Electronic Health Records

EHR, Interoperability, EHR Optimization and EHR Vendor

VT Health Information Exchange Makes Key External Connection

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The operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange are celebrating a successful connection to the Department of Veterans Affairs Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc., which operates the Green...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support

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Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to lend...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

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Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information exchange...

AAFP Group Outlines Ten-Year Plan for Health IT Improvements

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A group of technology and health IT stakeholders convened by American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently published a plan to foster a healthcare system fulfilling the Triple Aim of better health, quality, and value through improved...

Family Physicians to Benefit from Clinical Quality Data Tool

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The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced the development of new quality improvement tools for meeting federal regulations and reporting requirements in an article published in its eponymous journal. ABFM developed the revised Performance...

Inpatient, Outpatient EHR Are Top Provider Buying Priorities

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A recent survey of healthcare executives shows that inpatient and outpatient EHR technology are top of mind for provider buying priorities for health IT purchases, trailing only telemedicine. A third of 248 respondents to a Research Data survey...

10 MACRA Trends Likeliest to Challenge Eligible Clinicians

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Results from a recent Black Book survey of 8,845 surveyed physician practices identify the top ten most challenging aspects of MACRA implementation for eligible clinicians. With the first year of MACRA implementation underway, physician practices...

Clinical Decision Support Guidelines Open for Public Comment

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The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition recently requested public comment on its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing clinical decision support (CDS) systems. The CDS Coalition — including software developers, hospitals,...

Ambulatory EHR Market to Become $5.2B Industry by 2021

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New market research projects the ambulatory EHR market to reach $5.2 billion by 2012, a 5.8-percent growth rate. The report details the major sources of growth in the market as well as limitations most likely to keep the industry from further...

Colorado HIE Using FHIR APIs for Patient Health Data Viewing

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The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) announced today it has successfully laid the groundwork to employ a FHIR-based application programming interface (API) technology designed to improve health data access for patients...

San Diego EMS Gains Access to EHR Data with ONC SAFR Model

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An EMS organization in Orange County, CA has begun efforts to engage the recently published ONC Search, Alert, File, and Reconcile (SAFR) model for instant health information exchange that will grant access to patient EHR data at the scene of...

4 Initiatives Advancing Healthcare Interoperability in 2017

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Healthcare interoperability has been a priority for vendors and providers since the advent of health data exchange. Timely access to accurate health information regardless of health IT system or location improves provider communication and patient...

Surescripts Brings Medication History Data to LTPAC Providers

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Surescripts today announced it is expanding its real-time Medication History for Reconciliation (MHR) service to include long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. Allowing LTPAC facilities and patients to utilize its medication history...

Why Are So Few Healthcare Providers Using EHR Data Analytics?

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Despite the healthcare industry becoming more data-driven by the day, new research shows many healthcare providers are ignoring opportunities to gain actionable insights by using EHR data analytics tools. A recent MGMA STAT report finds only...

AAFP Recommends CMS Simplify MACRA Implementation Requirements

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting ways the federal agency can simplify MACRA implementation requirements for providers. Representing 124,900 physicians and medical students across the...

Epic, Cerner Beat Out MEDITECH in Small Hospital EHR Adoption

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A new KLAS report on the small hospital EHR adoption landscape shows that organizations under 200 beds are scooping up electronic health records from Epic, Cerner, and athenahealth at a rapid rate.   According to the report, hospitals with...

ONC to Promote Interoperability in Patient Matching Challenge

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ONC is set to launch the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge this June in an effort to further advance interoperability. In a recent article, Director of Standards and Technology at ONC Steve Posnack, MS, elaborated on a five minute presentation...

Healthcare Organizations Still Lack National Patient Identifier

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For years, organizations including HIMSS and CHIME have vocalized the need for a national patient identifier. As health IT and health data exchange continue to evolve, the need for a consistent, accurate way to identify patient health records...

CMS to Inform Clinicians of MIPS Participation Status in May

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All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive notification of their participation status by the end of May, CMS recently announced. The federal agency is in the process...

VA Pours Resources into EHR, Health IT Modernization Efforts

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working diligently to modernize its health IT infrastructure as it prepares to select a new electronic health record system to replace its existing patient management tools.   Though VistA, VA’s...

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