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How Does Physician EHR Use Lead to Legal Complications?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While physician EHR use has benefits for healthcare delivery, it poses various legal challenges different from paper records, according to two members of the Healthcare Group at Sands Anderson PC. "On the one hand, EHR have given...

Technical Barriers Limiting Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Less than a quarter of hospitals have the capability to find, send, receive, and use data, according to data compiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and American Hospital Association...

EHR System Satisfaction Declines to 34% Among Physicians

by Sara Heath

Multiple motivations are driving EHR adoption in the healthcare industry from the EHR Incentive Programs to the promise of increased healthcare efficiency. Yet in a recent survey by AmericanEHR Partners and the American Medical Association...

A Successful EHR Implementation Is About More Than Go-Live

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Go-live tends to garner the most attention for an EHR implementation, especially in the event that it does not go well. But many more activities go into a successful EHR implementation that precede and post-date the production...

Congress Considering Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A bill to relax meaningful use requirements for ambulatory surgery centers has passed the Senate and now awaits a vote by the House of Representatives. The Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015 (S 1347) is sponsored by Senator Johnny...

Groups Call for Final Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of eight hospital associations have joined voices to ask the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to move forward with finalizing proposed changes to meaningful use...

Health Information Exchange Vital in Cutting Healthcare Costs

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption and interoperability are showing major benefits, not only financially but with patient safety as well, according to the Executive Director of HEALTHeLINK. In an editorial for The Buffalo News, the head of the health...

Challenges of EHR Cloud-Based Solutions for Rural Providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Urgent care provider ClearChoiceMD (CCMD) spans northern New England, operating clinics in rural areas whose EHR technology and other systems rely on multiple forms of connectivity to access clinical data centrally housed in New...

Optimizing the Physician EHR Experience via Training Support

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Physicians are highly-trained individuals who require the right kind of support when implementing new activities or technologies as part of their clinical workflows. This is especially true relative to the physician EHR experience, says...

NIH Clinics Receive Stage 7 HIMSS Award for EHR Adoption

by Sara Heath

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Centers has become the first federal healthcare clinic to receive a HIMSS Stage 7 Award, according to a public announcement Friday. The NIH clinics join a select group of healthcare...

July Closes with a Series of Federal Health IT Developments

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Considering that summer is generally a time of relaxation and relative calm, it may have come as a surprise the number of key federal health IT developments that occurred over the last week. The biggest piece of summer news was likely...

Cerner Beats out Epic for $9B DoD EHR Modernization

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Leidos and its partners Cerner and Accenture are the winning bidders for the Department of Defense (DoD) EHR modernization contract, according to the Washington Post. Leidos was named the prime contractor for the award, with Cerner...

Interoperability a Focus of BPC Recommendations to Congress

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Part of the Bipartisan Policy Center's recommendations for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the subject of advancing medical innovation include Congressional improvement of health IT...

EHRs, Electronic Data Information Governance Needs to Mature

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite its perceived importance, information governance programs are not as widespread or thoroughly developed than they should be, according to a recent American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) study. And EHR and...

Is the DoD EHR Modernization Project Destined for Failure?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: Cerner has won the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract. The Department of Defense is approaching nearer a decision for $11-billion EHR modernization project. A spokesperson for the DoD told...

Awarding of DoD EHR Modernization Contract Forthcoming

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: Cerner has won the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract. The Department of Defense appears set to name the winner of the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract —...

Managing a Successful EHR Implementation Extension Program

by Nikki Chapman of Innovative Consulting Group

Extending your healthcare organization's EHR technology to community physicians and hospitals can prove to be life saving for the patients of your community. This, in turn, dramatically increases patient safety and continuity of care....

Health IT Safety Center to Face Myriad Challenges in Future

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The road ahead for recently unveiled the Health IT Safety Center is full of both technical and social  challenges, two researchers claim. Just last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

UMass Memorial Chooses Epic Systems for EHR Replacement

by Sara Heath

In a July 20 blog post, the President and CEO of UMass Memorial Healthcare Dr. Eric Dickson announced that the hospital will be changing their electronic heath record (EHR) systems software to Epic Systems. The decision, Dr. Dickson wrote,...

How EHR Replacement Can Support EHR Adoption, Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Ambulatory EHR replacement has played an important part in helping EvergreenHealth promote EHR adoption among its clinicians as well as put the health system in position to achieve two prestigious recognitions —  Stage 6 on the...

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