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Wilkie Stresses New EHR System Need in VA Secretary Hearing

June 28, 2018 - Having a new EHR system is the first step to modernizing the VA appointment system, and is an area that will be a top priority, VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie said in his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Improving access to care through implementation of the MISSION Act and transformative IT modernization will also be key focal points, he explained in testimony. VA also needs to...


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Additional EHR System Features, Interoperability Top 2018 Trends

by Elizabeth Snell

There are five key areas that EHR vendors should focus on for the rest of the year to stay competitive, including focusing on specific EHR system features, the continued push for interoperability, and patient engagement needs, according to...

EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Increase HPV Vaccination

by Kate Monica

Physicians using EHR systems with clinical decision support are more likely to lead to the ordering human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines when alerts are included, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care...

Study Raises Doubts about Clinical Documentation Accuracy

by Kate Monica

Researchers at the University of Michigan sought to investigate whether patient-reported eye symptoms were recorded as part of clinical documentation in EHR systems. As part of a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, Valikodath et...

Recent Study Identifies How EHR Use Could Increase Spending

by Kate Monica

A recent study of physician EHR use found that the technology could be responsible for increasing spending in a hospital setting. Since EHR technology has the potential to benefit the healthcare system overall, the healthcare...

How Health Orgs Realize EHR Benefits, Quality Improvements

by Sara Heath

For healthcare organizations to benefit from EHR use and achieve quality improvements, they need to engage in robust strategic planning, articulating their goals and how they will achieve them, according to healthcare IT consultancy Impact...

EHR, Management Systems Facilitated Transition to ICD-10

by Jacqueline LaPointe

While the majority of healthcare stakeholders have fully transitioned to ICD-10, many providers and vendors are crediting the smooth changeover to their EHRs and practice management systems. According to the WEDI ICD-10...

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...

Advanced EHR Use Will Save $78 Billion Over Next Five Years

by Jennifer Bresnick

The global healthcare market stands to save at least $78 billion over the next half a decade from advanced EHR use, predicts a report from UK-based Juniper Research. EHRs are the foundation upon which the global healthcare economy will...

CDC seeks HIT systems, processes to improve heart health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aiming to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 and has pegged health information technology as a potential means of doing so as part of new challenged published in...

How EHRs can stop information overload, streamline workflow

by Sponsored Content

In a sea full of patient information, quality statistics, and other data, hospitals are struggling to navigate their way to success. Data inflow has grown exponentially in the past decade or so as a result of an increasing emphasis on care...

What healthcare technology helped contain MERS in Indiana?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The first reported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the United States occurred at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., but thanks to the thorough the implementation of three healthcare technologies and collaboration of...

How can EHRs enable physicians to manage the cost of care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In order for providers to exert any kind of influence over healthcare costs, it would first help if they knew the actual cost of clinical services and procedures. Empowering physicians with this knowledge was the driving force behind a...

How can EHR use improve a patient’s care coordination?

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I was talking with a friend yesterday about our respective experiences as patient advocates for another member of our families. We shared stories of navigating care and an ongoing process of learning to understand what was happening to the...

EHR software research delivers real-time results to users

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

No one likes to wait too long for results. Healthcare is no different. A new approach to providing real-time feedback is currently underway by the group that tracks trends in EHR selection and adoption and aiming to lessen the gap between...

EMR aids Regions Hospital, Red Cross blood transfusion work

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An initiative undertaken by Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., with the support of the American Red has demonstrated the ability to reduce unnecessary blood transfusions thanks to a tool cooked into its electronic medical record,...

What are the benefits of CPOE to providers, patients?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is one of several features that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) view as crucial to...

Florida doctors weigh higher costs for medical record copies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A hearing in Florida is considering a petition to increase the costs of reproducing patient medical records scheduled to begin Friday morning at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. (Apparently,...

Meaningful use to make providers more efficient, effective?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Meaningful use isn’t just about receiving incentive payments. It’s also about improving clinical efficiency and effectiveness in order to provide better, safer patient care. In the first half of our interview with practicing...

EHR adoption has little effect on Medicaid costs, says study

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In and of itself, the adoption of EHR systems, even those certified for meaningful use, has a neutral effect on Medicaid costs, according to a study published in Medicare & Medicaid Research Review. Rather, it is how these health IT...

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