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How Health Plans Drive EHR Adoption in Behavioral Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Health plans play a notable role in promoting health IT and EHR adoption in behavioral healthcare practices, according to a research team out of Brandeis University. The study sought to identify how health plans can influence EHR adoption...

Strategies to Better Understand EHR Implementation Barriers

by Sara Heath

In order to successfully assess EHR implementation barriers across the industry, health IT professionals must effectively survey healthcare organizations. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, item...

Health IT Use, Data Exchange Top 2017 Challenges for HHS

by Sara Heath

Health IT use and data exchange are top challenges for HHS in the upcoming year, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. The annual report, which names the top management and performance issues the agency will...

NJ Health System Selects Cerner EHR for System Implementation

by Sara Heath

Inspira Health Network has selected EHR vendor Cerner Corporation for system-wide EHR implementation, according to a press release. The New Jersey-based health system will adopt Cerner’s EHR offering to help bolster care...

Midland Health Chooses Cerner for System-Wide Implementation

by Sara Heath

Midland Health has selected EHR vendor Cerner Corporation for its clinical, revenue cycle management, and population health management needs, according to a press release. The move will connect the many community clinics and the 474-bed...

DoD Officially Pushes EHR Modernization Start Date to 2017

by Sara Heath

The Department of Defense will begin rolling out its new commercial EHR at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State in February, 2017, three months later than its original December, 2016, target, reports Federal News Radio. DoD still...

Certified EHR Technology Adoption Reaches 96% Nationwide

by Sara Heath

A majority of hospitals in all but one state have adopted certified EHR technology as of 2015, according to an ONC data brief. Overall, 96 percent of hospitals have adopted CEHRT, with 49 states and Washington, DC, having at least 81...

Improving EHR Adoption, Use through International Example

by Sara Heath

Physician-facing EHR adoption is thriving around the globe although health information exchange and patient portal adoption are low, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Informatics Association. The study was...

Increasing Health IT, EHR Investment Runs Up Practice Costs

by Sara Heath

Health IT and EHR investments are costing physician-owned multispecialty practices thousands of dollars per physician, according to a new report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The 2016 MGMA Cost and Revenue Report...

Physician Feedback Key to EHR Usability Improvements

by Sara Heath

In order to improve physician EHR use, health IT developers need to take into consideration the needs of end users and practice managers. New research shows that developers can improve EHR usability when they collect user feedback...

Outpatient EHR Adoption Reaches 92%, Nears Market Saturation

by Sara Heath

Outpatient EHR adoption has increased steadily over the past eight years, reaching near universal adoption, shows a new essentials brief from HIMSS Analytics. The brief includes results from a nationwide survey detailing PM and EHR...

Understanding How EHR Use, Adoption Impacts Physicians

by Sara Heath

Since the 2009 passage of the HITECH Act and the start of meaningful use, EHR adoption has become widespread throughout the healthcare industry. Despite the near ubiquity of EHR use, provider opinion is split: some think EHRs are critical...

EHR Adoption Positively Impacts Nurses, Clinical Workflows

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption is linked to improved clinical workflows for nursing staffs, helping them to improve the quality of care they provide, new research shows. In a study, led by AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, EdD, RN, a research team measured care...

EHR Adoption, Use Remain a Source of Frustration for Docs

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption is still seen as a win-some, lose-some situation, with users reporting many positives and negatives about the technology, shows a recent survey conducted by Physicians Practice. The survey, which included responses from 1,568...

Reviewing the State of EHR Adoption Under Meaningful Use, MACRA

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry began to focus on value-based care models, EHR adoption flourished. Under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ EHR Incentive Programs, or meaningful use, individual providers and hospitals...

Do Criticisms of Certified EHR Adoption Miss the Point?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The past week has seen two expressions used recently to voice dissatisfaction with certified EHR adoption — "snake oil" and "bear trap." But those criticisms are not shared by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's CIO John D....

Cost, Hospital Efficiency Still Major Barriers to EHR Adoption

by Sara Heath

Despite potential for incentive payments, cost, as well as other challenges, remains a significant barrier to EHR adoption, finds a recent study published in JMIR Medical Informatics. In the study, lead author Clemens Scott Kruse, MBA,...

Hospital EHR Adoption of Basic Systems Tops 83%, CEHRT 96%

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Certified EHR technology is in place at most hospitals with basic EHR technology adoption also reaching an all-time high, according to new data published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The...

AHRQ Announces Health IT Research Funding Opportunities

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be sponsoring research projects geared toward bettering health information technology, according to a public statement. Specifically, the agency seeks to support research for...

Epic EHR Implementation Causes Financial Issues at MA Hospital

by Sara Heath

A Massachusetts hospital will be laying off 95 employees as a result of financial losses following an Epic Systems EHR implementation. According to Jessica Bartlett of Boston Business Journal, Southcoast Hospital will be cutting one...

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