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3 Key Tips for Ensuring a Smooth EHR Replacement Process

June 1, 2018 - Physician and nursing dissatisfaction with an EHR system could lead to long-lasting problems within a healthcare organization, such as fueling administrative burnout and patient engagement. Opting for an EHR replacement is not a decision that should be made lightly, and organizations often look toward new options when they begin to encounter certain issues, both technical and cultural. A smooth...


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Industry Collaboration Can Improve Healthcare Data Inaccuracies

by Elizabeth Snell

Broad collaboration between numerous healthcare stakeholders is crucial for developing an efficient and sustainable system that can cut down on healthcare data inaccuracies, according to a report from the Provider Data Action Alliance. The group...

Full ONC SAFER Guide Implementation Low, EHR Safety Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations looking to improve EHR safety and usability can look toward ONC SAFER Guides that were updated in 2017. However, a recent study found that adherence to recommended EHR safety practices is low, even with recommendations...

Health IT Safety Collaborative Can Aid EHR Use, Patient Safety

by Elizabeth Snell

Gathering input from all types of healthcare stakeholders is critical to addressing potential issues with EHR use, which will in turn help to improve patient care and reduce provider burden, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. Alert fatigue,...

Improving Clinician EHR Use Through Provider Communication

by Kate Monica

Implementing an EHR-integrated provider communication tool may help health systems improve clinician EHR use, according to researchers at the Augusta University (AU) College of Allied Health Sciences. Researchers implemented a social knowledge...

How Specialty-Specific EHR Functionality Improves Patient Care

by Kate Monica

The majority of EHR companies have developed solutions targeting the needs of inpatient and ambulatory organizations and workflows of primary care providers. Allscripts, Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems, and other large enterprise companies offer...

AAPA EHR Toolkit Offers Best Practices for EHR Design, Usability

by Kate Monica

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)....

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

by Sponsored Content

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...

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