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AMA CEO Outlines Problems with EHR Use, Clinical Data

November 15, 2017 - 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, MD. Madara brought problems with EHR use and health data access to the forefront of AMA’s 2017 Interim Meeting last weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii....


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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,...

EHR Use Does Not Preclude Provider Data Communication Errors

by Kate Monica

Well-established EHR adoption does not eliminate the potential for inaccurate provider-to-provider clinical data communication. A recent study by Artis et al. of laboratory data communication among intensive care providers at the Oregon hospital...

Nurse Statements in EHR Technology Improve ADR Detection

by Kate Monica

A new algorithm improves ADR detection through incorporating nurse observations and lab research data into EHR technology. A recent study funded by the Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, and the Ministry...

$1.2M Sutter Health Grant Uses EHR Data for Precision Medicine

by Sara Heath

Sutter Health network has received a $1.2 million grant from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to develop an app that will use both patient-reported and EHR data for multiple sclerosis patients, according to a press release....

EHR Interoperability Helps, Hinders Immunization Data Quality

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two researchers from the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control recently published their findings on the impact of EHR interoperability on data quality in the state’s immunization information system in Online...

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