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EHR Data Quality

AHRQ Challenge to Enable EHR Integration of Patient Reported Data

January 5, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently announced plans to launch a challenge competition in fall of 2018 to develop health IT capable of enabling EHR integration of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data. The competition will promote the innovation of user-friendly tools designed to leverage PRO data for use in clinical research. PRO data can also be used to inform clinical...


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4 Ways to Reduce EHR Use-Related Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

Most healthcare providers, patients, and industry stakeholders agree EHR technology has the potential to yield marked improvements in population health management, predictive medicine, and clinical decision-making. However, EHR use also introduces...

ONC, CMMI Institute Release Patient Data Quality Framework

by Kate Monica

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Institute recently announced its Patient Demographic Data Quality (PDDQ) framework is now publically available to help healthcare organizations reduce patient matching errors. Developed in partnership...

6 Use Cases for EHR Data Utilization in Public, Community Health

by Kate Monica

EHR data could allow for dramatic improvements in addressing community health challenges, according to a recent report released by the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers presented six use cases...

AMA CEO Outlines Problems with EHR Use, Clinical Data

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders should turn their focus to organizing and presenting EHR data in a meaningful way to allow for more efficient patient care delivery, according to American Medical Association (AMA) Executive Vice President & CEO James Madara,...

CAQH Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Provider Data Roadmap

by Kate Monica

The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) has released a draft of its plan to improve provider data accuracy and issued a call for public comment. CAQH developed the Provider Data Roadmap with Provider Data Action Alliance in order...

Premier Urges CMS to Share Data for Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

The Premier healthcare alliance made a total of ten recommendations to House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to provide regulatory relief to the healthcare industry, which include monthly data sharing by CMS as part of the...

MeHI $193K Awards to CEHRT Vendors Target Behavioral Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Four certified EHR technology (CEHRT) vendors are the recipients of a combined $193,000 from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech to support behavioral health data reporting across the state. The four CEHRT vendors — eHana,...

Evidence Supports Push for Social Determinants in EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations today are expanding their ideas of what influences a patient’s health beyond orange pill bottles and family history. Increasingly, physicians are adamant about the underlying influence of social determinants of...

How Strong Health Data Governance Ensures EHR Data Integrity

by Kate Monica

Health data governance best practices are necessary for ensuring providers are getting the most out of their EHR systems. Maintaining the principles of data governance and implementing strategies to improve EHR data quality, use, and exchange...

Enabling the IT Help Desk to Support Effective EHR, HIT Use

by Dan O'Connor, RN

In an increasingly competitive healthcare market, patient expectations and the demand for care data is rising. EHR optimization and system upgrades stand out as top budgetary priorities, but IT departments struggle to keep both end users and...

Realizing the Benefits of Clinical Documentation Improvement

by Kate Monica

Physician practices and healthcare organizations have been batting around the idea of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for over ten years. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has taken a particular interest...

Epic Systems Patient Portal Offers Mayo’s Educational Resources

by Kate Monica

Users of the Epic Systems MyChart patient portal will now have access to patient-facing educational resources developed by the Mayo Clinic. The partnership offers patients more than 18,000 pages of content on more than 4,000 c health topics....

New CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Hospital EHR Data Reporting

by Kate Monica

A couple provisions in a new Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program rule proposal outline modifications to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting requirements and validation processes. In a public document in the Federal...

Putting Epic EHR Data to Work for Quality Improvement

by Kate Monica

Quality improvement can be defined in several ways, but federal programs such as the Quality Payment Program tend to define quality based primarily on patient safety and preventable health conditions. Like many other hospitals and healthcare...

Administrative Burden Remains Top Challenge for Physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Administrative burden, stress, and lack of time made up the top-three challenges facing respondents a survey on physician satisfaction which the American Medical Association (AMA) conducted last month. Despite these and other challenges —...

MGMA Requests Immediate Provider Notifications for MIPS 2017

by Kate Monica

Providers participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) are voicing concern over continued delays regarding notifications meant to offer guidance on how eligible clinicians can comply with the program’s requirements for...

EHR Data Management Tops ECRI List of Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently published their 2017 Top 10 Patient Concerns for Healthcare Organizations using findings acquired through the institute’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) event data, input from healthcare provider organizations,...

Using EHR Research to Identify EHR Optimization Activities

by Kate Monica

Realizing the benefits of advanced EHR use could prove to be a rockier process than many healthcare providers expected. As a result, EHR optimization should be a top prerogative for healthcare organizations and providers heading into...

AMIA Seeking EHR Data Sharing Improvements at NLM, CDC

by Kate Monica

In separate responses to two federal requests for information, the association has called for improved EHR data access, analytics, and exchange at the federal level. In comments from the American Medical Informatics Association published yesterday,...