Electronic Health Records

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How Strong Health Data Governance Ensures EHR Data Integrity

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Health data governance best practices are necessary for ensuring providers are getting the most out of their EHR systems. Maintaining the principles of data governance and implementing strategies to improve EHR data quality, use, and exchange...

Report Ranks Top Five Best, Worst States for EHR Adoption

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A recent report by the Center for Data Innovation ranked each state based on its rate of EHR adoption and provided recommendations on how policymakers can enable more efficient data use. Data innovation—specifically in the healthcare industry—is...

CMS Opens Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application

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Applications for Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship Exceptions are now open for eligible clinicians participating in the 2017 transition year, CMS announced. The federal agency issued the announcement in a recent listserv email. Clinicians...

Most Significant Epic, Cerner Health IT Achievements of 2017

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Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation solidified their status as top dogs in the health IT industry in 2017. Both health IT companies scored massive contracts this year, with Epic continuing to gain popularity among the private sector and Cerner...

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

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ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal agency...

CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

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As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among the...

Federal Opioid Commission Seeks PDMP Health Data Exchange

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The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis published an interim report requesting President Trump encourage state and federal prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to participate in health data exchange...

New SHIEC Member Supports Behavioral Health Data Exchange

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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently extended membership to Reliance eHealth Collaborative to expand the initiative’s support of behavioral health data exchange. The health information exchange is a community-based...

How to Select the Right EHR Replacement Vendor, System

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With EHR adoption nearly ubiquitous across inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, many healthcare organizations are now in the position of considering EHR replacement. The decision to replace an existing EHR system is a serious one based...

Pew Calls on VA to Prioritize Health Data Exchange, Safety

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In a recent letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and the federal agency to prioritize health data exchange and patient safety in its forthcoming EHR implementation....

EHR Use Nearly Universal in Hospital Outpatient Practices

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EHR adoption is nearly universal in hospital-owned outpatient practices as of 2017, according to the latest research from HIMSS Analytics. The 9th Annual Outpatient PM and EHR Study pulled data from myriad sources, including a web-based survey...

Nephrology HIE Adoption Leads to Improved Care Coordination

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A recent study found connecting to an HIE can assist in overcoming information gaps in patient care and improve care coordination for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in need of ongoing dialysis. A collaborative effort between Quality...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic health...

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

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ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

Meritus Health Launches $100M Epic EHR Implementation Project

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Meritus Health in Maryland recently signed a $100 million deal for an integrated Epic EHR implementation, in a process set to take place over a five-year span. The integrated EHR system will streamline patient care delivery for providers and...

AMIA Submits ONC Interoperability Framework Recommendations

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Donald Rucker, MD with recommendations to improve the ONC Interoperability Framework. Representing 5,400...

eClinicalWorks Lawsuit Leads to EHR Replacement for Few Users

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A new KLAS report surveying customer reactions to the eClinicalWorks $155 million settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) found that only 4 percent of customers plan to find a replacement EHR as a result of the settlement. While 66 percent...

CVS Health, Cleveland Clinic Expand EHR Health Data Sharing

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CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic recently announced plans to streamline and improve their level of communication by enhancing the health data sharing functionalities in their EHR systems. Minute Clinic, CVS Pharmacy, and Cleveland Clinic intend...

CHIME to Take Over Annual Healthcare Most Wired Study

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) will now be in charge of conducting the annual healthcare Most Wired hospitals study. CHIME will take over all aspects of the survey and benchmarking program starting next year....

Utah HIE Links Three Western Health Information Exchanges

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The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) recently linked with three other health information exchanges across the West in an effort to facilitate the exchange of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications for individuals who visit...

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