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Pew Calls on VA to Prioritize Health Data Exchange, Safety

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In a recent letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and the federal agency to prioritize health data exchange and patient safety in its forthcoming EHR implementation....

EHR Use Nearly Universal in Hospital Outpatient Practices

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EHR adoption is nearly universal in hospital-owned outpatient practices as of 2017, according to the latest research from HIMSS Analytics. The 9th Annual Outpatient PM and EHR Study pulled data from myriad sources, including a web-based survey...

Nephrology HIE Adoption Leads to Improved Care Coordination

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A recent study found connecting to an HIE can assist in overcoming information gaps in patient care and improve care coordination for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in need of ongoing dialysis. A collaborative effort between Quality...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic health...

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

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ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

Meritus Health Launches $100M Epic EHR Implementation Project

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Meritus Health in Maryland recently signed a $100 million deal for an integrated Epic EHR implementation, in a process set to take place over a five-year span. The integrated EHR system will streamline patient care delivery for providers and...

AMIA Submits ONC Interoperability Framework Recommendations

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Donald Rucker, MD with recommendations to improve the ONC Interoperability Framework. Representing 5,400...

eClinicalWorks Lawsuit Leads to EHR Replacement for Few Users

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A new KLAS report surveying customer reactions to the eClinicalWorks $155 million settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) found that only 4 percent of customers plan to find a replacement EHR as a result of the settlement. While 66 percent...

CVS Health, Cleveland Clinic Expand EHR Health Data Sharing

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CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic recently announced plans to streamline and improve their level of communication by enhancing the health data sharing functionalities in their EHR systems. Minute Clinic, CVS Pharmacy, and Cleveland Clinic intend...

CHIME to Take Over Annual Healthcare Most Wired Study

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) will now be in charge of conducting the annual healthcare Most Wired hospitals study. CHIME will take over all aspects of the survey and benchmarking program starting next year....

Utah HIE Links Three Western Health Information Exchanges

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The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) recently linked with three other health information exchanges across the West in an effort to facilitate the exchange of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications for individuals who visit...

AHA Issues Updated MACRA Resources Following QPP Proposed Rule

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently published updated versions of its MACRA Tracker and MACRA issue brief to include changes introduced by the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule released last month. The newly-modified MACRA...

Surescripts NRLS Extends to 14 Additional Health Systems

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Surescripts announced it has added 14 new health systems to its National Record Locator Service (NRLS), furthering its efforts to improve interoperability nationwide. “In today’s fragmented healthcare environment, health systems need...

New York Hospital Receives $5.7M for Epic EHR Replacement

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A hospital within the UR Medicine health system in New York recently received $5.7 million in funding for its Epic EHR replacement. Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) is one of three hospitals affiliated with UR Medicine, and received the $5.7 million...

DirectTrust Experiences Continued Growth in Health Data Exchange

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DirectTrust recently announced it has experienced a period of continued growth at the close of its second quarter with five new members joining the alliance since April 1.   The nonprofit alliance has continued its upward trajectory on all...

MEDITECH to Deploy CommonWell Interoperability Services in 2018

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MEDITECH recently announced that beginning in 2018 its EHR technology will be support CommonWell interoperability services enabling health data exchange. As a vender-neutral network of networks, CommonWell Health Alliance allows participating...

Standardization, Collaboration Drive Interoperability at Cerner

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Achieving true interoperability is paramount to maximizing the myriad benefits of health IT and delivering safe, efficient patient care. Federal agencies, healthcare organizations, and health IT companies alike are working to facilitate seamless...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

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In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the number...

Researchers Add Social Determinants of Health to Epic EHR

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A recent study by Gold et al. found that standardizing social determinants of health (SDH) data collection and presentation in Epic EHR systems could improve patient and population health outcomes in community health centers. Researchers worked...

Senate Requests Return of $729.4M in Overpaid EHR Incentives

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Members of the Senate recently issued a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting that the federal agency recover approximately $729.4 million in overpaid EHR incentive payments. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Charles Grassley...

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