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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...

Health IT Adoption of Surescripts Price Transparency Tool Surges

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Surescripts is experiencing a surge in new users as health IT adoption of its Real-Time Prescription Benefit tool increases fortyfold in a year. Prescribers have so far used the tool 30 million times to view patient-specific price and...

Epic EHR Replacement Contributed to Financial Trouble at SLU

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Missouri-based St. Louis University (SLU) has implemented a hiring freeze across its college and medical practice to overcome financial difficulties spurred partly by a 2017 Epic EHR replacement, according to kbia. The university has been...

MEDITECH Launches EHR-Integrated Prescription Pricing Tool

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Users of MEDITECH Expanse now have access to an EHR-integrated pricing tool to better manage the cost of their care. MEDITECH announced DrFirst’s myBenefitCheck solution will be integrated into MEDITECH Expanse as a real-time...

VA Achieves Several Milestones in Cerner EHR Implementation

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Over the past six months, VA has awarded Cerner three task orders, conducted a Current State Review of VA initial operating capability (IOC) care sites, and established 18 EHR councils to support the development of national standardized...

Allscripts EHR Wins Contracts with Three Healthcare Organizations

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Allscripts will expand its relationship with Hospital for Special Care (HSC) and implement health IT solutions at East Kent Hospitals and Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. Connecticut-based HSC made the decision to expand and extend its...

Evidence Supports Continuity of Care Quality Measures in QPP

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Adding quality measures related to continuity of care to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) may help lower healthcare costs and reduce hospitalizations, according to a new Annals of Family Medicine study.   Andrew Bazemore, MD, and...

Simplifying Clinical Documentation to Cut Administrative Burden

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Hawaii Pacific Health is working to prevent physician burnout and reduce administrative burden on providers by cutting out the aspects of clinical documentation and EHR use that clinicians find least useful. In a recent New England...

Collaborating With EHR Vendors for Continuous EHR Optimization

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Healthcare organizations looking to dramatically improve their clinical and administrative processes through health IT use can choose one of two options: EHR optimization or EHR replacement. Some healthcare organizations opt to invest in...

Veritas Capital, Elliott Will Acquire athenahealth for $5.7B

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Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management have agreed to acquire athenahealth for about $5.7 billion in cash, the health IT company confirmed on November 12. Elliott Management has expressed support for the...

Pacific Dental Services to Implement Epic EHR System

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California-based Pacific Dental Services (PDS) recently announced its decision to implement Epic EHR as part of an effort to improve care coordination for all PDS-supported dentists and specialists. PDS is a dental support organization...

93% of MIPS Eligible Clinicians Earned Federal Incentives in 2017

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Ninety-three percent of eligible clinicians that participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) earned positive payment adjustments for their performance in 2017. CMS released...

Chicago Plumbers Union to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

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A Chicago Plumbers Union recently made the decision to move forward with a Cerner EHR implementation at a new health center currently under development in southwest Chicago. Members of Plumbers Local Union 130 United Association (UA) and...

EHR Usability Challenges Threaten Patient Safety in Pediatric Care

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Problems with EHR usability can pose a threat to patient safety in pediatric care, particularly during medication prescribing. This finding comes in a new Health Affairs study by a team of researchers from MedStar Health. Raj Ratwani et...

New FDA App Streamlines EHR Patient Data Collection for Researchers

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FDA recently launched a new app designed to allow researchers to easily collect real-world evidence in the form of EHR patient data, claims and billing information, and patient-generated health data through patients’ mobile...

Epic EHR Ranked Highest for Provider Satisfaction Worldwide

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Epic EHR is currently dominating the worldwide EHR market in overall user experience, with nearly 90 percent of all surveyed international users reporting high rates of provider satisfaction. This finding comes in the new Global EMR...

Cancer Screening Test Vendor to Launch Epic EHR Implementation

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Cancer screening test vendor Exact Sciences will launch an Epic EHR implementation to become Epic’s first diagnostic specialty customer, according to Wisconsin State Journal. “Epic will become a core component of our IT...

EHR Medication Lists Lack Accuracy, May Threaten Patient Safety

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EHR medication lists are often inaccurate and incomplete, opening the door for adverse drug reactions, un-informed clinical decision-making, and poor medication monitoring, according to a new JAMA study. Researchers from Vanderbilt...

Allscripts Making Progress Toward Closing Sale of Netsmart Stake

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After generating significant interest from a group of financial sponsors, Allscripts has made the decision to hire financial advisors to execute a more formal sale of its joint venture stake in behavioral health EHR company...

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