Electronic Health Records

EHR, Interoperability, EHR Optimization and EHR Vendor

CMS Outlines 2015 PQRS Reporting Challenges, Trends

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CMS recently released a report outlining the reporting experience for providers under the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) in 2015. The report also includes notable trends in provider experience from previous years of the PQRS program...

Surescripts Facilitated Health Data Exchange Growth in 2016

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Surescripts recently released its 2016 National Progress Report showing the interoperability network enabled over 10.9 billion secure transactions in 2016 — up 12 percent from the previous year. In 2016, Surescripts increased the number...

Epic Keeps VA Scheduling Contract Despite Cerner Decision

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Epic Systems will maintain its contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) valued at more than $600 million despite the federal agency selecting Cerner to provide its replacement EHR technology. Epic won the contract to develop VA’s...

Halamka: EHR 2.0 Will Improve Usability, Patient Satisfaction

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A recent blog post by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, predicted EHRs are headed in a more patient-centric direction with a focus on improved usability. In part, Halamka attributed the upcoming shift in EHR design...

Could Automation Solve the Healthcare Industry’s EHR Problem?

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As healthcare professionals attempt to navigate an increasingly data-driven, high-tech industry, some providers and patients remain skeptical that increased reliance on EHR systems is the right move. EHRs have their advantages: several studies...

eClinicalWorks Settlement Likely to Unsettle Provider Partners

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The recent $155-million settlement between the federal government and eClinicalWorks sent reverberations throughout the healthcare industry and raised concerns about the capabilities of even certified EHR technology. If one of the more popular...

How Providers, Developers Can Collaborate for EHR Usability

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The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect...

Cybersecurity Taskforce Issues EHR Security Recommendations

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A healthcare industry cybersecurity taskforce recently submitted a report to Congress analyzing and addressing various issues with healthcare security including problems unique to EHR technology. The task force was initially convened in...

Main Characteristics of Successful EHR Vendors, Technologies

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EHR vendors are experiencing an upsurge in client acquisitions as EHR adoption and implementation continue throughout the healthcare industry, most notably in the form of EHR replacement. While hundreds of technology vendors and solutions remain...

Study Reveals Prevalence of Copy-Paste in EHR Clinical Data

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Providers may be heightening the risk of patient harm by entering repetitive and inaccurate EHR clinical data into physician notes. A recent study by Wang et al. used a new Epic EHR update allowing users to identify the provenance of data in...

VA Confirms Decision for Commercial EHR Replacement of VistA

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is following in the footsteps of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Health System (MHS) in adopting a commercial EHR technology that is nearly identical to the latter's Cerner platform....

Realizing the Benefits of Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Physician practices and healthcare organizations have been batting around the idea of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for over ten years. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has taken a particular interest...

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

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A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

HIE Use Reduces Repetitive Therapeutic Medical Procedures

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A recent study by Eftekhari et al. found connecting to a health information exchange (HIE) can help physician practices lower the amount of repeated therapeutic medical procedures administered to patients. “Repetition of medical services...

eClinicalWorks to Pay $155M for EHR Certification Allegations

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eClinicalWorks has agreed to pay $155 million to resolve allegations that the EHR company misled consumers about the certification of its EHR technology and paid some customers kickbacks in return for positive promotion of its product, the Department...

ONC Announces Health Data Exchange Challenge Final Winners

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ONC today announced the final winners of its Move Health Data Forward challenge promoting solutions for more efficient and secure health data exchange. The three-phase challenge was designed to spur innovators to develop applications centered...

CMS Details Quality Payment Program Technical Assistance

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CMS recently issued a guide of technical assistance resources clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can use to navigate one of its two pathways successfully. The list of free resources gives clinicians participating in...

DE Health Information Exchange Improves EHR Patient Access

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The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) recently began offering patients a tool allowing for easier access to patient health data shared between providers.  “When you provide transparency, you reduce the stress people feel when...

MEDITECH Web EHR Gains 5 New Health Organizations

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MEDITECH today announced its contemporary and clinically-integrated web EHR is experiencing continued growth with five new healthcare organizations signed on to utilize the technology. The vendor’s integrated Ambulatory solution designed...

Chicago Health System Launching Health Information Exchange

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The Chicago area could be getting a health information exchange (HIE) soon as Rush Health deploys the first phase of Rush Health Connect, a health IT solution designed to enable secure health data exchange. Rush Health currently includes 1,100...

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