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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...

Cerner EHR Implementation to Support Behavioral Health at Spectrum

by Kate Monica

Spectrum Health & Human Services will launch a Cerner EHR implementation project through Cerner’s Community Behavioral Health deployment model to improve the mental and behavioral health of individuals throughout western New...

MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

MEDITECH is launching an app development environment supported by RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) — including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — to allow users and third-party developers to...

How Providers Use Clinical Documentation Improvement Tools

by Kate Monica

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tools can help healthcare organizations accurately represent information about patient health events, clinical status, and office visits in EHRs as coded data. This coded data is used for quality...

EHR Design, Interoperability Top List of Physician Pain Points

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR design and interoperability are primary causes of physician dissatisfaction, according to a September 2018 survey of America’s Physicians by the Physician’s Foundation. The Physician’s Foundation and...

Cerner EHR Implementation Goes Live at NE Medical Center

by Kate Monica

Regional West Health Services — the parent company of multi-specialty medical group Regional West Medical Center — went live with a new Cerner EHR implementation over the weekend to streamline health data access and care...

Joint DoD, VA EHR Modernization Governance Bodies to Launch 2019

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) and VA Interagency Program Office (IPO) is helping to establish joint DoD and VA EHR modernization governance bodies in an effort to facilitate collaborative decision-making and improve interagency...

Kansas Community Hospital Launches athenahealth EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

Hiawatha Community Hospital will go live with a cloud-based athenahealth EHR replacement on September 11 after about a year of preparation. The athenahealth EHR will take the place of the hospital’s former Paragon EHR system,...

Centra Health Launches Cerner EHR After 2 Years of Preparation

by Kate Monica

Centra Health recently went live with a multi-million-dollar Cerner EHR implementation as part of a two-year effort to replace several, disparate EHR systems previously in use across the health system with a single, integrated system. The...

IN Rep Demands Transparency on VA EHR Modernization Leadership

by Kate Monica

House Subcommittee on Technology Modernization and Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) urged VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to improve transparency into VA EHR modernization project leadership in a recent letter. Banks also requested that Wilkie...

EHR System Costs Contributed to Bankruptcy at 3 MS Hospitals

by Kate Monica

A Tennessee-based healthcare company that owns three hospitals and several physician practices in Mississippi recently filed for bankruptcy in part due to costs associated with its EHR system. Curae Health in Knoxville filed for Chapter...

EHRs, Health IT May Not Contribute to Early Physician Retirements

by Kate Monica

EHR technology may not be driving physicians to quit practicing medicine, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. The researchers found no correlation between EHR adoption and physician retirement, contradicting the...

NY Health System Swaps 5 Vendor Systems for Epic EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

New York-based Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will begin an Epic EHR replacement project to swap out its five existing EHR systems from different vendors with a single, unified system. By implementing a single Epic EHR, MVHS hopes to...

Boosting EHR Usability, Safety Throughout the EHR Life Cycle

by Kate Monica

A new report from AMA, Pew Charitable Trusts, and MedStar Health outlines recommendations on how stakeholders can improve EHR usability and safety throughout the entire EHR life cycle, as well as criteria for rigorous safety tests. The...

Interim CHIO Genevieve Morris Resigns from VA Cerner EHR Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

Genevieve Morris has resigned her role as Interim Chief Health Information Officer for the Office of EHR Modernization (OEHRM) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In a resignation letter delivered to both HHS Secretary Alex Azar...

West Virginia Hospital To Go Live with Cloud-based MEDITECH EHR

by Kate Monica

West Virginia-based Montgomery General Hospital will go live with a cloud-based MEDITECH EHR via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model. MEDITECH’s Expanse EHR offering enables users to utilize a range of health IT tools...

Patient, Physician Satisfaction with EHR Systems Remains Low

by Kate Monica

Patient and provider satisfaction with EHR systems remains lacking despite improvements in health data availability, access, and exchange. This finding comes from a recent JAMIA study by Meyerhoefer et al. at Lehigh University. The team...

Cerner to Directly Oversee MCHS EHR Implementation, IT Department

by Kate Monica

Texas-based Medical Center Health System (MCHS) will move forward with an agreement to allow Cerner to take over its IT department and oversee its EHR implementation, according to Odessa American. The Ector County Hospital District board...

EHR System, Physician Burnout Contributed to Problems at ME Hospital

by Kate Monica

Executives at Central Maine Healthcare have been struggling to reduce high rates of physician burnout with 80 of the health system’s 300 employees leaving in the past fiscal year partly because of dissatisfaction with its EHR...

3 Ways to Promote Clinician Engagement During EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

EHR implementation projects are notoriously stressful for hospital management and staff as providers, administrators, IT staff, and leadership adjust to changes in daily operations. Without sufficient EHR training and communication...

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