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GaHIN Awards $500K in Grants to Improve Health Data Exchange

January 15, 2018 - The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to its members in 2017 to help providers connect to the HIE and expand health data exchange statewide. Over the past three years, GaHIN’s Intermediary Grant Program has distributed $2.5 million to the state’s eligible providers and hospitals. The program is intended to improve health data access...


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Two GA Healthcare Centers to Share Single Epic EHR Platform

by Kate Monica

Piedmont Healthcare and Shepherd Center recently signed on to share an Epic EHR platform in a hospital-to-hospital hosting agreement. As part of the agreement, Piedmont will extend its Epic EHR to Shepherd Center to offer patients a single medical...

AMIA, Pew Charitable Trust Advocate for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a joint letter to congressional appropriators requesting they ensure ONC has adequate funding to implement the EHR reporting program. In the...

Post-Acute Care EHR Adoption, Health Data Exchange Lags Behind

by Kate Monica

Inpatient post-acute care organizations lag significantly behind other healthcare settings in EHR adoption and health data exchange, according to a recent Black Book survey of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Black Book surveyed...

Unsustainable Workloads Could Lead to Physician Burnout

by Kate Monica

An athenahealth survey found almost half of practicing physicians believe they will have trouble maintaining their workload in the long term, which could potentially lead to physician burnout if left unaddressed by senior leadership. The...

EHR Use Prevalent Among Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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