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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...

Finding a Solution to the EHR Replacement Conundrum

by Michael Lovett of NextGen Healthcare

When it comes to EHR adoption, there is good news and bad news. The good? These systems are becoming almost ubiquitous at this point, with 95 percent of all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals and 54 percent of all...

Epic EHR Implementation a Factor in UK Patient Safety Risks

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The recent fall from grace of the United Kingdom's Cambridge University Hospitals Trust has raised concerns about the role its Epic EHR implementation played in receiving a lower grade from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The...

ONC Seeks Feedback on Health IT Interoperability Advisory

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory contains substantial changes for characterizing health IT standards for clinical operability and is now open for public comment, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information...

EHR Interoperability a Top Concern for Medical Students

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While current providers are realizing how a lack interoperability impacts care coordinating delivery, future physicians see advanced interoperability as integral to their success. That and several other findings have come out of an...

ONC Grants $1M for Community Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption is an important step for a healthcare facility to make in increasing health information exchange (HIE) and quality of care. Storing data in an EHR allows for better data sharing, and in turn, better care coordination. A...

Certified EHR Technology Use Reaches 74% of Physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New data published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology shows high levels of office-based physician EHR use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and even greater EHR adoption numbers in 2014. The most...

Providers Look to Healthcare Analytics But Lack Strategy

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite significant interest in leveraging healthcare analytics, few healthcare organizations have the necessary strategy for blending financial, operational, clinical, and other data effectively, according to a recent Deloitte Center for...

CMS to Host Call on 2017 Medicare Payment Adjustments

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is preparing to update eligible professionals and group practices on its plans for 2017 Medicare payment adjustments in an upcoming Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Provider Call on September...

How to Incorporate Social, Behavioral into EHR Technology

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) is calling for the inclusion of social and behavioral health data into the electronic health record in order to complete the digital picture of a patient's health and inform improved care...

ACOs Facing Clinical Data Integration, Exchange Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Access to external clinical data and clinical data integration stand out as the top challenges facing accountable care organizations, according to results from a recent eHealth Initiative and Premier Inc. survey of 69 ACOs. More than...

Readers Debate Causes of, Solutions to Limited EHR Usability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The advent of meaningful use is certainly responsible for increasing EHR adoption, but it hasn't ensured EHR usability and is likewise responsible oversaturating the EHR marketplace with health IT products which might have otherwise...

EHR Optimization Projects a Top Priority for Healthcare CIOs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare CIOs consider EHR optimization a top priority over the next 12 months as they look to get more value out their EHR investments, according to a recent Impact Advisors survey. The health IT consultancy's findings comprise...

How Scalability, Usability Hold Back EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In the competition between leading EHR vendors Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, the most recent clashes have centered on the approach each has taken in advancing EHR interoperability, with the latter being credited with having a more...

EHR Use Hindered by Revenue Loss, Lack of Interoperability

by Sara Heath

EHR use has been on the rise since the 2009 passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provided financial incentives for EHR implementation. However, do the gains of EHR adoption outweigh the...

Veteran Affairs Patient Safety Reporting Raises Concerns

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

How the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handles the reporting of adverse events to ensure patient safety requires further review as the number of root cause analyses (RCAs) decrease and incidents of adverse events increase, according...

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