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MI Physicians Struggle to Access Patient EHRs Through State PDMP

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Less than half of Michigan physicians can access the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through their EHR systems a year after the state spent $2.8 million upgrading the PDMP to support EHR integration. Michigan state...

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

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While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare...

Virginia Launches Emergency Department Care Coordination Program

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Virginia recently launched its emergency department care coordination (EDCC) program to connect all emergency departments in the Commonwealth for streamlined communication and collaboration across healthcare facilities. The program...

eClinicalWorks Fined $132K for Patient Safety Reporting Failure

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently fined eClinicalWorks $132,000 for failing to report patient safety issues to the regulatory body as reportable events in a timely manner. The health IT company is required to report patient...

3 Ways to Improve Patient Safety, Diagnoses with Health IT Use

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Improving communication between providers, diagnostic testing and medication tracking, and documentation through health IT use can help to reduce delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnoses. This set of safe health IT use recommendations was...

EHR Data Helps to Predict Short-Term Mortality for Cancer Patients

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Combining the power of EHR data with machine learning may be the key to more accurately predicting mortality among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. This finding comes from a recent JAMA study by Elfiky et al. that explored the...

Trump Nominates James Gfrerer as VA CIO, Assistant IT Secretary

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President Trump has nominated James Paul Gfrerer to spearhead the IT department at VA, according to a public statement from the White House. The former marine and executive director at Ernst & Young — a cybersecurity practice...

How to Optimize EHR Downtime Preparedness, Reduce Slowdowns

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With EHR use now nearly ubiquitous across healthcare organizations, the prospect of a sudden, sustained period of EHR downtime disrupting hospital operations has crept to the forefront of industry concerns.  In 2018, several...

CRISP HIE Adopts API Infrastructure to Boost Health Data Exchange

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The Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP) health information exchange (HIE) recently adopted an application programming interface (API) gateway into its infrastructure to improve health data exchange and EHR interoperability for...

WV Hospital Improvement Plan Includes Ambulatory EHR System Rollout

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West Virginia-based Mon Health Medical Center will implement a new EHR system at its ambulatory care facilities as part of an operations improvement plan (OIP) intended to help the hospital recover from significant financial...

Docs Access GA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Using Epic EHR

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Southeast Permanente Medical Group (SPMG) recently connected to Georgia’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through its Epic EHR to enable safer prescribing practices among clinicians and improved substance abuse disorder...

CT Struggles to Launch Statewide Health Information Exchange

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Connecticut healthcare leaders are still facing challenges with launching a health information exchange (HIE) after investing $5 million over nearly 18 months into the project. This is the state’s fourth attempt to establish an...

DoD Will Raise MHS GENESIS EHR Implementation Contract by $1.1B

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The Department of Defense (DoD) will raise the ceiling of its MHS GENESIS EHR implementation contract by about $1.1 billion to accommodate adding the Coast Guard to the project, according to a Justification and Approval posted to the...

How to Boost Clinical Efficiency During Health IT Adoption

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Introducing new technologies into physicians’ offices, emergency departments, and hospital rooms gives clinicians opportunities to optimize clinical efficiency, access accurate health data, and deliver high-quality patient care. But...

DirectTrust Appoints New CEO to Head Health Data Exchange Alliance

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DirectTrust recently appointed DataFile Technologies Director of Strategy and Interoperability Scott Stuewe as the its new President and CEO to advance health data exchange among member organizations. Stuewe succeeds former DirectTrust...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary

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In an 86 to 9 vote on Monday night, the Senate confirmed former Department of Defense (DoD) Undersecretary Robert Wilkie as the new VA secretary, according to CNN. “I applaud the United States Senate for confirming Robert Wilkie as...

1,500 Epic Systems Employees May File Individual Arbitrations

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Up to 1,500 quality assurance and technical writers at Epic Systems may file wage and working hours claims through individual arbitration after the health IT company won a major Supreme Court labor law case that barred employees from...

FDA Provides Guidance for EHR Data Use in Clinical Investigations

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FDA released new guidance this month intended to inform EHR data use in clinical investigations, ensure EHR data quality and integrity, promote interoperability between EHR systems and electronic data capture (EDC) systems, and relay FDA...

Banner Health $45M Cerner EHR Replacement Led to Medical Errors

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Providers at Tucson-based Banner Health filed several medical error reports following a 2017 Cerner EHR replacement, according to public records from an Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) investigation obtained by the Arizona...

AHA Seeks Changes to Stark Law to Support Care Coordination

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Stark Law in its current form impedes care coordination and limits physicians’ ability to transition to a value-based care system, according to AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. Pollack emphasized the need for legislators and...

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