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Partners HealthCare Launches Epic EHR-Integrated PDMP Connection

March 15, 2019 - Boston-based Partners HealthCare recently became the first health system in Massachussetts to offer an EHR-integrated link to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP.) The health system fully integrated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT) to offer clinicians access to complete controlled substance information at the...


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NC Mental Health Providers Oppose Behavioral Health EHR Requirements

by Kate Monica

A group of mental health providers and social workers in North Carolina are requesting a delay on state requirements that promote behavioral health EHR use, according to North Carolina Health News. Specifically, the care providers oppose...

Health Systems Expect More from Regulatory Reporting Health IT Tools

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations are raising their expectations for health IT vendors developing quality management solutions as federal reporting requirements continue to shift and increase in complexity. A recent KLAS report on quality...

Epic Halts App Orchard Enrollment to Boost EHR Patient Data Safety

by Kate Monica

Epic temporarily halted third-party enrollment in its App Orchard store in December as part of an effort to implement new privacy policies to preserve EHR patient data security, according to CNBC. The EHR vendor became concerned about the...

HIT Consolidation, Integration Fueling Changes at eMDs, MEDITECH

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Before HIMSS19 has even begun, EHR companies are making moves to improve the reach and abilities of their platforms. First, Austin’s eMDs expanded its ambulatory footprint with its acquisition of Aprima Medical Software, which...

EHR Scheduling App Zocdoc To Start Charging Patient Fee

by Jessica Kent

Zocdoc, a doctor scheduling app that integrates with the EHR, will abandon its subscription payment model and will now charge a fee for every new patient booking. In an email sent on January 29, 2019, Oliver Kharraz, MD, Zocdoc Founder...

Bipartisan Policy Center Promotes EHR Use in Mental Healthcare

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently recommended policymakers encourage or require mental healthcare providers to adopt EHR systems in a January report detailing opportunities to integrate clinical and mental healthcare. The Washington,...

Nebraska Research Hospital To Launch MEDITECH EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Nebraska-based Boys Town National Research Hospital recently made the decision to begin a MEDITECH EHR implementation as part of an effort to improve revenue cycle management and behavioral healthcare delivery. The hospital specializes in...

VA Seeks Contractor To Conduct Cerner EHR Implementation Testing

by Kate Monica

VA recently issued a request for information (RFI) about contractors able to assist with testing the federal agency’s Cerner EHR implementation. Cerner officially clinched the $10 billion VA EHR implementation contract in May, 2018....

Integrated Approaches Fueling Allscripts, MEDITECH Growth

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A busy week for MEDITECH continues. Following the EHR company’s work to connect Vermont’s Northwestern Medical Center to CommonWell interoperability services, MEDITECH has signed an agreement with West Virginia's Williamson...

Early Data Shows High Patient Satisfaction With Appleā€™s PHR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Researchers from the University of California San Diego Health, one of the first dozen healthcare organizations to integrate Apple Health Records into its patient portal, have released initial data that show the technology is well received...

Allscripts-Microsoft Effort to Match Patients with Clinical Trials

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Veradigm, a division of Allscripts focused on payers and life sciences, has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to connect patients with clinical studies through the cloud-based Allscripts EHR system, the Chicago-based company...

Michigan State Police Request Access to State PDMP Data

by Kate Monica

Michigan State Police are requesting that lawmakers grant them increased access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to leverage health data about controlled substance use to combat the opioid crisis, according...

Minnesota Enables EHR Integration of PDMP Data for Safe Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Healthcare providers and prescribers across Minnesota now have the opportunity to leverage EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to make safer prescribing decisions. The state PDMP recently went live with Appriss...

EHR Data Helps Predict Survival for Patients With Circulatory Issue

by Kate Monica

A group of researchers from Mayo Clinic used EHR-integrated risk calculators to predict survival rates for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using EHR data. The study demonstrating the effectiveness of EHR-integrated risk...

UCSF Leveraging Epic EHR, FHIR to Manage Newborn Weight Loss

by Kate Monica

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is launching a new tool that leverages data from the health system’s Epic EHR to enable clinicians to improve clinical decision support for providers caring for newborns in the first...

NC Department of Health Enabling EHR Integration of PDMP Data

by Kate Monica

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is taking steps to promote safer prescribing practices across the state by enabling EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data. NCDHHS will...

DHMC Working With Epic EHR, NIH to Research, Improve Cancer Care

by Kate Monica

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is one of six health systems sharing a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage Epic EHR for research into improving cancer care. NIH and the Beau Biden Cancer...

MEDITECH Launches EHR-Integrated Prescription Pricing Tool

by Kate Monica

Users of MEDITECH Expanse now have access to an EHR-integrated pricing tool to better manage the cost of their care. MEDITECH announced DrFirst’s myBenefitCheck solution will be integrated into MEDITECH Expanse as a real-time...

Allscripts Making Progress Toward Closing Sale of Netsmart Stake

by Kate Monica

After generating significant interest from a group of financial sponsors, Allscripts has made the decision to hire financial advisors to execute a more formal sale of its joint venture stake in behavioral health EHR company...

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