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EHR Adoption Unsuccessful in Reducing Administrative Costs

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption has not significantly reduced administrative costs related to billing and insurance activities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at Duke University and...

Poor Staff Training Contributed to Trying Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

Workarounds, poor staff training, and problems with system stabilization and revenue cycle management were the primary causes of complications during a Cerner implementation at Medical Center Health System (MCHS). MCHS President and CEO...

VA Cerner EHR Contract Negotiations to Be Finalized in February

by Kate Monica

After months of delay, VA Cerner EHR contract negotiations are expected to be finalized by the end of February, according to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) John Short in a recent budget call with reporters. In October 2017, VA Secretary...

Problems with Cerner EHR Replacement Persist at Banner Health

by Kate Monica

Problems with a 2017 Cerner EHR replacement at Banner Health’s Tucson hospitals and clinics have persisted into 2018, according to a report from Arizona Daily Star. The health system first began experiencing difficulties in October...

Cerner, Children’s Mercy to Foster Pediatric Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation will expand its ongoing partnership with Children’s Mercy Kansas City to improve cross-industry education and foster pediatric health IT innovation, the two organizations announced this week.   The...

Alabama Community Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

After an EHR selection process spanning six months, Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) will begin a Cerner implementation to improve patient EHR access and streamline care coordination for providers at the Alabama hospital.  PCMC...

Advocate Health Care Replaces Cerner, Allscripts With Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Advocate Health Care recently announced plans to transition from using a combination of Cerner and Allscripts EHR systems to a single Epic EHR. Illinois’ largest health system made the decision to switch to a single Epic EHR and...

MT Hospital Swaps NextGen EHR for athenahealth EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

After going into considerable debt under the financial stress of a NextGen implementation, Mineral Community Hospital (MCH) in Montana has decided to swap the system for an athenahealth EHR replacement.  The MCH Board of Directors...

Perry County Memorial Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) in Missouri will soon begin a Cerner implementation across all acute and ambulatory care sites. The integrated Cerner Millenium EHR will enable providers at the community hospital to access...

Alameda Health System to Begin $200M Epic Implementation Project

by Kate Monica

The Alameda Health System (AHS) Board of Trustees recently approved a $200 million Epic implementation project to improve care coordination for the 1,100 physicians part of the health system. The fully-integrated Epic EHR system will...

DoD MHS Genesis EHR Implementation Proceeding on Schedule

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) is still on schedule with its MHS Genesis EHR system rollout, officials told FCW. The $4.3-billion Cerner EHR system has received a significant amount of complaints from users related to problems with...

VA Stalls Cerner EHR Contract for Interoperability Assessment

by Kate Monica

VA has put Cerner EHR contract negotiations on hold to conduct an independent interoperability assessment, according to testimony from VA Secretary David Shulkin at a Senate committee hearing earlier this week.  The federal agency...

VA Upgrading Infrastructure to Prepare for Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

VA has started upgrading IT infrastructure at each of its care sites in preparation for the Cerner implementation expected to begin as soon as contract negotiations are finalized, Federal News Radio reported. The federal agency will...

Investigators Deem Canadian Cerner Implementation Poorly Executed

by Kate Monica

The British Columbia Ministry of Health recently concluded its second review of Island Health’s EHR system IHealth and determined the Cerner implementation was poorly executed and training was insufficient to support the system...

Epic, DaVita Partner to Develop Chronic Kidney Disease EHR System

by Kate Monica

Epic will partner with DaVita Physician Solutions to improve capabilities within DaVita’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) EHR system offering. Effective chronic disease management is especially critical for CKD patients given the...

Green Mountain Care Board Approves $151.7M Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has approved a $151.7-million Epic implementation at four hospital affiliates of the University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network. The Epic implementation is an effort to enhance patient care delivery...

Mercy Partners with GoHealth Urgent Care, Extends Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Mercy recently partnered with GoHealth Urgent Care to create a network of 30 co-branded urgent care centers across the Midwest operating on a single, unified Epic EHR system. The partnership will improve patient care delivery and health...

EHR Optimization Before, During, and After Implementation

by Kate Monica

As EHR adoption becomes nearly ubiquitous across all hospital specialties, many providers are also becoming increasingly frustrated with the technology. Well-informed EHR optimization decisions throughout the many phases of implementation...

6 EHR Implementations, Go-Lives Slated for Completion in 2018

by Kate Monica

In 2017, several hospitals and health systems signed EHR implementation deals with large enterprise health IT companies — some clocking in at over $1 billion — as these healthcare organizations undergo EHR replacements. Whether...

EHR Adoption Rises, User Satisfaction Falls for Ophthalmologists

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption among ophthalmologists nearly doubled between 2006 and 2016, but user satisfaction with financial and clinical productivity has declined, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.  A research team headed by...

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