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Pew Urges ONC Expand EHR Data Included in Health Data Exchange

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Pew Charitable Trusts recently requested ONC support the expansion of health data exchange via application programming interfaces (APIs) beyond common clinical data sets (CCDS) to include a wider variety of important EHR data. In a letter to...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

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Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand its real-time...

275 Adventist Health Jobs Transition to Cerner for Partnership

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Adventist Health will transition about 275 jobs from its headquarters in Roseville, California to Cerner Corporation. Approximately 190 of these jobs will become health IT positions. The other 85 positions will transition to revenue processing....

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Enjoying Support of Industry

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The American Hospital Association (AHA), DirectTrust, and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) have voiced support for ONC’s efforts to improve health data exchange via the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common...

Jones Memorial Recovers From EHR Downtime Due to Cyberattack

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Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) officials recently announced its systems are back online after a period of EHR downtime lasting about two weeks. A cyberattack at the Wellsville hospital forced staff to temporarily revert to manually entering patient...

Green Mountain Care Board Approves $151.7M Epic Implementation

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The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has approved a $151.7-million Epic implementation at four hospital affiliates of the University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network. The Epic implementation is an effort to enhance patient care delivery and care...

Mercy Partners with GoHealth Urgent Care, Extends Epic EHR

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Mercy recently partnered with GoHealth Urgent Care to create a network of 30 co-branded urgent care centers across the Midwest operating on a single, unified Epic EHR system. The partnership will improve patient care delivery and health data...

Allscripts to Acquire Practice Fusion in $100M Cash Deal

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Allscripts recently announced it will acquire Practice Fusion EHR in a $100 million cash deal in an effort to further expand its reach into ambulatory care settings. Practice Fusion and its EHR technology will complement Allscripts existing ambulatory...

McKesson Wins $400M DoD Imaging Health IT System Contract

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The Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a $400 million contract to McKesson Technologies for a digital imaging network picture archiving and communications health IT system. McKesson will likely supply and maintain the system —...

ONC Releases Trusted Health Data Exchange Framework Draft

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ONC recently announced the release of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft intended to advance health data exchange and interoperability. “This is really the network of networks concept,” said National Coordinator...

Henry Ford Health System Recovers From EHR Downtime Episode

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Henry Ford Health System in Michigan recently resolved a power outage that resulted in a period of EHR downtime and some minor delays in patient care. “All computer applications affected by today’s power issue at our data center are...

AHRQ Challenge to Enable EHR Integration of Patient Reported Data

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently announced plans to launch a challenge competition in fall of 2018 to develop health IT capable of enabling EHR integration of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data. The competition...

eClinicalWorks EHR Certification Subject of Recent Legal Action

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Carrollton Family Clinic of Mississippi is taking legal action following the $155-million settlement between eClinicalWorks and the Department of Justice over allegations that the EHR company falsely obtained certification for its EHR software....

SHIEC Patient Centered Data Health Information Exchange Goes Live

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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently announced the nationwide launch of health information exchange model Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH). PCDH is a health data exchange system with a focus on interstate...

4 Ways to Reduce EHR Use-Related Patient Safety Threats

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Most healthcare providers, patients, and industry stakeholders agree EHR technology has the potential to yield marked improvements in population health management, predictive medicine, and clinical decision-making. However, EHR use also introduces...

CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Data Submission System

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Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can now use a new system to submit 2017 performance data, CMS announced midweek The data submission system is available on the CMS QPP website. The new system eliminates the...

Cyberattack Leads to MEDITECH EHR Downtime in Western New York

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A recent cyberattack has led to EHR downtime approaching one week at Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) in Wellsville, New York. Patient health records and email have been inaccessible to all providers at the hospital, according to a report by Buffalo...

EHR Optimization Before, During, and After Implementation

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As EHR adoption becomes nearly ubiquitous across all hospital specialties, many providers are also becoming increasingly frustrated with the technology. Well-informed EHR optimization decisions throughout the many phases of implementation can...

Eligible Hospitals Must Use QNet for Meaningful Use Attestation

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CMS recently issued a reminder that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs must use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations in 2018. “As of January...

6 EHR Implementations, Go-Lives Slated for Completion in 2018

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In 2017, several hospitals and health systems signed EHR implementation deals with large enterprise health IT companies — some clocking in at over $1 billion — as these healthcare organizations undergo EHR replacements. Whether their...

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