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EHR Scheduling App Zocdoc To Start Charging Patient Fee


Zocdoc, a doctor scheduling app that integrates with the EHR, will abandon its subscription payment model and will now charge a fee for every new patient booking. In an email sent on January 29, 2019, Oliver Kharraz, MD, Zocdoc Founder...

EHR Data to Provide Real-World Evidence for Clinical Trials


EHR data has an important role in the collection and generation of actionable information at FDA. In recent remarks before the Bipartisan Policy Center, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, emphasized the need for real-world evidence...

AMIA Calls for Strictly Clinical Documentation in Patient EHRs


The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has offered a solution to regulatory and administrative burden — separate the clinical from the financial in EHR documentation. In response to an ONC draft strategy for reducing...

EHR Association Voices Support for HHS Clinician Burnout Strategy


In a recent letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the EHR Association (EHRA) commended the majority of recommendations proposed in the federal agency’s draft strategy designed to reduce clinician burnout related to EHR use. “As...

Pew Suggests Boosting EHR Usability, API Use to Cut Clinician Burden


Improving EHR usability and promoting efficient application programming interface (API) use may help to cut down on regulatory burden on clinicians, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization submitted these recommendations to...

Epic Systems Workers Will Continue to Pursue Wage, Overtime Claims


Legal representation for a group of technical writers who brought a class action lawsuit against Epic Systems over wage disputes will continue to pursue wage claims through individual arbitration, according to Kenosha News. In October...

Bipartisan Policy Center Promotes EHR Use in Mental Healthcare


The Bipartisan Policy Center recently recommended policymakers encourage or require mental healthcare providers to adopt EHR systems in a January report detailing opportunities to integrate clinical and mental healthcare. The Washington,...

Nebraska Research Hospital To Launch MEDITECH EHR Implementation


Nebraska-based Boys Town National Research Hospital recently made the decision to begin a MEDITECH EHR implementation as part of an effort to improve revenue cycle management and behavioral healthcare delivery. The hospital specializes in...

Vermont Health Information Exchange Considering Op-Out Consent


After years of struggling to boost the number of patient health records included in the exchange, leaders of Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) are considering changing their consent policy from opt-in to opt-out. Opt-in...

Health Data Exchange Grows, Direct Message Use Jumps 63% in 2018


Health data exchange continues to grow nationwide as Direct message transactions increase by 63 percent in 2018. DirectTrust announced steady growth in the number of healthcare organizations utilizing Direct exchange over the past year,...

CA Behavioral Health Nonprofit Will Launch Cerner EHR System


A nonprofit behavioral health services organization recently made the decision to implement a Cerner EHR system across its facilities as part of an effort to improve the mental health of residents of Northern California. Remi Vista will...

AHA, AAMC Urge Stakeholders to Advance Healthcare Interoperability


AHA, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and five other national hospital associations recently pressed public and private stakeholders to advance healthcare interoperability and health data exchange using a six-point...

VA Seeks Contractor To Conduct Cerner EHR Implementation Testing


VA recently issued a request for information (RFI) about contractors able to assist with testing the federal agency’s Cerner EHR implementation. Cerner officially clinched the $10 billion VA EHR implementation contract in May, 2018....

Canada Hospital Enters EHR Downtime After Discovering Computer Virus


Health Sciences North (HSN) and 20 other hospitals across Ontario, Canada recently entered into a period of EHR downtime following the discovery of a computer virus affecting the hospitals’ MEDITECH EHR system. HSN officials...

Transition to Epic EHR Impedes Prescription Refills at Memorial


Patients aren’t pleased with recent changes at Memorial Hospital in Conway, New Hampshire, that are contributing to considerable lag in approving requests for prescription refills. Terry Leavitt of The Conway Daily Sun reported that...

Integrated Approaches Fueling Allscripts, MEDITECH Growth


A busy week for MEDITECH continues. Following the EHR company’s work to connect Vermont’s Northwestern Medical Center to CommonWell interoperability services, MEDITECH has signed an agreement with West Virginia's Williamson...

GAO Identifies Additional Efforts to Improve Patient Matching


The Government Accountability Office recently released findings from interviews of nearly two score of physicians, hospitals, and other stakeholders that detail the many challenges in the way of patient matching as well as potential...

MEDITECH Brings CommonWell Interoperability to VT Health System


Northwestern Medical Center of St. Albans is now live with CommonWell interoperability services thanks to MEDITECH, an critical member of the CommonWell Health Alliance. “Northwestern Medical Center is excited to partner with...

Maryland’s Meritus Health Completes Epic Go-Live with Mercy


Meritus Health is now an Epic shop and has Mercy Technology Services (MTS) to thank for a successful rollout. “Adopting a new EHR can be a costly, time-consuming process for any health care system,” said Meritus Health CFO Tom...

Senate Committee Says EHR Modernization Cannot Be Allowed to Fail


In a letter to newly appointed VA CIO James Gfrerer, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester (D-MT) detailed the level of scrutiny the federal agency will be under for its high-profile and experience IT...



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