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AAPA EHR Toolkit Offers Best Practices for EHR Design, Usability

December 8, 2017 - The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recently released its EHR Toolkit to promote the use of EHR systems designed, selected, and implemented with functionality considerations specifically tailored for physician assistants (PAs). PAs are state-licensed to deliver medical and surgical services. According to statistics provided by AAPA, more than 115,000 PAs currently practice...


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Using Information Governance to Protect, Recover Patient EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Leadership from a large healthcare system is stressing the importance information governance (IG) in preventing unavailable, incomplete, or inaccurate patient EHRs. In a post on Journal of AHIMA, Director of Catholic Health Initiatives EHR Compliance...

Physician EHR Changes Improve Test Ordering, Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A nationwide initiative to cut down on test ordering in hospitals has recently proven to cut costs and reduce instances of patient harm through simple modifications to physician EHR use. The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the American...

Updated ONC SAFER Guides Encourage EHR Usability, Safety

by Kate Monica

ONC has added updated ONC SAFER Guides to its Health IT Playbook in an effort to help providers improve EHR usability and safety at their practices. The ONC SAFER Guides were designed to help providers ensure patient safety when utilizing new,...

Mercy Extends Epic EHR Services to Californian Health System

by Kate Monica

A recent agreement between Tahoe Forest Health Systems and Mercy Technology Services will allow Mercy to introduce Epic EHR to patients and providers at the California district hospital.  “Our goal was to find a partner with the same...

EHR Improvements Needed to Improve Physician Productivity

by Sara Heath

Physicians want to see more EHR system improvements to boost productivity and practice costs, according to the Deloitte 2016 Survey of Physicians. The survey of 600 primary care physicians shows that providers still largely view EHRs in a negative...

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 Advisors....

How Strong EHR Contracts Can Improve EHR Replacement Projects

by Sara Heath

When healthcare organizations find that their EHR systems no longer support their needs, they typically begin an EHR replacement project. According to the recently released ONC Health IT Playbook, robust contract negotiations may lead to more...

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 conducted as...

7 Time-Saving EHR Use Tips to Boost Physician Productivity

by Tom Giannulli, MD, MS, of Kareo

There’s an assumption in healthcare that EHRs are too time-consuming. With physicians often stating that the more time they spend using an EHR, the less time they spend with patients. As with many assumptions, the more often something is...

MU Health Wins HIMSS Davies Award for Health IT, EHR Use

by Sara Heath

An overarching goal when utilizing health information technology is to improve quality of patient care while reducing overall healthcare costs and spending. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognizes success...

Is your organization ready for the EHR replacement process?

by Jerri Cowper of Innovative Consulting Group

The decision to change electronic health record (EHR) vendors is not an easy one. Any organization faces difficult questions. Are our EHR team and end users able to take on yet another change? Are we ready to go through the vendor selection once...

How standardization can put EHR adopters on the right path

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Recent healthcare industry news reports that one of the nation’s largest cancer centers has chosen an EMR software vendor. For an organization of this size and complexity, their EMR implementation will be daunting and determining what defines...

What makes an Epic EHR adoption, optimization successful?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Although Epic EHR adoption differs from others in its cost and scope, its adopters face the same challenge of their fellow EHR users — optimization. The journey to becoming a HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 with plans for reaching Stage 7 at Access...

How best to prepare for adoption of a cloud-based EMR

by Sponsored Content

As 2014 nears its midpoint, healthcare providers are entering the final push for achieving compliance with meaningful use regulations. It’s important they invest in technology that will support their current electronic medical record (EMR)...

Identifying, resolving 3 common gotchas of EHR go-lives

by Sponsored Content

Go-live is always an exciting time for hospitals and IT staff. After months of hard work, you finally feel all the work you did will see the light of day and benefit your end-users. It’s also exciting to see all the pieces come together...

How is the presence of CMIOs impacting health IT adoption?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

What’s the correlation between strong physician leadership and successful EHR implementations? According to research conducted by HIMSS Analytics over the last few years, the two go hand in hand. “The role of the clinician or physician...

Why major health IT implementations depend on communication

by Sponsored Content

According to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), a Project Manager spends more than 90 percent of her time communicating — and that’s significant in terms of managing one’s...

EHR nightmares: Why treating EHRs like paper records fails

by Sponsored Content

Through our experiences working side-by-side with providers, we have seen many things and learned many lessons. Here are a couple more stories and lessons we encountered along the way. Let us help you ensure that you can avoid these nightmares....

EHR nightmares: When EHR adoption, implementation run awry

by Sponsored Content

Editor’s note: The following is a two-part piece on EHR implementation and adoption pitfalls and advice for avoiding them. Read part two here. EHR system development, implementation, and adoption in the US has been a struggle, to say the...

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