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Certified EHR Technology at Center of Debate Over MIPS Updates

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MGMA and AMIA hold differing opinions over CMS policies included in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that require eligible clinicians to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to fulfill reporting requirements...

How Improved Pediatric EHR Certification Boosts Patient Safety

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A team of researchers from Pew Charitable Trusts and MedStar recommended ONC develop more rigorous, specialized EHR usability and safety testing for pediatric EHR certification in a recent JAMA article. EHR vendors and healthcare...

Preparing AI-Powered Virtual Assistants to Improve EHR Usability

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Problems with EHR usability continue to counter the potential benefits of EHR systems and leave physicians, nurses, administrators, and patients by and large feeling dissatisfied and frustrated with the technology. While patient EHRs...

EHR Data, Machine Learning Predict Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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A team of researchers from Stanford University created a personal health management tool that combines EHR data with machine learning to accurately diagnose patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm, also called AAA. A new report recently...

Cerner President Zane Burke Will Step Down From Post November 2

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Zane Burke will leave Cerner after five years of serving as the health IT company’s President and 22 years holding various executive positions across sales, implementation, support, and finance. “We thank Zane for his...

CT Secures $12.2M in Funding to Launch Health Information Exchange

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Connecticut is a step closer to successfully launching its first statewide health information exchange (HIE) after securing $12.2 million in funding through a grant awarded by CMS, according to a recent announcement from Connecticut...

Kansas Community Hospital Launches athenahealth EHR Replacement

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Hiawatha Community Hospital will go live with a cloud-based athenahealth EHR replacement on September 11 after about a year of preparation. The athenahealth EHR will take the place of the hospital’s former Paragon EHR system,...

Epic EHR Now Includes Nuance Voice-Enabled Clinical Workflows

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Providers using Epic EHR will now have access to voice-enabled clinical workflows powered by Nuance virtual assistant technology for faster, more efficient data access. The voice-enabled clinical workflows are now commercially available...

Da Vinci Project to Advance Healthcare Interoperability, FHIR Use

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A private sector-led initiative — the Da Vinci Project — is poised to accelerate advancements in healthcare interoperability by promoting use of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) data standard across the...

How Sutter Health Pushes Health Data Exchange Forward

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Health data exchange has come a long way in the past decade, but many stakeholders are still dissatisfied with the current state of interoperability and data sharing between different hospitals and health systems. A 2018 AJMC study shows...

Open Source EHR Alliance to Launch International VistA System

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The Open Source EHR Alliance (OSEHRA) is creating a new version of its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) EHR system designed for international implementation. VA established OSEHRA in 2010. VistA...

5 EHR Optimization Activities for Improving Clinical Efficiency

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Clinical efficiency and provider satisfaction often suffer after hospitals and health systems go live with new EHR implementations. Disruptions to clinicians’ daily routines can sour providers and administrators against EHR...

MEDITECH Offers Users EHR-Integrated PDMP Link through Expanse

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In an effort to reduce provider burden and improve clinical efficiency, MEDITECH will now offer users of its Expanse EHR solution access to an EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) link. MEDITECH collaborated with...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Make Waves in Health IT Usability

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With Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other large tech companies now committed to advancing healthcare interoperability, DirectTrust President and CEO Scott Stuewe anticipates the industry will soon benefit from significant improvements in...

Centra Health Launches Cerner EHR After 2 Years of Preparation

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Centra Health recently went live with a multi-million-dollar Cerner EHR implementation as part of a two-year effort to replace several, disparate EHR systems previously in use across the health system with a single, integrated system. The...

IN Rep Demands Transparency on VA EHR Modernization Leadership

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House Subcommittee on Technology Modernization and Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) urged VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to improve transparency into VA EHR modernization project leadership in a recent letter. Banks also requested that Wilkie...

EHR System Costs Contributed to Bankruptcy at 3 MS Hospitals

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A Tennessee-based healthcare company that owns three hospitals and several physician practices in Mississippi recently filed for bankruptcy in part due to costs associated with its EHR system. Curae Health in Knoxville filed for Chapter...

HIMSS: Stark Law Hinders Care Coordination, Health Data Exchange

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The Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the Stark Law, places unnecessary administrative burdens on providers while hindering care coordination and health data exchange, according to a letter from HIMSS to CMS Administrator...

EHRs, Health IT May Not Contribute to Early Physician Retirements

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EHR technology may not be driving physicians to quit practicing medicine, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. The researchers found no correlation between EHR adoption and physician retirement, contradicting the...

NY Health System Swaps 5 Vendor Systems for Epic EHR Replacement

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New York-based Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will begin an Epic EHR replacement project to swap out its five existing EHR systems from different vendors with a single, unified system. By implementing a single Epic EHR, MVHS hopes to...

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