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3 Things to Remember During the EHR Implementation Process

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Whether a provider is looking to undergo its first EHR implementation process or is looking for replacement options, putting a new system into an organization takes careful consideration. Each healthcare organization is different and will have...

UCHealth Innovation Center to Advance Clinical Decision Support, AI

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A new innovation center at Aurora-based University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) will support health IT innovation to improve clinical decision support, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics, as well as advancements in virtual health...

Bill Promoting Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes House

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The House of Representatives recently passed 25 bills aimed at combating the opioid crisis, including one piece of legislation that establishes a demonstration program to test federal incentive payments for behavioral health EHR adoption. “Individually,...

Harnessing Effective EHR Use for Improved Patient Care

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Improving EHR use can help reduce physician burnout and strengthen the patient care process. When healthcare providers understand how to best leverage new technologies and are able to adopt and implement an integrated EHR system, both patients...

Sequoia Project Modernizes Patient EHR Matching Framework

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The Sequoia Project recently released an updated national patient EHR matching framework to streamline health data exchange across healthcare organizations. The framework is detailed in a revised white paper titled “A Framework for Cross-Organizational...

CMS Urges EHR Integration of PDMP Data to Reduce Provider Burden

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State Medicaid programs should improve EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to reduce provider burden and allow healthcare organizations to easily track patient information related to opioid use, stated CMS Acting...

CMS Opioid Roadmap Prioritizes Healthcare Interoperability

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A recently released CMS opioid roadmap provides strategies to reduce opioid overuse among Medicare beneficiaries through improved healthcare interoperability. The federal agency’s three-pronged approach focuses on opioid use disorder (OUD)...

Health IT Innovation Centered on the Physician-Patient Interface

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Several efforts to put physicians and patients at the center of health IT innovation are currently underway at AMA. Speaking at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, detailed the association’s approach to resolving challenges...

4 Key Areas to Watch in Healthcare Interoperability

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Technology is ever-evolving, and with that evolution comes an increasing amount of data. Healthcare interoperability is a way for organizations to utilize information and ensure that patients can receive proper care, even if they move from one...

How Web-Based EHR Systems Save Community Hospitals Money

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More and more health IT companies are working to develop affordable EHR system offerings geared toward meeting the needs of small, rural, and community hospitals. Enterprise health IT companies such as Epic and Cerner — which formerly catered...

Most Clinical Trial Participants Support Health Data Sharing

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The vast majority of clinical trial participants approve of health data sharing among researchers as long as the appropriate safeguards are in place, according to new findings in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Despite the high number...

HHS Takes First Step to Spur Health IT Innovation, Investment

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With many physicians and healthcare industry leaders raising complaints about the slow pace of health IT innovation, HHS is looking for new ways to drum up competition, funding, and ideas necessary for accelerated improvements. In a newly-released...

New York Expands ADT Notification Use Statewide Through SHIN-NY

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The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) will expand the use of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications across the state through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) to improve care coordination and...

Ballad Health Swaps Cerner EHR for Epic EHR Replacement

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Tennessee-based Ballad Health recently approved a plan to launch an Epic EHR replacement project to improve connectivity and care coordination between hospitals and providers. The Epic system will replace Ballad’s former Cerner EHR. Ballad...

Additional EHR System Features, Interoperability Top 2018 Trends

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There are five key areas that EHR vendors should focus on for the rest of the year to stay competitive, including focusing on specific EHR system features, the continued push for interoperability, and patient engagement needs, according to a...

Jonathan Bush’s Resignation Opens Door for athenahealth Sale

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athenahealth will potentially pursue a sale or merger following CEO Jonathan Bush’s resignation, effective immediately, according to CNBC. Bush’s resignation follows reports of old and new allegations against him have surfaced, though...

NIH Strategic Plan Promotes Health IT Usability, Interoperability

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a strategic plan intended to inform data science that highlights the need for health IT usability and interoperability for enabling biomedical research. She has NIH collaborated with scientists,...

Apple Health Records API Now Open to Health IT Innovators

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A new Apple Health Records application programming interface (API) allows health IT innovators and researchers to create apps that leverage health record data to improve medication management, nutrition plan development, disease diagnosis, and...

40% of Physicians See More EHR Challenges than Benefits

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Over half – 59 percent – of primary care physicians (PCPs) think that EHRs should be completely overhauled, with 40 percent stating that there are more EHR challenges than benefits, according to recent research from Stanford Medicine....

HIMSS Suggests CMS Reduce Administrative Burden of eCQM Reporting

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In a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, HIMSS recommended several ways the federal agency can improve electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development, implementation, and reporting to reduce administrative burden on providers...

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