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Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Will Have Immediate Impact

May 9, 2018 - Health system executives at each of the 12 organizations that were early adopters of Apple Health Records predict that the EHR data viewer will have an immediate positive impact on patient engagement, interoperability, and health IT innovation, according to a new KLAS report. The first wave of Apple Health Records participants included Cedars Sinai, Cerner Healthe Clinic, Dignity Health, Geisinger...


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Allscripts EHR Receives Top Rankings in Interoperability, RCM

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare systems utilizing EHR-centric vendors and single-source solutions reported higher satisfaction ratings, with Allscripts EHR coming home with the highest ranking in Black Book Research’s Q1 2018 poll. The majority of hospital...

Leveraging Provider Communication for Better Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

With EHR systems now commonplace in hospitals and health systems nationwide, many healthcare organizations are turning their attention and resources toward EHR optimization to improve care coordination. Before Vanderbilt University Medical Center...

MI Hospital Reduces EHR Use in ICU with Epic Telemedicine Tool

by Kate Monica

Michigan-based Beaumont Hospital is utilizing an EHR-integrated Epic telemedicine tool to present critical health data about ICU patients on monitors outside hospital rooms in an effort to improve clinical efficiency and reduce EHR use for providers....

Mayo Clinic to Cut Medical Scribe Staff Ahead of Epic EHR Go-Live

by Kate Monica

In anticipation of its Epic EHR launch, Mayo Clinic has offered about 400 medical transcriptionists the option to either take voluntary separation packages or look for other jobs as the health system no longer requires their services. Mayo Clinic’s...

Netsmart Launches Cloud-Based EHR System myUnity for Home Health

by Kate Monica

Netsmart recently announced the launch of a new cloud-based EHR system offering, myUnity, designed specifically for home health and senior living care providers. The behavioral health EHR vendor launched the platform as part of an effort to support...

How Clinician Engagement Can Make or Break an EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

A poorly-executed EHR implementation project can cause myriad problems for healthcare organizations ranging from financial trouble to internal conflicts between hospital management and staff. In the months after an EHR system go-live, hospitals...

EHR-Integrated Tools Help Improve Chronic Kidney Disease Care

by Kate Monica

A quality improvement program combining EHR-integrated tools and patient engagement strategies can significantly improve quality of care for patients with chronic kidney disease, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

New York PDMP Achieves Healthcare Interoperability with 25 States

by Kate Monica

New York’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has achieved healthcare interoperability with PDMPs in 25 other states and Washington DC, according to a recent announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "By removing unnecessary...

Allscripts Launches EHR-Integrated Lyft Transportation Service

by Kate Monica

Allscripts and Lyft recently partnered to launch an EHR-integrated Lyft application programming interface (API) allowing clinicians to order non-emergency transportation services for patients. Lyft will integrate its proprietary API into Allscripts...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid epidemic. These...

How EHR Data Integration, Integrity Hold Back Effective EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Regulatory pressures have motivated nearly all healthcare organizations across care settings to engage in EHR use. However, problems with EHR data integration and data integrity still bar some hospitals and health systems from getting the most...

Texas HIE to Link Social Determinants of Health to Patient EHRs

by Kate Monica

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the state’s health information exchange (HIE) HASA are partnering to launch a pilot project for linking social determinants of health data to patient EHRs. The two San Antonio-based organizations...

Alameda Health System to Begin $200M Epic Implementation Project

by Kate Monica

The Alameda Health System (AHS) Board of Trustees recently approved a $200 million Epic implementation project to improve care coordination for the 1,100 physicians part of the health system. The fully-integrated Epic EHR system will enable physicians...

athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic to Launch Virtual Assistants

by Kate Monica

Health IT companies including eClinicalWorks, Epic, and athenahealth are developing EHR-integrated virtual assistants akin to Amazon’s Alexa to reduce provider burden and secure a competitive advantage in the crowded EHR marketplace. ...

AHRQ Challenge to Enable EHR Integration of Patient Reported Data

by Kate Monica

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently announced plans to launch a challenge competition in fall of 2018 to develop health IT capable of enabling EHR integration of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data. The competition...

EHR Integration Remains Top Priority for CHIME CIOs in 2018

by Kate Monica

Thirty-eight percent of CHIME CIOs named optimizing EHR integration with other hospital systems as a top priority heading into 2018, according to a recent Spok survey. Researchers collected survey responses from 46 CHIME CIOs in June of 2017...

Recognizing Healthcare Interoperability as a Moving Target

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Verbs used to describe work on interoperability (e.g., achieve, reach) give the impression that the task once done is complete. But the emergence of new technology and data sets with the potential to positively impact care delivery renders that...

Top 5 Most Expensive EHR Implementations of 2017

by Kate Monica

Hospitals and health systems in both the public and private sector are willing to pay big bucks to fund EHR implementations to optimize patient care delivery and keep in line with federal regulations. In 2017, some healthcare organizations –...

Cerner, MEDITECH Offer Most EHR Solutions Across Care Continuum

by Kate Monica

A new KLAS report focused on which health IT companies best help users adapt to each care setting found Cerner and MEDITECH to be leading the way in developing solutions across the care continuum. However, most large health systems still choose...

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