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EHR Use Prevalent Among Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016

September 7, 2017 - A new ONC data brief exploring EHR adoption, use, and interoperability in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) found 64 percent of facilities used EHRs to manage patient health data in 2016. The data brief marks a first at ONC in measuring SNF EHR adoption rates. Authored by Alvarado et al., the brief used data from a 2016 nationally representative census by private healthcare reference information...


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Cerner Partners with HealthSouth for Improved Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation is collaborating with HealthSouth Corporation to form the Post-Acute Innovation Center in Alabama in an effort to develop tools to improve care coordination and patient care management. HealthSouth Corporation is a post-acute...

HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Health information exchanges (HIEs) can improve clinical efficiency for providers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care. For ten years, the Utah Health Information Network...

3 Ways EHR Use, Access Boost Care Coordination Across Settings

by Kate Monica

Care coordination between healthcare settings can have a significant impact on patient care. Strong care coordination is particularly necessary for providers delivering care to high-risk patients. Transitions of care and chronic disease management...

CVS Health, Cleveland Clinic Expand EHR Health Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

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...

Survey Demonstrates Effectiveness of Secure Messaging in ED

by Kate Monica

A recent report found despite secure messaging being cited as the second-most effective real-time communication in emergency departments (ED) behind face-to-face interactions, less than fifty percent of surveyed hospital ED staff report utilizing...

Ohio Hospital Improves Patient Outcomes Using EHR Technology

by Kate Monica

A successful initiative at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center found quality improvement methods — including the development of EHR registries and tools — improves clinical, functional, and patient-reported outcomes for...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is extending its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) to include three more EHR companies to provide healthcare teams with a fuller picture of patient medical records and lessen administrative burden. Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks,...

CommonWell Members to Build Healthcare APIs to Expand Service

by Kate Monica

CommonWell Health Alliance is set to expand as its existing services with agreements from 14 new members committed to building new healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) for the health data exchange platform. “Although there...

Recent Agreements to Extend Cerner EHR, RCM Technology

by Kate Monica

San Juan Regional Medical Center has chosen Cerner to replace over 75 health IT applications with an integrated medical, financial, and population health management system to support patients across the care continuum. The Cerner EHR platform...

Success of Value-based Care Depends on Clinician Data Access

by Kate Monica

The old guard is making way for the new at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The heads of the two federal agencies are stepping down but not...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

PA Health Information Exchange Continues New Member Growth

by Sara Heath

The Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (P3N) just got a little bigger with the addition of Keystone Health Information Exchange (HIE) to its health data repository, according to a press release. KeyHIE joins several other Pennsylvania...

What Family Docs Expect of EHR Interoperability under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has sounded off on methodology proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation and questioned the sense...

Hospitals Use EHR Interoperability to Boost Care Coordination

by Jacqueline Belliveau

SSM Health, a St. Louis-based healthcare system, has launched the National Record Locator Service in efforts to improve care coordination through more comprehensive EHR interoperability measures, according to an official press release. The...

NY Gov. Awards $6M for Upgrades to Health IT, EHR Systems

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Some healthcare providers in New York are about to receive a financial boost to upgrade its health IT infrastructure, including updating EHR systems. According to an official announcement on his website, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo...

Texas Health Information Exchange Shares First Data with HIO

by Sara Heath

A new health information exchange (HIE) is on the Texas map, and it has officially exchanged data with the first of its member HIOs. According to a recent press release, the Paso del Notre Health Information Exchange (PDN HIE) has officially...

Organizations Seek Care Coordination Improvements, Fall Short

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Interest in care coordination improvements fails to have the financial backing necessary for realizing their benefits to providers and patients, according to a recent survey of healthcare professionals. Eighty-six percent of respondents to a...

DoD Awards $139M Contract for Patient Engagement, Access

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to a recent announcement, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Health Agency has awarded McKesson Technology Solutions $139 million for their interoperable secure messaging and patient engagement platform. McKesson received...

How Interoperability, Care Coordination Work to Improve ACOs

by Sara Heath

Interoperability has come to the forefront of health IT conversation, particularly as the industry emphasizes patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, and care coordination. All of these concepts have become a cornerstone of the healthcare...

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