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VA Pours Resources into EHR, Health IT Modernization Efforts

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working diligently to modernize its health IT infrastructure as it prepares to select a new electronic health record system to replace its existing patient management tools.   Though VistA,...

Epic Trails Cerner, McKesson in Recent EHR Market Share Report

by Kate Monica

A recent Kalorama Information Report names Cerner Corporation, McKesson, and Epic Systemsas the top three EHR vendors dominating the market in 2017. While these EHR vendors hold a majority of the market share, researchers stated small...

Arizona Health Information Exchange Rebrands to Continue Growth

by Kate Monica

Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC), a statewide nonprofit health information exchange operating since 2007, is relaunching under the new brand Health Current. The relaunch and new name are emblematic of the community-based HIE’s...

CDC Data Show Slight Increase in Physician EHR Use in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

According to the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey, 86.9 percent of all office-based physician use an EHR system, 53.9 percent a basic EHR system, and 77.9 percent a certified EHR system (i.e., certified EHR technology or...

EHR Technology a Key Contributor to Physician Burnout

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of top healthcare CEOs is calling on their colleagues across the healthcare industry to address physician burnout as a public health crisis and identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor. “The spike in reported...

Health Data Exchange Vital to Quality Care at Lower Cost

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information technology, particularly capabilities tied to health data exchange, has an important role to play in the federal government’s push to improve the cost and quality American healthcare. Recently, the National...

VA Hearing Confirms Plan to Adopt Commercial EHR Technology

by Kate Monica

On March 7, 2017 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) confirmed its decision to implement a commercial EHR system in place of previously unsuccessful attempts to construct a homegrown platform. During a House Committee on Veterans...

CVS Chooses Epic EHR System for Specialty Care Management

by Kate Monica

CVS Health has selected Epic EHR technology to be used by its CVS Specialty care management programs, the company announced on Thursday. The Epic EHR system will assist in optimizing CVS Specialty clinical processes such as Accordant, a...

Judy Faulkner: Epic Will Offer New Cost-Effective EHR Options

by Jennifer Bresnick

Epic EHR products may be in use at the majority of top-ranked hospitals and health systems in the United States, but many smaller organizations balk at the hefty investment and steep price tag involved in adopting the company’s...

Surescripts NRLS Use Live at 4 More Major Health Systems

by Kate Monica

Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS) recently expanded its user base to include four additional major health systems, bumping the number of health systems using the service up to 14 nationwide. Saint Francis Hospital and...

Survey Shows Differing Views on EHR, Clinical IT Priorities

by Kate Monica

Despite progress in the maturation of EHR technology over preceding years, EHR vendors and provider users differ as to improving clinical IT in the years ahead. That is one finding from the 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey...

3 Hospitals Recognized for Highest Level of EHR Adoption

by Kate Monica

Several hospitals have recently joined the growing number of healthcare organizations prioritizing streamlined EHR adoption. Specifically, these hospitals are reaching top levels in the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption...

Rethinking Current Approaches to Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the goal of achieving a learning health system enabled by true interoperability, various healthcare organizations and companies have undertaken efforts to unlock clinical data stored in various health IT systems with mixed...

Rural Hospitals Remain Weak Spot in EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Rural hospitals have historically struggled to keep up with larger hospitals in more populated, urban areas in EHR adoption due to lack of financial and technological resources. The cost, time, and technical expertise necessary to fully...

Nurse Statements in EHR Technology Improve ADR Detection

by Kate Monica

A new algorithm improves ADR detection through incorporating nurse observations and lab research data into EHR technology. A recent study funded by the Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, and the...

EHR Use Assists Warfarin Patients during Transitions of Care

by Kate Monica

In a recent study, MU Health Care found that EHR use can be useful in improving anticoagulation therapy between outpatient and inpatient settings and across providers. Researchers conducted the study in response to challenges arising from...

MACRA Incentives Likely to Increase Physician Health IT Use

by Kate Monica

Future financial support as part of MACRA implementation will have a positive effect on small practice health IT adoption and use, according to new research published in the Annals of Family Medicine. That conclusion is the result of a...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017

by Sara Heath

Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care...

Med School Training Key to Boosting EHR Data, Health IT Use

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to rely on strong EHR data and health IT use, it will be important that today’s medical students are prepared to work with this kind of technology. However, according to a group of researchers...

DirectTrust Advises New Administration on Sustaining EHR Use

by Sara Heath

EHR use has grown under the past two US presidents, and DirectTrust would like to see that continue under the next Presidential administration. To ensure that happens, DirectTrust submitted a list of four recommendations to...

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