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3 Ways EHR Use, Access Boost Care Coordination Across Settings

August 15, 2017 - Care coordination between healthcare settings can have a significant impact on patient care. Strong care coordination is particularly necessary for providers delivering care to high-risk patients. Transitions of care and chronic disease management often require providers to straddle the space between hospitals or pharmacies and long-term post-acute care (LTPAC), home health, and ambulatory...


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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...

eClinicalWorks Gears Up for Acute Care EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Will cloud-based electronic health records technology take hold in the hospital market as it has among ambulatory providers? eClinicalWorks, which currently counts more than 115,000 physicians using its ambulatory EHR, is preparing to find out....

Wand Imparts Medical Device Integration In Prototype Project

by Frank Irving

Medical device and EHR integration could soon be simplified through use of technology engineered at Dartmouth College. The system — called “Wanda” for its appearance and ability to configure devices for network data-sharing...

Mining Electronic Health Records Refines Diabetes Diagnoses

by Frank Irving

UCLA researchers successfully predicted patients’ type two diabetes mellitus (DM2) using an algorithm based on information extracted from de-identified electronic health records. The EHR phenotyping outperformed conventional screening methods,...

Portal’s Promise: Engaging Patients in Preventive Healthcare

by Frank Irving

Healthcare interoperability means more than connecting information technology systems and tools with one another. From a holistic standpoint, the concept extends into the patient-facing sphere, offering individuals an interactive means of taking...

Oncology Big Data Initiative Fortifies Leadership Team

by Frank Irving

Three C-level executives have joined CancerLinQ to help the subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) expand its goal of analyzing data from the electronic health records of millions of cancer patients to uncover patterns...

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