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White House Seeks Input on Precision Medicine Initiative

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The White House looks to build off feedback of the public and private sectors for the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in order to ensure that patient data remains secure while becoming better suited to effective  health...

Minnesota Physician EHR Use to Target HIV Testing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Leading healthcare providers in Minnesota are seeking to leverage physician EHR use to improve HIV screening, according to Star-Tribune. The support for the state's HIV screening rules is visible in its uptake by two leading...

18% of Large Providers Planning EHR Replacement by 2016

by Jennifer Bresnick

Pundits may have designated 2013 as the original “Year of EHR Replacement,” but the accolade may have been a little premature as providers continue to make the difficult decision to rip out and replace existing EHR...

How Validation Ensures the Reliability of Clinical Data

by Michael Rice of Innovative Consulting Group

Whether it’s financial data and you’re trying to determine if your business is growing or shrinking, or it's clinical data and you’re trying to diagnose a patient — not validating your data can have lasting...

How a Lack of EHR Interoperability Hinders Care Coordination

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the entire healthcare industry is gearing up for value-based care, several gaps persist throughout the continuum of care that could slow this transformation. One obvious hole to be filled is the lack of EHR interoperability which not...

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...

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