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Alabama Community Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation

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After an EHR selection process spanning six months, Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) will begin a Cerner implementation to improve patient EHR access and streamline care coordination for providers at the Alabama hospital.  PCMC will...

OR Behavioral Health Center Adopts Carequality Using Netsmart EHR

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LifeWorks Northwest (LifeWorks NW) in Oregon will adopt the Carequality interoperability framework through its Netsmart EHR network in an effort to improve health data exchange between other acute and community care providers. The behavioral...

Former GE Exec Jeff Immelt Appointed New athenahealth Chairman

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athenahealth has appointed former GE CEO and Chairman Jeff Immelt as its new chairman of the board as part of the health IT company’s strategy to strengthen its governance profile, the health IT company announced midweek. “We are...

FL District Court Dismisses Epic Systems False Claims Act Case

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A district court in Tampa, Florida recently dismissed a False Claims Act case brought against Epic Systems by a WakeMed Health specialist alleging Epic's billing software had incorrectly billed for anesthesia charges, according to court documents...

Cerner, athenahealth Report Success in Changing EHR Market

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Cerner Corporation and athenahealth reported significant growth in the fourth financial quarter of 2017 after expanding their respective client bases in both the ambulatory and community hospital EHR markets. For its part, Cerner experienced...

AMIA Urges FDA Improve Clinical Decision Support Regulation

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently requested the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) improve transparency and performance standards for clinical decision support systems in submitted comments. AMIA’s...

How Specialty-Specific EHR Functionality Improves Patient Care

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The majority of EHR companies have developed solutions targeting the needs of inpatient and ambulatory organizations and workflows of primary care providers. Allscripts, Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems, and other large enterprise companies offer...

OH Medical Center EHR Data Repository Driving Perinatal Research

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Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have launched a regional data repository that integrates maternal, neonatal, and pediatric patient EHR data for perinatal research purposes, details on the official recent CincyInformatix...

How EHR Data Integration, Integrity Hold Back Effective EHR Use

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Regulatory pressures have motivated nearly all healthcare organizations across care settings to engage in EHR use. However, problems with EHR data integration and data integrity still bar some hospitals and health systems from getting the most...

Texas HIE to Link Social Determinants of Health to Patient EHRs

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Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the state’s health information exchange (HIE) HASA are partnering to launch a pilot project for linking social determinants of health data to patient EHRs. The two San Antonio-based organizations...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework a Near-Term Challenge for HIEs

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The ONC health data exchange framework — Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) — may cause short-term cost increases and additional levels of complexity for health information exchanges but will ultimately be worth...

Advocate Health Care Replaces Cerner, Allscripts With Epic EHR

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Advocate Health Care recently announced plans to transition from using a combination of Cerner and Allscripts EHR systems to a single Epic EHR. Illinois’ largest health system made the decision to switch to a single Epic EHR and revenue...

MT Hospital Swaps NextGen EHR for athenahealth EHR Replacement

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After going into considerable debt under the financial stress of a NextGen implementation, Mineral Community Hospital (MCH) in Montana has decided to swap the system for an athenahealth EHR replacement.  The MCH Board of Directors assisted...

Canadian Physician Suspended for Deceptively Altering Patient EHR

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A Canadian physician at Quance East Medical Clinic has been suspended for one month and fined $7,484 by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan after admitting she altered a patient EHR several times in eight months following the...

Coast Guard May Implement Cerner EHR System Mirroring DoD, VA

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The Coast Guard should seriously consider implementing a Cerner EHR system to mirror that of the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA, according to testimony from GAO Director of Information Technology Management Issues David Powner at a recent...

eClinicalWorks EHR Receives 82% Physician Satisfaction Rating

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eClinicalWorks received top marks in physician satisfaction with an approval rating of 82 percent among users, according to a recent report from Reaction Data. Fifty-three percent would advocate for choosing eClinicalWorks while 29 percent (the...

New Epic Interoperability Features Enable User Collaboration

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Epic has released a new functionality — One Virtual System Worldwide — designed to leverage its Care Everywhere interoperability platform for more efficient patient care delivery across all organizations using Epic EHR, according...

athenahealth Overtakes Cerner in KLAS Physician Practice Rankings

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athenahealth beat out Cerner, Allscripts, and eClinicalWorks in the 2018 KLAS overall physician practice vendor rankings in KLAS’s Software & Services report. While athenahealth held its own, enterprise EHR giant Epic received Best...

EHR Problem Lists Not Accurate Enough for Risk Adjustment

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Comorbidity data derived from EHR problem lists is not accurate enough for risk adjustment, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). EHR problem lists comprise patient diagnoses entered into EHR systems by...

Perry County Memorial Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation

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Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) in Missouri will soon begin a Cerner implementation across all acute and ambulatory care sites. The integrated Cerner Millenium EHR will enable providers at the community hospital to access comprehensive...

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