange are celebrating a successful connection to the Department of Veterans Affairs Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc., which operates the Green...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support

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Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to lend...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

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Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information exchange...

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