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Minnesota Enables EHR Integration of PDMP Data for Safe Prescribing

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Healthcare providers and prescribers across Minnesota now have the opportunity to leverage EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to make safer prescribing decisions. The state PDMP recently went live with Appriss...

EHR Alerts Reduce Overuse of Cardiac Monitoring, Cut Costs

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EHR alerts can be helpful for reducing unnecessary use of cardiac monitoring — or telemetry — and cutting excess hospital spending, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers at the Division of...

EHR Data Helps Predict Survival for Patients With Circulatory Issue

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A group of researchers from Mayo Clinic used EHR-integrated risk calculators to predict survival rates for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using EHR data. The study demonstrating the effectiveness of EHR-integrated risk...

Which Provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act Has ONC Implemented?

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Healthcare stakeholders have voiced concern over ONC’s slow pace in implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) passed in 2016. However, ONC has laid the groundwork to release information blocking regulations,...

BlueCross BlueShield Will Contribute Claims Data to HEALTHeLINK

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BlueCross BlueShield in Western New York recently announced plans to contribute claims data to New York-based health information exchange (HIE) HEALTHeLINK to improve health outcomes and care coordination for BlueCross BlueShield...

Allscripts Sells Stake in Behavioral Health EHR Netsmart for $525M

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Allscripts has signed a definitive agreement to sell its stake in behavioral health EHR vendor Netsmart to private equity firms TA Associates and GI Partners for a total of $525 million. The sale ends a two-year relationship between...

VA Rolls Out APIs to Improve Interoperability, EHR Data Access

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VA is rolling out standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) designed to enable health IT developers to build tools that improve interoperability, EHR data access, and health data exchange for veterans and their...

Missouri Hospital Launches Web-Based MEDITECH EHR Implementation

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Missouri-based Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Health Care foundation recently went live with a new MEDITECH EHR implementation. The web-based ambulatory EHR system went live across the hospital on December 1. Citizens...

ONC Announces Certified Health IT List Data Challenge Winners

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ONC recently named three winners of its Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) data challenge who showed how the information can be used and applied across the healthcare industry. Researchers, health IT developers, and researchers were...

UCSF Leveraging Epic EHR, FHIR to Manage Newborn Weight Loss

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University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is launching a new tool that leverages data from the health system’s Epic EHR to enable clinicians to improve clinical decision support for providers caring for newborns in the first...

Nearly 70% of Physicians Suffering Stress Related to Health IT Use

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Almost 70 percent of physicians who use EHR technology during patient care delivery have experienced stress as a result of the demands of health IT use, according to a recent JAMIA study. Health IT-related stress can contribute to...

Integrating EHR Use, Health Data Exchange Into Behavioral Health

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While EHR systems and health data exchange solutions have been common tools within hospitals and physician practices for nearly a decade, many behavioral healthcare providers are just beginning to integrate EHR use into care...

Physician-Led HIEs Gain Access to Opioid Dashboard Health IT Tool

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Physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) in Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana will now have access to an opioid and controlled substances health IT tool designed to promote safer...

APIs, TEFCA Expected to Boost EHR Interoperability Industry-Wide

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EHR interoperability will likely improve in the next few years as ONC makes progress toward promoting the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to National...

Most EHR Vendors Have Enabled CommonWell, Carequality Connection

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The majority of EHR vendors with sizeable marketshare currently enable providers to connect with CommonWell or Carequality, indicating the healthcare industry may be poised for a breakthrough in interoperability. This finding comes from a...

Reduced Regulatory Burden Needed For Improved Interoperability

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Reducing regulatory and administrative burden on health IT developers and providers is necessary to paving the way for interoperability in healthcare. This sentiment came from HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan at the ONC 2018 Annual...

How HIE Adoption Simplifies, Streamlines Health Data Exchange

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After years of frustration among stakeholders over the lack of complete, timely health data exchange across the healthcare sector, CMS is taking a firm stance on interoperability with its Promoting Interoperability programs. CMS announced...

Hospitals in Two States Go Live With Epic EHR Implementations

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New Hampshire-based Memorial Hospital and Beatrice Community Hospital in Nebraska recently went live with Epic EHR implementations to improve health data sharing with local healthcare organizations and enable better-informed clinical...

OH Hospitals Recover From EHR Downtime Following Ransomware Attack

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Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) and East Ohio Regional Hospital (EORH) have fully recovered from a sustained period of EHR downtime following a ransomware attack on their computer network and will not need to pay a ransom to hackers,...

How Information Blocking Regulations Can Promote EHR Usability

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Further transparency in EHR testing and development is imperative to improving EHR usability and reducing patient harm associated with EHR use, according to AMA and Medstar. The organizations offered recommendations for three information...

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