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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...

EHRA Publishes EHR Implementation Guide for Opioid Prescribing

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Volunteer members of the EHR Association (EHRA) have developed a guide to help healthcare organizations apply the 12 recommendations outlined in CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to EHR implementations. CDC...

ONC Names Winners of EHR Innovation Challenge for Safety Reporting

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ONC recently selected three winners of its EHR innovation challenge seeking health IT solutions to ease EHR safety reporting for providers and reduce administrative burden. The Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge is part of the federal...

HHS Draft Strategy Aims to Reduce Administrative Burden of EHR Use

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A new draft strategy from HHS addresses administrative burden on providers caused by EHR use and includes recommendations to boost provider satisfaction. HHS announced the release of the draft strategy and issued a request for public...

Amazon Service Analyzes Patient EHRs, Health Data For Diagnoses

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Amazon confirmed it is developing a new HIPAA-eligible machine learning service that enables developers to analyze patient EHRs to identify information including patient diagnoses, treatments, dosages, symptoms, and signs in a Tuesday blog...

Hixny NY Health Information Exchange Earns HITRUST Certification

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Hixny recently became the first health information exchange (HIE) in New York to earn HITRUST CSF certification on Version 9.1 for patient information security to fulfill the aims of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York...

NC Department of Health Enabling EHR Integration of PDMP Data

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is taking steps to promote safer prescribing practices across the state by enabling EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data. NCDHHS will...

Taking a Multi-Pronged Approach to Achieving EHR Interoperability

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While many healthcare stakeholders are dissatisfied with the current state of EHR interoperability and health data exchange, a number of health systems are leveraging existing technology to support care coordination and patient data...

Ransomware Attack Prompts Ohio Hospitals to Enter EHR Downtime

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East Ohio Regional Hospital (EORH) and Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) have voluntarily initiated a period of EHR downtime after a ransomware attack hit the hospital’s network on Friday, November 23. The hospitals are diverting...

ECRI Opens Access to Clinical Decision-Making Guideline Portal

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ECRI Institute recently opened free access to its ECRI Guidelines Trust portal, which offers expertly-vetted, evidence-based guidelines to assist providers with clinical decision-making. The resource will grow overtime as more clinical...

Apple In Talks With VA to Extend Health Records Feature to Veterans

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Apple is currently in talks with VA to discuss a potential partnership that would provide veterans and their families with access to Apple’s Health Records EHR data viewer, according to the Wall Street Journal. Enabling veterans and...

Cedar County Memorial Hospital Launches MEDITECH EHR Implementation

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Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs, Missouri recently went live with MEDITECH Expanse EHR across its facility. The 25-bed hospital is located between Kansas City, Joplin, and Springfield. The hospital completed the EHR...

DHMC Working With Epic EHR, NIH to Research, Improve Cancer Care

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is one of six health systems sharing a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage Epic EHR for research into improving cancer care. NIH and the Beau Biden Cancer...

Health Data Exchange Helps Identify Disparities in Hypertension Care

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Health data exchange may help to enable healthcare organizations to identify common disparities in hypertension care across facilities for better-informed quality improvement efforts and more effective practice-based interventions. This...

How Health Information Exchanges Can Boost EHR Patient Matching

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Ensuring high levels of accuracy in EHR patient matching across healthcare organizations is increasingly critical as stakeholders work to improve interoperability, increase health information exchange (HIE) adoption, and promote health...

CommonWell-Carequality Connection Now Generally Available

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CommonWell Health Alliance recently announced its connection to the Carequality Framework is now generally available to all CommonWell members as part of an effort to improve interoperability nationwide. CommonWell and Carequality-enabled...

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