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Do Criticisms of Certified EHR Adoption Miss the Point?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The past week has seen two expressions used recently to voice dissatisfaction with certified EHR adoption — "snake oil" and "bear trap." But those criticisms are not shared by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's CIO John D....

Cost, Hospital Efficiency Still Major Barriers to EHR Adoption

by Sara Heath

Despite potential for incentive payments, cost, as well as other challenges, remains a significant barrier to EHR adoption, finds a recent study published in JMIR Medical Informatics. In the study, lead author Clemens Scott Kruse, MBA,...

Hospital EHR Adoption of Basic Systems Tops 83%, CEHRT 96%

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Certified EHR technology is in place at most hospitals with basic EHR technology adoption also reaching an all-time high, according to new data published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The...

AHRQ Announces Health IT Research Funding Opportunities

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be sponsoring research projects geared toward bettering health information technology, according to a public statement. Specifically, the agency seeks to support research for...

Epic EHR Implementation Causes Financial Issues at MA Hospital

by Sara Heath

A Massachusetts hospital will be laying off 95 employees as a result of financial losses following an Epic Systems EHR implementation. According to Jessica Bartlett of Boston Business Journal, Southcoast Hospital will be cutting one...

Why EHR Replacement Projects Should Take a Slow Trajectory

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry shifts to new models of care, healthcare organizations look to enhance their EHR technology through EHR replacements and EHR optimizations. Between care coordination, patient-centered care, and the persistent...

4 Steps for Ensuring a Successful EHR Optimization Project

by Sara Heath

With EHR adoption widespread across the healthcare industry, providers are now looking for opportunities for EHR optimization to make up for inefficiencies and other problems ailing their technology use. However, EHR optimization projects...

Study Supports Alarm Fatigue Concern with Physician EHR Use

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Authors of a recent study find that physicians spend approximately 66.8 minutes per day processing notifications from EHR use. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes alarm fatigue to be a significant burden for...

Groups Seek Changes to Reporting Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Medical Group Management Association is using findings from a recent survey of the resources used by physician practices report clinical quality measures to call attention to the need for reforming the current system for clinical...

ONC Tabs $625K for Health IT, EHR App Development Contests

by Sara Heath

A total of $625,000 is up for grabs in three new healthcare app and health IT developer contests, announced earlier this week by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The agency has begun three different contests for...

Interoperable EHRs Coming to More Care Facilities, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

Health technology and interoperable EHRs are about to reach even more patients, according to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In a blog post, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt and...

EHR Adoption Growing Despite Industry Challenges, ONC Reports

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is making considerable progress in fostering ubiquitous adoption of EHRs and health IT, as well as promoting interoperability and health information exchange between those systems. The...

More Voices Added to the National Dialogue on Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Healthcare Leadership Council has identified areas where public policy and private organizations can advance improvements in healthcare delivery, an important component being interoperability. The National Dialogue for Healthcare...

EHR Loyalty Shows User Satisfaction, Financial Investment

by Sara Heath

EHR user loyalty can take many forms, including those customers who are genuinely satisfied with their system to those who feel trapped within their system due to hefty monetary investments. These varying levels of EHR and health IT...

ONC Beacon Program Highlights EHR Adoption, Use Challenges

by Sara Heath

A research program out of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) offers insights into how communities use health IT and EHR adoption to achieve the triple aim of better care, better costs, and overall better patient...

80% of REC Primary Care Providers Succeeded at Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Nearly 80 percent of all regional extension center (REC) primary care providers have attested to meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs as of the beginning of this year, according to data from the Office of the National Coordination...

Are Industry Rankings Really Indicative of EHR Usability?

by Sara Heath

A high ranking for an EHR might not be indicative of its actual usability. This becomes clear when one compares recent industry rankings with polls and testimony coming straight from users. Just last week, KLAS released its Best in KLAS...

Industry Groups Respond to Patient-Centered EHR Legislation

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee’s draft legislation for patient-centered EHR use doesn’t go far enough to advocate for patient data access, according to the National Partnership for Women...

Physician EHR Use Increases, Health Data Exchange Still Lags

by Sara Heath

Office-based physician EHR use jumped from 67.5 percent in 2013 to 74.1 percent in 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. This jump could be credited to the meaningful use programs, which provide incentives for...

Adoption of Patient Portals Growing in Older Populations

by Sara Heath

The use of patient portals by older patients could very well be understated. According to data out of athenaResearch, patients in their 60s are just as likely as younger patients to register for their patient portal, with nearly 30 percent...



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