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Small Practices Express Concern over Effects of EHR Adoption

April 13, 2017 - A recent study to examine the effects of EHR adoption on revenue and patient encounters for small practices finds EHR adoption will likely reduce the number of patient encounters for physicians and, by extension, reduce overall practice revenue. Using a panel of 15 experts, researchers conducted a three-round survey process to reach a consensus among panelists regarding the effects of EHR...


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Small Practices Express Concern over Effects of EHR Adoption

by Kate Monica

A recent study to examine the effects of EHR adoption on revenue and patient encounters for small practices finds EHR adoption will likely reduce the number of patient encounters for physicians and, by extension, reduce overall practice revenue....

SAFR Guidance to Aid EMS Providers in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

ONC published a guide to aid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations in data integration to improve patient care through their Search, Alert, File, Reconcile (SAFR) model for health data exchange earlier this year. “Access to patient...

Improving EHR Use, Interoperability, Optimization at HIMSS17

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR adoption is at an all-time high after healthcare organizations and providers completed EHR implementation projects over the past several, so it should come as no surprise that numerous educational opportunities health IT’s most recognized...

Shulkin Unanimously Confirmed as VA Secretary in Monday Vote

by Kate Monica

David Shulkin, MD, will remain in the top post at the Department of Veterans Affairs following a confirmation vote by the Senate late Monday evening. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee (100-0) who...

HIE Partnership to Improve Health Data Exchange of Imaging

by Kate Monica

Syracuse-based regional health information organization HealtheConnections is working with HIE solution developer eHealth Technologies to facilitate exchange of medical images between healthcare providers throughout the state. The ability to...

NIST Warns of Copy and Paste Threats to EHR Data Integrity

by Kate Monica

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published findings from an EHR usability study of copying and pasting clinical documentation which does not bode well for patient safety. “‘Copy and paste’ functionality...

Calculating the Cost of Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule to ease health data exchange of certain behavioral health information and touches on the health IT implications for sharing these records electronically. Dubbed the Confidentiality...

UVM Medical Center Seeks Approval for Integrated Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

The University of Vermont Medical Center recently filed a certificate of need (CON) application seeking approval from the Green Mountain Care Board of a plan to create a unified Epic EHR system across four hospitals in the University of Vermont...

NWU Project for Patient-Reported Outcomes, EHR Integration

by Sara Heath

A consortium of university hospitals led by Northwestern University has received a $6.3 million grant for patient-reported outcomes and EHR integration, according to a recent press release. The grant, awarded by the National Center for Advancing...

EHR Integration a Challenge for Hospital Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR integration remains a sticking point for hospitals working to advance interoperability and health information exchange. The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) published new data on providing insight into...

From EHR Use to Information Exchange for Community Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Community health centers rely on EHR use for providing care to high-risk patient populations and reporting required quality metrics for the purposes of certification or grant funding. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is looking...

Lack of Behavioral Health Data Threatens Physician EHR Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

How effective can physician EHR use prove without including non-primary care patient health data, especially behavioral health information? That is one of several questions raised by researchers in a recent study in the Journal of the American...

How Business Decisions Challenge EHR Integration Efforts?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past year, federal officials have grown increasingly interested the ability for healthcare organizations and providers to share information through the use of interoperable EHR technology, which has raised the need for EHR integration....

Moving Beyond Healthcare Interoperability as a Buzzword

by Shana Tachikawa of Stoltenberg Consulting

Despite gaining notoriety as a 2015 most buzzed-about word, “interoperability” stands in the Health & Human Services (HHS) Interoperability Roadmap as the ultimate challenge to be met nationwide by 2024. As provider organizations...

Maximizing EHR Investments through Clinical Surveillance

by Steve Riddle of Wolters Kluwer

As the timeline for value-based care marches forward, hospitals and health systems increasingly need access to the wealth of patient data that exists within EHR technology and other clinical systems. Success hinges on the ability of technical...

CPSI Acquires Healthland, Expands EHR Technology

by Sara Heath

Earlier last week, Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. (CPSI) announced its acquisition of Healthland Holding Inc. According to a press release, CPSI hopes that this merger will strengthen its efforts to improve health IT management systems and...

Are the Technical Aspects of EHR Integration Overstated?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The triple aim of healthcare reform relies on improvements to care coordination that are in turn dependent on the ability of various healthcare organizations to integrate effectively. The task of EHR integration is a challenging one, bringing...

EHR Integration Target of DoD EHR Modernization Subcontract

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Leidos-led team that won the Department of Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) award — that is, the DoD EHR modernization project — has made another addition to its squad for the purposes of health IT integration...

Methods for Improving Patient Access to Health Information

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest hearing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) resulted in more than the call to delay Stage 3 Meaningful Use. It also provided numerous methods that federal legislators and healthcare organizations...

Managing a Successful EHR Implementation Extension Program

by Nikki Chapman of Innovative Consulting Group

Extending your healthcare organization's EHR technology to community physicians and hospitals can prove to be life saving for the patients of your community. This, in turn, dramatically increases patient safety and continuity of care. Sharing...

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