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Interoperability Key in EHNAC Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program

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WEDI, SAFE-BioPharma Association, LLC, eHI, and eP3 Foundation are collaborating with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) to launch a Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program (TEAP) to further improve healthcare...

Cerner Impersonator Convicted of $19M Health IT Fraud Scheme

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Suresh Mitta of Richardson, Texas has been convicted in a federal jury trial of impersonating Cerner Corporation in a $19 million health IT fraud scheme, according to an announcement from the Western District of Missouri’s Department of...

CMS Accepting New Promoting Interoperability Measure Proposals

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CMS recently announced it is accepting proposals for new measures stakeholders would like to see included in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability (PI) program. The federal agency will accept proposals until June 29. CMS is encouraging stakeholders...

MI Health Information Exchange Joins Opioid Research Project

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Michigan health information exchange (HIE) Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) will assist in a University of Michigan project centered on researching the scope and impact of the opioid crisis. Editor's note: A previous version of this article...

System-wide Epic EHR Downtime Affects 24 Sutter Health Hospitals

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Sutter Health is in a period of EHR downtime affecting its Epic EHR and all internal communications across its 24 hospitals, according to The Press Democrat.  The system-wide network outage occurred at about 10:30 PM on May 14. The activation...

Patient Data Access Next Step in Healthcare Interoperability

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The push for nationwide healthcare interoperability has been fueled by organizations integrating EHRs and working toward as smooth of a transition as possible into the digital era. Now that the technological aspect is there, it is becoming increasingly...

EHR Patient Data Access Remains Expensive, Challenging for Some

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While regulators and patient advocacy groups alike have been pushing for improved EHR patient data access in recent months, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found some patients still run up against hefty fees or reluctant providers...

Stigmatizing Language in Patient EHRs Influences Clinician Bias

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Stigmatizing language used in patient EHRs can potentially influence the attitudes of physicians-in-training with regard to patients, possibly impacting physicians’ medication prescribing behavior, according to research published in the...

athenahealth Not Engaging With Elliott Acquisition Offers

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athenahealth has not directly communicated with Elliott Management about the hedge fund’s nearly $7 billion all-cash acquisition offer, according to an open letter to the athenahealth board from Elliott Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Deemed Ineffective, Unsuitable

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The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) MHS GENESIS EHR system implementations at Initial Operating Capability (IOC) care sites across the Pacific Northwest are not operationally effective or suitable, according to a newly-released Initial...

42% of Healthcare CIOs List Patient Matching Issues a Top Priority

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While healthcare CIOs cite patient matching as a top issue at their institution, there is still a lack of awareness for how large of a problem duplicate or fragmented patient EHRs can be for providers, according to recent research. Forty-two...

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

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In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a new approach...

Cerner EHR Ranked Highest for 3rd Year in Nursing EHR Satisfaction

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There has been a definite shift in nursing EHR satisfaction levels over the past few years, showing the perceived value in EHRs in delivering higher quality care, according to recent Black Book research. Cerner EHR received top rankings from...

Health Information Exchange Hindered by Patient Matching Issues

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Clarifying the unique patient identifier to enable patient matching is critical to ensure the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, and the federal government must take strides to aid the private sector in these efforts,...

EHR System Customization Benefits Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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EHR system customization can help to streamline the implementation of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM.) PCMHs are designed to boost...

VA Will Make Final Cerner EHR Contract Decision by Memorial Day

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Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will make a decision about VA’s Cerner EHR contract by Memorial Day, VA CFO and Assistant Secretary for Management John Rychalski told the VA subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and...

eHealth Exchange Set to Join Carequality Interoperability Framework

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The eHealth Exchange and Carequality will soon be two distinct subsidiaries under the Sequoia Project, with the former joining the Carequality interoperability framework later this year. The Sequoia Project is updating its corporate structure,...

Forthcoming ONC Health IT Certification Rule Will Support TEFCA

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ONC recently announced the development of a new proposed rule that would update the Health IT Certification Program to support voluntary attestation to the adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to promote network-to-network...

Outdated Regulatory Requirements Key Physician Burnout Cause

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Regulatory reform allowing clinicians to cut down on their documentation requirements would improve accuracy, enable better use for research, and help cut down on overall physician burnout, according to recent research published in the Annals...

North Dakota Statewide EMS Initiative Promotes EHR Use

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The North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDHS) Division of Emergency Medical Systems is launching an initiative to allow emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to engage in EHR use during fast-paced patient transport. The state health...

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