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Health IT Outsourcing on the Rise, Black Book Survey Shows

by Sara Heath

Health IT outsourcing is growing in popularity as EHR Incentive Programs, ICD-10, and other health IT initiatives continue to drive the healthcare industry. Nearly 73 percent of hospitals with over 300 beds are using outsourced IT...

Senate Passes Bill For VA EHR Interoperability, Funding

by Sara Heath

The Senate has passed a bill with provisions regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) EHR plans and health IT interoperability. The bill (HR 2029), comes in the wake of much discussion and debate about EHR interoperability between...

How EHR Use Drives Clinical Quality Reporting, Accountability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In the right hands, EHR technology can serve as a platform for innovative uses of clinical data to improve patient outcomes. For the most recent recipient of 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award, innovation built on EHR use came after...

CMS Opens Informal Review Window to Contest PQRS Penalties

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Previous reporting period for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) closed at the end of 2014, and the window for eligible professionals (EPs), comprehensive primary care practice (CPC) sites, and practices using the group...

Basic Hospital EHR Adoption Rates Climbs to Nearly 75%

by Sara Heath

A look at basic hospital EHR adoption rates between 2008 and 2014 shows that EHR adoption rates have risen 16 percent in the course of a year, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. The study examines hospital EHR...

The 10 Biggest MEDITECH EHR Implementations in the Nation

by Sara Heath

EHR company MEDITECH dates back to the late 1960s founded by the develop of programming language MUMPS. Currently, the Massachusetts-based company has more than 2200 customers across the globe. In the United States, MEDITECH is the EHR...

AHA Gives Recommendations for ONC Interoperability Advisory

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association is seeking greater insight into the rationale behind many of the choices made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Exchange (ONC) in choosing best available standards as part of...

AMA Begins Two Initiatives to Support Healthcare Innovation

by Sara Heath

In an effort to improve patient care and health IT for the future, the American Medical Association (AMA) has announced that it will be expanding its medical school network and and MATTER partnerships. The goal of the medical school...

Patient Access to Health Information Low But Interest High

by Sara Heath

EHR and health IT adoption play an important role in helping healthcare providers increase the quality of patient care, but a recent Nielson survey shows that patient access to health information has not sufficiently increased as a result...

10 Biggest Epic EHR Hospital Implementations in United States

by Sara Heath

As one of the most well-known names in the health IT industry, Wisconsin-based EHR company Epic Systems has been adopted by several of the largest healthcare systems in the nation. Not only has Epic been recognized with several awards,...

10 Biggest Cerner EHR Implementations in United States

by Sara Heath

As far as EHR and health IT systems go, one of the most notable vendors is Cerner Corporation. Being used in nearly 18,000 facilities, Cerner has proved itself to be a key vendor in the health IT industry. Furthermore, the vendor has...

GAO Urges DoD, VA to Establish EHR Interoperability Goals

by Sara Heath

After releasing a report on EHR interoperability standards for the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) this past August, the Government Accountability Office has released yet another report stating that the two agencies...

Epic Systems Ranked Most Innovative EHR Vendor by C-Suite Execs

by Sara Heath

A recent survey of members in healthcare C-suite ranks Epic, Cerner, Apple, GE, Google, athenahealth, and Theranos as the most innovative health IT companies. As part of the Peer60 study, researchers asked respondents to identify not...

Are the Technical Aspects of EHR Integration Overstated?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The triple aim of healthcare reform relies on improvements to care coordination that are in turn dependent on the ability of various healthcare organizations to integrate effectively. The task of EHR integration is a challenging one,...

Congressional Hearing to Assess DoD-VA EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Congressional spotlight returns to EHR interoperability between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in a hearing tomorrow. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Subcommittee on Information Technology has called...

Will AHRQ Become a Casualty of Congressional Budgetary Cuts?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Scores of healthcare organizations are opposing two proposed appropriation bills that at best would limit funding to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or at worst would terminate the division within the Department of...

ONC Chief DeSalvo Faces Resistance to Current HHS Nomination

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Nearly a year has passed since the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) took on the role of Acting Assistant Secretary Health of the Department of Health & Human Services and nearly...

NIST Ties Limited EHR Usability to Patient Safety Risks

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued new guidance for ensuring patient safety by improving EHR usability. The results from a technical evaluation, testing, and validation of EHR usability list three "major...

EHR Replacement Trend Increases Threefold in 5 Years

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past handful of years, the transition from paper to electronic records has given way to EHR replacement with more and more EHR adopters looking to replace their current EHR technology with another EHR system, according to EHR...

EHR Use a Top Patient Preference in the Doctor’s Office

by Sara Heath

Although EHR use offers a wide array of benefits, including increased care coordination and lower healthcare costs, a recent survey shows that perhaps these digital systems are not being utilized to their fullest potential. The Connected...

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