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New York PDMP Achieves Healthcare Interoperability with 25 States

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New York’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has achieved healthcare interoperability with PDMPs in 25 other states and Washington DC, according to a recent announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "By removing unnecessary...

Cerner, Epic 2015 CEHRT Most Commonly Used by Eligible Clinicians

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The highest number of eligible hospitals and clinicians used the 2015 edition Certified EHR technology (CEHRT) from Cerner and Epic to attest to meaningful use from 2011 to 2016, according to ONC. ONC recently posted two data visualizations demonstrating...

Improving Clinician EHR Use Through Provider Communication

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Implementing an EHR-integrated provider communication tool may help health systems improve clinician EHR use, according to researchers at the Augusta University (AU) College of Allied Health Sciences. Researchers implemented a social knowledge...

How EHR Use Enables Effective Responses to Public Health Crises

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Last year, providers at hospitals and health systems across the country faced major care challenges when dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the northern California wildfires. The latter...

Call for EHR Companies to Provide No-Cost EHR System Updates

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS require that EHR vendors provide any new federally-mandated updates to EHR systems free of charge to avoid augmenting the financial burden of EHR system maintenance for physician...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Should Prove Positively Disruptive

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Apple’s work to give patients at 13 large health systems access to their health records via a new iOS EHR patient data viewer should open the door to a multiplicity of new ways to leverage data, claim two prominent subject-matter experts...

Mayo Clinic Cuts Cluttered EHR Data with AWARE EHR Interface

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Mayo Clinic is using a new EHR interface powered by ambient intelligence applications to strip away excess EHR data and deliver meaningful information to clinicians for improved clinical decision-making.   Herasevich, MD, et al. noted that...

ONC to Maintain $60M Budget to Support 21st Century Cures Act

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ONC will keep over $60 million in funding through September to help the agency continue its efforts to improve interoperability and carry out the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to an omnibus spending bill that passed the House...

Wyoming, Medicity to Create Statewide Health Information Exchange

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The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is partnering with population health management and health data exchange solutions provider Medicity to establish a statewide health information exchange (HIE) called the Wyoming Frontier Information Exchange...

EHR Clinical Documentation Differs Between Nurses, Physicians

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Physicians and nurses note very different concepts in EHR clinical documentation during patient visits, according to a recent study by researchers at the in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Boyd et al. conducted the study to...

Could Goal-Directed EHR Functionality Optimize Health Outcomes?

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Health IT developers should consider creating new EHR functionality that supports goal-directed healthcare rather than problem-oriented healthcare, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center...

VA Cerner Implementation Contract Balloons to $16 Billion

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The price tag for the VA Cerner implementation contract has spiked by 60 percent, judging by testimony given at a recent House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. In her opening statement, House Military Construction and VA Appropriations Subcommittee...

Biden Presses HHS on Information Blocking, EHR Patient Access

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Former Vice President Joe Biden recently recommended that federal officials require providers to enable complete EHR patient access within 24 hours of a request in forthcoming information blocking regulations per the 21st Century Cures Act.  ...

MedPAC Continues to Push for MIPS Repeal, Voluntary Value Program

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advocated for the repeal of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its 2018 March report to Congress. In its place, MedPAC recommended Congress implement a voluntary value program...

How CommonWell Adapts to Constant Health IT Innovation

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At the start of 2018, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced health IT innovation would be a top priority among stakeholders. Three months into the year, this assertion has proven true: Google, Amazon, Apple, and other tech titans have sought...

VA Expects Cerner Implementation Will Go More Smoothly Than DoD

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VA anticipates the Cerner implementation will be less troublesome than the Department of Defense’s (DoD) MHS GENESIS implementation, according to testimony from VA Secretary David Shulkin given at a recent House Appropriations subcommittee...

CTHealthLink, DSS Partner to Improve Health Data Exchange

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CTHealthLink recently teamed up with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to improve health data exchange between the state’s Medicaid patients and Connecticut healthcare providers. The year-old state health information exchange (HIE)...

CT Hospital Patients Frustrated After Cerner EHR Implementation

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Patients at Danbury Hospital have raised several complaints about scheduling problems, delays in care delivery, and difficulties obtaining medical services two weeks after Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) completed a Cerner EHR implementation....

Health IT Use, Workarounds Among Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

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EHR system workarounds, lack of health IT use safety, and problems with internal care coordination were named among the top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a report from ECRI Institute. ECRI Institute...

Maximizing EHR Use of Problem Lists for Improved Health Outcomes

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Healthcare organizations, policymakers, and health IT developers can take steps to increase clinician EHR use of problem lists for improved health outcomes and clinical efficiency, according to researchers from the University of Utah Department...

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