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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...

athenahealth Acquisition Bid Progresses to Second Round

by Kate Monica

The possibility of an athenahealth acquisition may be increasing as three potential buyers enter a second round of bidding. UnitedHealth Group, TPG, and Bain Capital are among the second round of bidders, according to Seeking...

Apple Health Record Participation Grows By 9 Hospitals, Clinics

by Kate Monica

Nine hospitals and clinics including locations part of the Baptist Health network in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois have signed on to allow patients to access EHR data through the Apple Health Records data viewer. In addition to Baptist...

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

by Kate Monica

While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare...

eClinicalWorks Fined $132K for Patient Safety Reporting Failure

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently fined eClinicalWorks $132,000 for failing to report patient safety issues to the regulatory body as reportable events in a timely manner. The health IT company is required to report patient...

Trump Nominates James Gfrerer as VA CIO, Assistant IT Secretary

by Kate Monica

President Trump has nominated James Paul Gfrerer to spearhead the IT department at VA, according to a public statement from the White House. The former marine and executive director at Ernst & Young — a cybersecurity practice...

How to Optimize EHR Downtime Preparedness, Reduce Slowdowns

by Kate Monica

With EHR use now nearly ubiquitous across healthcare organizations, the prospect of a sudden, sustained period of EHR downtime disrupting hospital operations has crept to the forefront of industry concerns.  In 2018, several...

WV Hospital Improvement Plan Includes Ambulatory EHR System Rollout

by Kate Monica

West Virginia-based Mon Health Medical Center will implement a new EHR system at its ambulatory care facilities as part of an operations improvement plan (OIP) intended to help the hospital recover from significant financial...

DoD Will Raise MHS GENESIS EHR Implementation Contract by $1.1B

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) will raise the ceiling of its MHS GENESIS EHR implementation contract by about $1.1 billion to accommodate adding the Coast Guard to the project, according to a Justification and Approval posted to the...

Banner Health $45M Cerner EHR Replacement Led to Medical Errors

by Kate Monica

Providers at Tucson-based Banner Health filed several medical error reports following a 2017 Cerner EHR replacement, according to public records from an Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) investigation obtained by the Arizona...

5 Ways to Prevent Physician Burnout in the Age of the EHR System

by Kate Monica

Rates of EHR adoption and physician burnout have both steadily risen nationwide in recent years — and research shows that’s no coincidence. Healthcare CEOs in 2017 identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor to the...

Cerner Expands R&D Hub to Improve Population Health Management

by Kate Monica

Cerner recently announced plans to significantly expand its Dublin research & development (R&D) hub to improve the population health management and health data analytics capabilities of its EHR systems and health IT tools for...

Genevieve Morris Heads VA EHR Modernization Oversight Panel

by Kate Monica

Principal Deputy National Coordinator Genevieve Morris has been selected to spearhead the new Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM) — an oversight panel responsible for ensuring the Cerner VA EHR modernization...

Clinical Efficiency, Costs Key in athenahealth EHR Replacements

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving overall clinical efficiency, streamlining administrative processes, and avoiding upfront costs have been key drivers in athenahealth EHR replacements that have occurred in 2018. Montana-based Mineral Community Hospital (MCH)...

$180M EHR Implementation Project Approved at UW Medicine

by Kate Monica

 The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine Finance and Asset Management Committee recently approved a $180 million EHR implementation project to replace its existing Cerner and Epic systems with a single, integrated EHR...

Holzer Health Systems Goes Live with athenahealth EHR System

by Kate Monica

Holzer Health System recently went live with an athenahealth EHR system that includes practice management and patient engagement solutions for improved clinical efficiency. According to health system officials, the athenahealth EHR will...

Different EHR Implementation Strategies May Affect EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

The wide array of different approaches healthcare organizations take to EHR implementation projects may have a significant impact on EHR usability, clinical efficiency, task duration, and accuracy, according to a recent JAMIA...

MHS GENESIS EHR System at Oak Harbor Care Site Passes Inspection

by Kate Monica

Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHCOH) is the first MHS GENESIS EHR system user to successfully complete a Joint Commission (JC) and Navy Medicine Medical Inspection General (Med IG) accreditation survey and inspection process. In...

Behavioral Health System Launches Epic EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Service includes 50,000 providers.  Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services recently completed an Epic EHR implementation...

Impacts of Key Cerner EHR Implementations for 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare continues to evolve, with providers of all sizes and with varying specialties working to implement the latest technologies while still ensuring patient care remains a top priority. Many organizations are considering new EHR...

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