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EHR Alerts Reduce Overuse of Cardiac Monitoring, Cut Costs

December 13, 2018 - EHR alerts can be helpful for reducing unnecessary use of cardiac monitoring — or telemetry — and cutting excess hospital spending, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers at the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center conducted a randomized clinical study of 1,066 hospitalizations...


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UCSF Leveraging Epic EHR, FHIR to Manage Newborn Weight Loss

by Kate Monica

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is launching a new tool that leverages data from the health system’s Epic EHR to enable clinicians to improve clinical decision support for providers caring for newborns in the first...

ECRI Opens Access to Clinical Decision-Making Guideline Portal

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently opened free access to its ECRI Guidelines Trust portal, which offers expertly-vetted, evidence-based guidelines to assist providers with clinical decision-making. The resource will grow overtime as more clinical...

3 Ways EHR Alerts Can Help to Improve Patient Health Outcomes

by Kate Monica

During EHR implementation and optimization projects, hospitals and health systems have the option of integrating a variety of different types of EHR alerts into clinical workflows and clinical decision support functionality. While alerts...

Mayo Clinic, NDSC Launch EHR-Integrated Blood Management Tool

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic has partnered with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to launch an EHR-integrated blood management solution that pairs Mayo Clinic’s clinical expertise with NDSC’s EHR-enabled clinical decision support product...

ECRI Will Host Retired AHRQ Clinical Decision-Making Guidelines

by Kate Monica

The ECRI Institute recently announced it is bringing the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) retired National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) back online to provide healthcare professionals with clinical...

UCHealth Innovation Center to Advance Clinical Decision Support, AI

by Kate Monica

A new innovation center at Aurora-based University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) will support health IT innovation to improve clinical decision support, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics, as well as advancements in virtual...

EHR Use Ineffective in Improving Heart Failure Health Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Despite early promises that EHR use could assist in reducing hospital readmissions and boosting care quality, new research from the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found EHR use has been largely ineffective in improving...

EHR Clinical Documentation Differs Between Nurses, Physicians

by Kate Monica

Physicians and nurses note very different concepts in EHR clinical documentation during patient visits, according to a recent study by researchers at the in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Boyd et al. conducted the study...

AMIA Urges FDA Improve Clinical Decision Support Regulation

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently requested the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) improve transparency and performance standards for clinical decision support systems in submitted...

Solo Practitioner Not Using EHR System Denied License Reissue

by Kate Monica

A New Hampshire judge has denied a request from solo practitioner family physician Anna M. Konopka, MD to regain her medical license in part because of her decision to practice without an EHR system. The octogenarian was forced to stop...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Increase HPV Vaccination

by Kate Monica

Physicians using EHR systems with clinical decision support are more likely to lead to the ordering human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines when alerts are included, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care...

Solo Doctor Forfeits Medical License Over Paper Records

by Kate Monica

Following an investigation into her into her patient health record keeping, prescribing, and clinical decision making, a physician in the New Hampshire town of New London is no longer licensed to practice medicine. The New Hampshire Board...

Mayo Clinic Adds Clinical Decision Support Tools to Labs

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic recently partnered with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to develop a clinical decision support (CDS) tool comprising recommendations for lab test ordering. The tool will be available to healthcare providers...

How Efficient EHR Use Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

by Kate Monica

Effective EHR use can improve care coordination, streamline daily clinical processes, and save hospitals money. However, EHR systems continue to receive blame for contributing to rising rates of physician burnout, a deteriorating...

Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

by Kate Monica

The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer....

Clinical Decision Support Central to Advancing Cancer Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Innovations in cancer research and treatment guidelines make clinical decision support (CDS) tools a critical resource for providers. Writing in Oncology Times, Lalan Wilfong, MD, of Texas Oncology identified CDS tools as one of five...

Clinical Decision Support Guidelines Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition recently requested public comment on its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing clinical decision support (CDS) systems. The CDS Coalition — including software...

Ambulatory EHR Market to Become $5.2B Industry by 2021

by Kate Monica

New market research projects the ambulatory EHR market to reach $5.2 billion by 2012, a 5.8-percent growth rate. The report details the major sources of growth in the market as well as limitations most likely to keep the industry from...

VA Invests in Clinical Decision Support Tool Standardization

by Kate Monica

In an effort to promote interoperability, efficiency, and safety of patient care, VA has chosen two vendors to improve and standardize its clinical decision support: Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence. The two...

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