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UVM Medical Center Seeks Approval for Integrated Epic EHR

January 11, 2017 - 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 Health Network. The advantages of this endeavor are many, according to leaders of the five-hospital health system spanning Vermont and New York. A...


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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...

Physician EHR Use Vital in Healthcare Quality Improvement

by Vera Gruessner

When considering EHR integration, the way physicians use certain EHR features should be addressed, as there may be key differences among a group of doctors. Physician EHR use could correlate with the costs and quality of care at medical facilities....

AHRQ Report: EHR Integration Assists Lean Production Design

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry has emphasized “Lean Production” – a term coined by MIT researchers meaning the elimination of waste – in recent years, as it continues EHR integration initiatives and the adoption of electronic...

How Innovative EHR Use Supports Care Quality Improvements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Care quality improvements through innovative EHR use are front and center at University of Missouri (MU) Health Care. Over the past few years, the organization has climbed the rankings awarded by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)...

Role of Integrated EHR Technology in Solving Fragmented Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Authors of a recent Harvard Business Review article claim that integrated care hold the key to resolving fragmented healthcare in the United States. Pioneering healthcare organizations demonstrate that it is now possible “the integrated-care...

Why Is EHR Interoperability a Starting Point at Cerner?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With Cerner Millennium and Siemens Soarian now under the same roof, integration of the two platforms and their services should take place without much resistance. However, it is still a challenge and one that Cerner following the acquisition...

MHC Eyes EHR Integration, Interoperability, Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchanges (HIE) not only serve an important function in bridging the interoperability between EHR technologies and helping eligible providers achieve meaningful use, but they also play a valuable role in ensuring EHR integration...

Cerner Provides Free CommonWell Interoperability Services

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Connecting to the EHR interoperability platform developed by a consortium of EHR developers will not come at an added cost for customers of one contributing EHR company — at least for three years. Following his keynote during the Cerner Health...

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