Electronic Health Records

EHR, Interoperability, EHR Optimization and EHR Vendor

EHR Use Cases, Not Certification, Should Drive EHR Selection

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EHR certification is useful in signaling when certain technology meets industry standards in a test environment. In particular, 2015 edition ONC health IT certification informs providers when a certain technology can be used to earn payments...

WY Medical Center Connects Epic EHR to eHealth Exchange

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Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Wyoming recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange using Epic EHR. Connecting to the federal eHealth Exchange gives CRMC access to the largest secure health data sharing network...

Healthcare Mourns Loss of Cerner Chairman, CEO Neal Patterson

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Neal Patterson, Chairman and CEO of Cerner Corp., passed away on July 9, 2017 due to complications resulting from a recent recurrence of a previously diagnosed cancer. Cerner Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board Cliff Illig has been named...

CMS Releases Proposed Quality Payment Program Rule Summary

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CMS recently released an extensive 26-page summary of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule detailing the most significant potential changes providers can expect should the rule go into effect.   QPP was designed primarily to improve...

ONC to Implement Trusted Exchange Framework, Common Agreement

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Earlier this week, ONC announced a series of three public stakeholder meetings will soon take place to kick start the process of implementing the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in the 21 Century Cures Act....

Interoperability, Usability, Outcomes to Drive Health IT Changes

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A recent post by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, addressed the trajectory of health IT in the age of value-based care and stated health IT interoperability and usability and patient outcomes will push the industry...

EHR Use Shown to Negatively Impact Patient-Provider Relationship

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A recent study by Pelland et al. found that while EHR use may reduce medical errors, the technology is also shown to complicate the patient-provider relationship. Researchers at Brown University performed a qualitative analysis of comments submitted...

Physicians Divided on Benefits of EHR Implementation, Use

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Physicians across the healthcare industry continue to voice contradictory opinions on whether EHR implementation and use are beneficial or detrimental to patient care. Canadian physicians Drew Digney, MD and Ben Williams, MD recently penned an...

Epic Competitor Cerner Wins $33M Contract with Wisconsin DHS

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has chosen Epic Systems competitor Cerner Corporation for a $33-million contract to provide its EHR system. Cerner recently signed the ten-year contract to provide an electronic health data storage...

CA Hospitals Agree to Connect to Health Information Exchange

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Two California medical centers recently connected to a nonprofit health information exchange (HIE) in an effort to improve care coordination for patients and providers within their networks.  Both Glendale Adventist Medical Center and White...

AHIMA Patient Data Sharing White Paper Open for Public Comment

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are now seeking public comment on a collaborative white paper detailing requirements and constraints for patient demographic data exchange...

Michigan HIE Links Six Midwest Health Information Exchanges

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Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) in Michigan recently connected to six other health information exchanges to improve data sharing for patients and providers across the Midwest. The health data exchange network extends interoperability across...

EHR Adoption Driving Need to Update Human Research Rules

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD requesting the implementation of the updated Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) to keep pace with rapid...

Cerner, Epic EHR Hospitals to Share Patient EHRs in NC

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Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health recently reached an agreement to exchange patient health data between their Cerner and EHR technologies in an effort to improve care coordination for patients receiving care at either facility. Carolinas...

Greenway Health Achieves 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

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Greenway Health recently announced its EHR solution has earned 2015 ONC Health IT certification allowing community providers to receive payments under Medicaid meaningful use Stage 3 and Quality Payment Program (QPP) requirements. Greenways certified...

Most Physicians Doubt Preparedness for MACRA Requirements

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A recent survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) and KPMG found over 75 percent of physicians feel unprepared to meet MACRA requirements in 2017. Published at the Eighth Annual Alternative Payment Model (APM) and Accountable Care Organization...

Senators Request Timeline for VA Cerner EHR Implementation

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Earlier this week, three senators submitted a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin and Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary James Mattis requesting further information on the VA EHR replacement, including a projected...

Value-Based Care Fueling Provider Demands on Health IT Companies

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Expectations for health IT companies are rising as a result of the transition to value-based care. Providers are increasingly experiencing pressure to improve information exchange at their practices and demanding clean, comprehensive, and actionable...

Health IT Tools, Capabilities Required for Value-Based Care

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A successful transition to value-based care will require effective partnerships between healthcare providers and health IT developers as well as among providers themselves to ensure that current and future EHR and health IT infrastructure lead...

GAO Suggests VA Improve Data, Clinical Efficiency Monitoring

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The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published recommendations advising the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve data and monitoring of clinical efficiency. The federal agency also stated VA should strengthen oversight...

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