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Billing Problems Caused By Cerner EHR Costs NY Hospital $38M

March 18, 2019 - New York-based Glen Falls Hospital lost $38 million in revenue in 2017 due to problems with its Cerner EHR system, which resulted in persistent billing errors. Glen Falls officials reduced operating costs and laid off employees throughout the year to cushion the financial blow of the malfunctioning system, according to The Post Star. However, these cost cutting efforts were only...


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UChicago Improves Patient Sleep with Hospital EHR Use Changes

by Fred Donovan

The University of Chicago Medicine was able to adjust hospital EHR use and educate doctors and nurses on how to reduce in-hospital sleep deprivation, thereby improving sleep for patients staying at the hospital. The changes were part...

Banner Health Recovered From EHR Downtime Following Network Outage

by Kate Monica

Banner Health recently recovered from a computer outage resulting in a sustained period of EHR downtime. A nationwide outage affecting Verizon Wireless and CenturyLink impacted Banner Health’s internet and phone...

EHR Use Helps to Reduce Hospital Readmissions, Length of Stays

by Kate Monica

The ongoing debate over whether EHR use improves or impedes patient care has persisted for nearly ten years. While the technology is unpopular among many of its users, a recent study by Wani et al. offers evidence to suggest the...

EHR Alerts Reduce Overuse of Cardiac Monitoring, Cut Costs

by Kate Monica

EHR alerts can be helpful for reducing unnecessary use of cardiac monitoring — or telemetry — and cutting excess hospital spending, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers at the Division of...

EHR Tools May Help to Increase Behavioral Health Screening Rates

by Kate Monica

EHR tools designed to address behavioral health needs may help to boost behavioral health screening rates in community health centers, according to new research from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). Jetelina...

EHR System Transformation at Center of Penn Medicine Initiative

by Kate Monica

Penn Medicine recently launched an initiative intended to transform EHR systems into more interactive, intuitive tools to ease provider burden, improve patient health outcomes, and boost clinical efficiency. “We recognize that EHRs...

4 UPMC Pinnacle Hospitals Use Epic EHR to Achieve HIMSS Stage 6

by Kate Monica

Four hospitals part of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Pinnacle health system recently achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) using Epic EHR. UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, Lancaster,...

11 Ways Medical Practices Can Get More Out of Their EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

A new Stanford University School of Medicine white paper informed by feedback from healthcare industry experts offers medical practices 11 recommendations for improving the effectiveness of their EHR systems. Stanford curated the...

Few WI Providers Using EHR-Integrated PDMP Link to Full Potential

by Kate Monica

Most users of Wisconsin’s EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) are not taking full advantage of all features of the PDMP system, according to a recent user survey by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and...

3 Ways to Improve Patient Safety, Diagnoses with Health IT Use

by Kate Monica

Improving communication between providers, diagnostic testing and medication tracking, and documentation through health IT use can help to reduce delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnoses. This set of safe health IT use recommendations was...

EHR System Customization Benefits Patient-Centered Medical Homes

by Kate Monica

EHR system customization can help to streamline the implementation of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM.) PCMHs are designed...

Interoperability, Better Functionality Top EHR Replacement Factors

by Elizabeth Snell

Dissatisfaction with current EHR systems, inefficient workflows, and the need for greater interoperability and functionality are often key reasons why healthcare organizations may opt for an EHR replacement, according to a literature...

MI Hospital Reduces EHR Use in ICU with Epic Telemedicine Tool

by Kate Monica

Michigan-based Beaumont Hospital is utilizing an EHR-integrated Epic telemedicine tool to present critical health data about ICU patients on monitors outside hospital rooms in an effort to improve clinical efficiency and reduce EHR use for...

Lean Methodology Reduces Provider EHR Use by 1 Hour per Day

by Kate Monica

Utilizing Lean methodology to redesign inefficient, first-generation EHR systems can help to improve clinical documentation, boost provider satisfaction, and cut provider EHR use by almost one hour per day, according to new research...

Will Specializing EHR Interfaces Solve the EHR Usability Problem?

by Kate Monica

The arduous process of integrating EHR technology into doctors’ offices has introduced clinicians to a new world of complex daily challenges, and the present lack of EHR usability only serves to exacerbate the problem. Stakeholders...

California Teaching Hospital to Begin Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

California-based Kern Medical recently announced it will begin a Cerner EHR implementation to improve care coordination for all providers and hospital staff at the 222-bed acute care teaching hospital. Along with Cerner Millenium, Kern...

Scribes Improve Physician Satisfaction, EHR Clinical Documentation

by Kate Monica

The authors of a new study published in the September issue of Annals of Family linked medical scribes with improving all aspects of physician satisfaction, including satisfaction with patient encounters and clinical documentation...

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