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EHR Use, Health Data Exchange to Thrive Despite ACA Repeal

by Kate Monica

A recent article in Harvard Business Review outlines opportunities for patients and providers to improve the healthcare system despite the imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among other observations, authors Frank Baitman...

POTUS Budget Proposes Eliminating AHRQ, Reducing ONC Funding

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for major sweeping reforms at HHS in order to balance the federal budget, most notably repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicaid. Less eye-catching but...

2017 KLAS Report Names Epic, InterSystems Worldwide Frontrunners

by Kate Monica

EHR purchasing spiked worldwide with Epic Systems and InterSystems snagging more clients than their competitors in 2016, according to the most recent KLAS global EHR market share report. Research shows the factors fueling most global EHR...

Epic Implementation in Boston to Blame for Frustrated Docs?

by Kate Monica

In an op-ed to Boston’s WBUR, three doctors — two of whom are currently or once-affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital — voiced concern about the effects of EHR adoption on doctor-patient relationships. The two...

Epic, Cerner Beat Out MEDITECH in Small Hospital EHR Adoption

by Kate Monica

A new KLAS report on the small hospital EHR adoption landscape shows that organizations under 200 beds are scooping up electronic health records from Epic, Cerner, and athenahealth at a rapid rate.   According to the report,...

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...

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