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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...

Rural Hospitals Remain Weak Spot in EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Rural hospitals have historically struggled to keep up with larger hospitals in more populated, urban areas in EHR adoption due to lack of financial and technological resources. The cost, time, and technical expertise necessary to fully...

E-Prescribing to Benefit from Electronic Transactions Changes

by Kate Monica

  That is the focus of new reform principles developed by the American Medical Association in partnership with other medical academies to reduce the cost and inefficiencies of prior authorizations. As AMA and other associations...

HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the nomination of Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) for the lead role at the Department of Health & Human Services. Among...

Recent Study Identifies How EHR Use Could Increase Spending

by Kate Monica

A recent study of physician EHR use found that the technology could be responsible for increasing spending in a hospital setting. Since EHR technology has the potential to benefit the healthcare system overall, the healthcare...

EHR Use Assists Warfarin Patients during Transitions of Care

by Kate Monica

In a recent study, MU Health Care found that EHR use can be useful in improving anticoagulation therapy between outpatient and inpatient settings and across providers. Researchers conducted the study in response to challenges arising from...

Epic Leads EHR Implementations, Cerner EHR Selections in 2016

by Sara Heath

This past year was a good one for Epic Systems in terms of EHR implementations, with a majority of the year’s notable go-lives belonging to the vendor. But as good a year as it was for Epic with implementations, it was equally as...

DoD Makes Important Health Information Exchange Move in WA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In advance of the rollout of its new enterprise EHR platform nationwide, the Department of Defense has entered into a partnership with Medical Information Network – North Sound (MIN-NS) to develop a health information exchange portal...

Strategies to Better Understand EHR Implementation Barriers

by Sara Heath

In order to successfully assess EHR implementation barriers across the industry, health IT professionals must effectively survey healthcare organizations. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, item...

Bay-Area Home Health Provider Completes Epic Implementation

by Sara Heath

Bay-area home health and hospice provider Pathways has finished its Epic implementation, allowing for better care coordination between ambulatory and inpatient providers and home healthcare providers, according to a company press...

HIMSS: Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking in Many Areas

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Leaders of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently put pen to paper to recommend a multitude of changes to the Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). In a letter to the Office of the...

DoD Officially Pushes EHR Modernization Start Date to 2017

by Sara Heath

The Department of Defense will begin rolling out its new commercial EHR at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State in February, 2017, three months later than its original December, 2016, target, reports Federal News Radio. DoD still...

Mercy SaaS Service Drives Accelerated Epic EHR Implementation

by Sara Heath

With help from Mercy Technology Services, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital has fully completed an Epic EHR implementation in less than a year, a process that usually takes 12 to 18 months, according to a press release. The 98-bed hospital,...

How Health Orgs Realize EHR Benefits, Quality Improvements

by Sara Heath

For healthcare organizations to benefit from EHR use and achieve quality improvements, they need to engage in robust strategic planning, articulating their goals and how they will achieve them, according to healthcare IT consultancy Impact...

NYU Lutheran Launches Epic EHR to Boost Patient Care

by Sara Heath

NYU Lutheran has completed a full EHR implementation, going live with Epic Systems yesterday. Part of NYU Langone Health System, the hospital announced the successful go-live of its Epic EHR at all its Brooklyn locations, including in 22...

Top 3 EHR Challenges Facing the Healthcare Industry, Providers

by Sara Heath

When the HITECH Act first came into play, it was meant to spur widespread EHR adoption to help the healthcare industry achieve the Triple Aim. But with every improvement, there have also been EHR challenges for providers to mitigate. Many...

DoD EHR Modernization Project Hits Snags, to Be Delayed

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Military Health System will have to wait a little bit longer for the implementation of its EHR replacement technology as part of the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM). On Thursday, The Program Executive Office...

Drug Data Standards Needed for EHR Clinical Decision Support

by Sara Heath

Drug-drug interactions are an integral patient safety component to EHR clinical decision support and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) are likely to benefit from data standardization, recent research shows. According to a new...

Clinical Workflow Progress Vital to Boost Health IT Quality

by Sara Heath

For 78 percent of healthcare quality experts, improved clinical workflow and efficiency are the keys to boosting health information technology quality. In a recent survey conducted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), healthcare...

EHR Adoption Positively Impacts Nurses, Clinical Workflows

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption is linked to improved clinical workflows for nursing staffs, helping them to improve the quality of care they provide, new research shows. In a study, led by AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, EdD, RN, a research team measured care...

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