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VA Under Fire for Cerner EHR Contract Delay, Outside Interference

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VA Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member Julia Brownley (D-CA) recently requested that VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie and VA Inspector General Michael Missal...

Cerner Revenue Down After Delays in VA EHR Contract Negotiations

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Revenue at Cerner fell below expectations in part due to uncertainty surrounding when VA EHR contract negotiations will finally close, Cerner executives told investors during an earnings call about the first financial quarter of 2018. Cerner...

Duplicate Patient Medical Records Stem from Lagging MPI Process

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Discrepancies with duplicate patient medical records are often because of a healthcare organization’s lack of data standardization, specifically with the Master Patient Index (MPI) record process, according to a study published in...

EHR Systems Should Be Systems of Engagement, Not Recordkeeping

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EHR systems need to be re-engineered as systems of engagement rather than systems of recordkeeping to yield real improvements in clinical efficiency. That was the sentiment of Persistent Systems Digital President Sudhir Kulkarni at the 2018 World...

NIH Searching for Volunteers Nationwide to Contribute EHR Data

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Individuals across the country ages 18 and older will soon have the opportunity to share EHR data with researchers and advance individualized precision medicine, treatment, and patient care delivery through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

PACS Integration Lowers EHR Access Times, Aids EHR Usage

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Patient context integration of a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) with an organization’s EHR can lower EHR access time for radiologists, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging. PACS integration...

UCHealth Hospital Switching MEDITECH EHR for Epic EHR Replacement

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Later this week, UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC) will abandon its MEDITECH EHR system in favor of an Epic EHR replacement in an effort to streamline health data exchange with other hospitals and healthcare facilities part of the UCHealth...

Alabama HIE Joins SHIEC to Improve Rural Health Data Access

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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently announced Alabama One Health Record has joined its membership to improve health data access and patient care delivery for patients in rural, underserved areas. The health...

Full ONC SAFER Guide Implementation Low, EHR Safety Can Improve

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Healthcare organizations looking to improve EHR safety and usability can look toward ONC SAFER Guides that were updated in 2017. However, a recent study found that adherence to recommended EHR safety practices is low, even with recommendations...

Communication, Health Data Exchange Lags Between Hospitals, PCPs

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Hospitals need to increase health data exchange and communication with primary care providers (PCPs) to improve care coordination, boost patient health outcomes, and reduce hospital readmission rates, according to former CMS official and current...

Epic EHR Implementation Hurt Earnings at Erlanger Health System

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Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System blamed its $100 million Epic EHR implementation for $4 million in losses over the last financial quarter, according to Times Free Press. After two years of preparation, Erlanger went live with...

EHR Interoperability Issues Plague 36% of Medical Record Admins

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There has been small improvement in medical record administrators being able to exchange patient health records with other providers, with 36 percent stating they have EHR interoperability issues with that task, according to recent Black Book...

Cerner Sees Benefit to API Development in CMS IPPS Proposed Rule

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Cerner supports policies part of the fiscal year 2019 CMS IPPS proposed rule related to promoting the development of application programming interfaces (APIs) and improving interoperability, Cerner executives told Kansas City Business Journal....

CMS RFI Seeking Stakeholder Feedback to Improve Interoperability

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CMS today issued a notice requesting stakeholder feedback in a request for information (RFI) about how to revise Conditions of Participation related to interoperability initiatives.   The RFI will help to advance the Trump Administration’s...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Has 6K Unresolved Trouble Tickets

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DoD has so far resolved about 1,000 of a total of 7,000 trouble tickets submitted by clinicians to report problems with the MHS GENESIS EHR system, according to Defense Healthcare Management Systems Program Executive Director Stacy Cummings....

Collaboration Can Aid EHR Use, Adoption in Behavioral Health Space

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Perceived ease of EHR use and perceived usefulness of the technology itself are driving factors toward EHR adoption with physicians in behavioral health, according to a recent study. However, there is still resistance to EHR adoption within behavioral...

ONC Working with Health IT Innovators to Improve Interoperability

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ONC is currently working with health IT innovators to spur the development of application programming interfaces (APIS) that improve interoperability and patient health data access, according to a recent Health IT Buzz blog post by National Coordinator...

NC Hospital to Swap Cerner System for Epic EHR Replacement

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Cape Fear Valley Health in North Carolina recently announced a decision to launch an Epic EHR replacement project to swap out its Cerner EHR system. The new Epic system will provide a single, unified EHR platform for all hospitals and clinics...

DirectTrust Health Data Exchange Transactions Up 90% in One Year

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DirectTrust recently reported that the first quarter of 2018 has seen health data exchange transactions hit 47.8 million, which is an increase of approximately 90 percent over the same time frame in 2017. Healthcare organizations served by DirectTrust...

Ronny Jackson Withdraws as Presidential VA Secretary Nominee

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Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD, has withdrawn as Trump’s VA secretary nominee, according to a public statement he released April 26. Trump selected the presidential physician to lead VA shortly after former VA Secretary David Shulkin,...

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