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Transition to Epic EHR Impedes Prescription Refills at Memorial

January 18, 2019 - Patients aren’t pleased with recent changes at Memorial Hospital in Conway, New Hampshire, that are contributing to considerable lag in approving requests for prescription refills. Terry Leavitt of The Conway Daily Sun reported that hospital staff at the 25-bed critical access hospital is unable keep up with the volume of requests and administrators have acknowledged...

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Cerner Bringing Prescription Drug Pricing to Point of Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Thursday, the Kansas City-based company announced that a CoverMyMeds solution for reviewing prescription pricing information during a doctor’s visit would be integrated into its electronic prescribing tool, Cerner...

Health IT Adoption of Surescripts Price Transparency Tool Surges

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is experiencing a surge in new users as health IT adoption of its Real-Time Prescription Benefit tool increases fortyfold in a year. Prescribers have so far used the tool 30 million times to view patient-specific price and...

EHR Usability Challenges Threaten Patient Safety in Pediatric Care

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR usability can pose a threat to patient safety in pediatric care, particularly during medication prescribing. This finding comes in a new Health Affairs study by a team of researchers from MedStar Health. Raj Ratwani et...

EHR Medication Lists Lack Accuracy, May Threaten Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

EHR medication lists are often inaccurate and incomplete, opening the door for adverse drug reactions, un-informed clinical decision-making, and poor medication monitoring, according to a new JAMA study. Researchers from Vanderbilt...

HIMSS, Health IT Now Weigh In On CMS Opioid Crisis Guidance

by Kate Monica

Healthcare industry stakeholders have mixed opinions about recent CMS guidance advising ways states can leverage health IT and EHR technology to address the opioid crisis. A June 11 letter from CMS provided guidance to states about...

Surescripts Sees Health Data Exchange Growth with 26% Increase

by Elizabeth Snell

The Surescripts interoperability network saw a 26 percent increase in its secure health data exchange transactions in 2017, enabling 13.7 total transactions, the company reported in its 2017 National Progress Report. Surescripts increased...

CVS Offering Prescription Benefit Information Through Surescripts

by Kate Monica

CVS Health pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) within CVS Caremark will now provide real-time, member-specific prescription benefit information and lower-cost therapeutic alternatives at the point of prescribing through Surescripts...

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...

Surescripts Facilitated Health Data Exchange Growth in 2016

by Kate Monica

Surescripts recently released its 2016 National Progress Report showing the interoperability network enabled over 10.9 billion secure transactions in 2016 — up 12 percent from the previous year. In 2016, Surescripts increased the...

E-Prescribing to Benefit from Electronic Transactions Changes

by Kate Monica

  That is the focus of new reform principles developed by the American Medical Association in partnership with other medical academies to reduce the cost and inefficiencies of prior authorizations. As AMA and other associations...

E-Prescribing, EHR Use May Decrease Medication Non-Adherence

by Sara Heath

E-prescribing and physician EHR use may be the key to reducing medication non-adherence, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The study, led by researcher Adewole S. Adamson, MD, investigated the frequency of medication...

Maine Introduces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Earlier this week, Maine enacted a bill that will require healthcare providers to electronically prescribe opioids, according to an official statement from the Office of Governor Robert R. LePage. The reform bill will require all...

NY e-Prescribing Mandate Takes on Controlled Substance Abuse

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For those looking to address the abuse of controlled substances, an important mandate goes into effect this weekend in New York State requiring electronic prescribing of controlled substances (ePCS) for all prescribers. The effective date...

Health Information Exchange to Build on 2015 Advancements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Interoperability and health information exchange are deeply intertwined. While advancing interoperability should enabled the more efficient exchange of health information, health data exchange is already taking place through the leveraging...

New York Approaches Key Deadline for Electronic Prescribing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: On March 13, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that delays the e-prescribing of controlled substances by a full year. New York healthcare providers and pharmacies are approaching an important deadline for...

Medical Groups Urge NY to Reconsider e-Prescribing Mandate

by Jennifer Bresnick

A number of New York State professional societies are asking the Department of Health for a one year delay to an e-Prescribing mandate that would require all prescribers to transmit prescriptions electronically, even for non-controlled...

ePrescribing Expected and Preferred in 82% of Older Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic prescribing is both an expected and preferred technology for older patients, most of whom have to juggle multiple medications on a daily basis, finds a study published in AHIMA’s Perspectives in Health Information...



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