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IA Hospital Integrates Customized Clinical Workflows Into Cerner EHR

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Des Moines-based Mercy Medical Center is integrating specialized clinical workflows with its Cerner EHR system to standardize and streamline care management for patients with diabetes. Mercy Medical Center signed a multi-year contract...

CMS Seeking to Promote EHR Adoption in Post-Acute Care

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After spurring nearly universal EHR adoption in acute care facilities, CMS is now looking to promote similarly widespread EHR adoption in post-acute care (PAC) settings. The federal agency released a request for information (RFI) this...

Enabling Targeted Health Data Exchange for Efficient Patient Care

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As healthcare organizations continue to collect more and more data on their patients, health information exchanges (HIEs) must employ new strategies to help providers quickly filter out less relevant information and pinpoint data critical...

Billing Problems Caused By Cerner EHR Costs NY Hospital $38M

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New York-based Glen Falls Hospital lost $38 million in revenue in 2017 due to problems with its Cerner EHR system, which resulted in persistent billing errors. Glen Falls officials reduced operating costs and laid off employees throughout...

Partners HealthCare Launches Epic EHR-Integrated PDMP Connection

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Boston-based Partners HealthCare recently became the first health system in Massachussetts to offer an EHR-integrated link to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP.) The health system fully integrated with the...

Several MA Hospitals Sign for MEDITECH Web-Based EHR Implementation

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MEDITECH is strengthening its foothold in the health IT market with several recent EHR implementation contract wins in Massachusetts and other states. The health IT company’s web-based EHR offering — Expanse — is seeing...

NC Mental Health Providers Oppose Behavioral Health EHR Requirements

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A group of mental health providers and social workers in North Carolina are requesting a delay on state requirements that promote behavioral health EHR use, according to North Carolina Health News. Specifically, the care providers oppose...

International Health IT Project Will Utilize Allscripts EHR

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A joint international health IT project between Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine and Alfardan Group in Qatar will enable providers and patients in the Middle East to utilize Allscripts EHR for well-informed care delivery. Northwestern...

Health Systems Expect More from Regulatory Reporting Health IT Tools

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Healthcare organizations are raising their expectations for health IT vendors developing quality management solutions as federal reporting requirements continue to shift and increase in complexity. A recent KLAS report on quality...

Trump 2020 Budget Request Includes $1.6B for VA EHR Modernization

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The Trump Administration has requested $1.6 billion to fund the VA EHR modernization project in 2020. “The EHR is a high-priority initiative that would ensure a seamlessly integrated healthcare record between the Department of...

ECRI Institute Names Provider Burnout Top Patient Safety Concern

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ECRI Institute placed provider burnout near the top of its list of patient safety concerns in 2019 in a recent report. “Burnout is indiscriminate,” wrote authors in the report. “It affects physicians (including...

CIOs Prioritize Interoperability During Early-Phase EHR Adoption

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Health IT interoperability and cybersecurity rank as top priorities during early-phase EHR adoption among CIOs, according to the results of a recent focus group discussion of 31 healthcare executives. LexisNexis hosted a roundtable...

Alabama Health System Begins Cerner EHR Implementation

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Escambia County Healthcare Authority in Alabama is taking steps to launch a new Cerner EHR implementation across its facilities as part of an effort to streamline patient health data access and exchange across care settings. ECHA will...

Epic Halts App Orchard Enrollment to Boost EHR Patient Data Safety

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Epic temporarily halted third-party enrollment in its App Orchard store in December as part of an effort to implement new privacy policies to preserve EHR patient data security, according to CNBC. The EHR vendor became concerned about the...

CHIME Cites Lack of True Interoperability as Source of Health Costs

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In a response to a federal request for information (RFI) about how to address rising healthcare costs, CHIME recommended the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions focus on advancing interoperability and improving...

CMS Seeks to Improve Interoperability With Public Policy Changes

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At a recent Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) 2019 Public Policy Conference, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to improving interoperability through several policy changes. “With...

New Sequoia Project Workgroup Zeroes In On Information Blocking

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The Sequoia Project has launched a new workgroup as part of its Interoperability Matters cooperative centered on addressing longstanding issues with information blocking. The workgroup comprises public and private stakeholders focused on...

EHRA Urges CMS, ONC to Extend Interoperability Rule Comment Period

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The EHR Association (EHRA) recently issued letters to ONC and CMS requesting a 30-day extension of the comment period for the federal agencies’ proposed rules on interoperability and information blocking. In a letter to National...

PMC Regional Hospital Completes MEDITECH EHR Implementation

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PMC Regional Hospital in New Albany, Indiana recently completed a MEDITECH EHR implementation to streamline health data access and exchange across the health system. The hospital went live with MEDITECH’s web-based Expanse EHR...

Christiana Care Health System Enables Apple EHR Data Viewer

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Christiana Care Health System now supports the Apple Health Records EHR data viewer to enable patients to view their health information from outside hospitals and clinics for a more accessible, complete portrait of their own medical...

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