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EHR, Interoperability, EHR Optimization and EHR Vendor

Handful of EHR Systems Achieve 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

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All three Greenway EHR and practice management solutions have achieved 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help providers meet federal reporting requirements as the healthcare industry transitions to the value-based care system. The solutions...

Cerner, MEDITECH Offer Most EHR Solutions Across Care Continuum

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A new KLAS report focused on which health IT companies best help users adapt to each care setting found Cerner and MEDITECH to be leading the way in developing solutions across the care continuum. However, most large health systems still choose...

ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Selects 3 Winners

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ONC today announced the three winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge. Winning submissions were selected from a pool of over 140 competing teams and nearly 7,000 algorithm submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. Algorithms were...

UVM Health Network Awaits Approval for $200M Epic EHR Replacement

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University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network leadership recently testified before the Green Mountain Care Board in an effort to gain approval for a new Epic EHR replacement that may cost up to $200 million. The EHR replacement would upgrade systems...

Critical Access Hospitals Unlikely to Engage in Advanced EHR Use

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A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, and Jay Holmgren at the University of Michigan found critical access hospitals (CAHs) are less likely than other hospitals to use EHR data for performance measurement and patient engagement. According...

MO HIE Connects to eHealth Exchange for Improved Interoperability

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The University of Missouri (MU) Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange (HIE) recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange in an effort to enable improved interoperability with SSM Health. Patients receiving...

Congress Seeks Improved Oversight of VA Cerner EHR Implementation

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Four House Representatives have introduced legislation to increase Congress’s oversight of the VA Cerner EHR implementation. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, MD (R-TN), Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), Subcommittee...

Major EHR Companies to Integrate New Surescripts Pharmacy Tool

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Surescripts is now offering a real-time prescription benefit tool as well as an expanded prior authorization solutions integrated directly into physician EHR systems to assist with prescription decision-making processes. The health information...

Allscripts Expects Paragon EHR Success After Encouraging Quarter

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Allscripts executives expect Paragon EHR to excel as an integrated EHR and revenue cycle management solution for community hospitals following its successful acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business, according...

Stakeholders Voice Support for 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule

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Stakeholders including the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently released comments on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) 2018 final rule that include suggestions to change the new low-volume threshold. On November 2, CMS released...

Consolidating to Simplify Health Data Exchange, Interoperability

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True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sector as 2017 comes to a close. Health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs),...

MIPS Changes in the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule

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The recently released CMS 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule includes policies to reduce administrative burden for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Specifically, the final rule includes...

CMS Issues Quality Payment Program Year 2 Final Rule

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CMS today issued the final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes policies to reduce administrative burden on providers and better support clinicians in small and rural practices in meeting program requirements....

EHR Data Use Can Help Identify Senior Patients At Risk of Falling

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EHR data use can assist in clinical decision support to more efficiently identify senior patients with a high risk of falling, according to a study published in the Fall 2017 issue of AHIMA’s online journal, Perspectives in Health Information...

Indiana Health System Goes Live with Epic EHR, Patient Portal

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Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Columbus Regional health system is based in Georgia. Indiana-based Columbus Regional Health system recently announced the launch of its Epic EHR implementation on November...

Rocky Cerner EHR Implementation Spurs Conflict, Billing Problems

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Medical Center Health System (MCHS) in Texas has experienced persistent billing problems and rising tensions between management and hospital staff following a Cerner EHR implementation that went live earlier this year. The Cerner EHR system is...

Vanderbilt Readies for $200M System-Wide Epic Implementation

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is set to go live with its over $200 million Epic implementation at midnight on November 2. VUMC anticipates a period of about six to seven hours during which hospital staff will rely on “downtime”...

NJ Health Center Completes eClinicalWorks EHR Implementation

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The Center for Health Education Medicine & Dentistry (CHEMED) has successfully implemented its new eClinicalWorks EHR system complete with an electronic dental record and a behavioral health module. The cloud-based EHR solution will assist...

CMS to Implement New Health IT Standard for Reporting eCQMs

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CMS recently announced that its quality programs will transition to the CQL standard (CQL Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU 2) for logic expression. Using CLQ will allow for better aligned standards between clinical decision support and...

South Dakota Health System Goes Live with Epic Implementation

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Regional Health in South Dakota recently went live with its Epic implementation at all hospitals, clinics, urgent care facilities, and specialty treatment centers in its network. “Every time you visit a Regional Health clinic or hospital...

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