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Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

February 22, 2018 - 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 recommendations came in response to the Senate Committee on Finance’s request for feedback on policy recommendations to improve access and quality...


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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...

Major EHR Companies to Integrate New Surescripts Pharmacy Tool

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is now offering a real-time prescription benefit tool as well as an expanded prior authorization solutions integrated directly into physician EHR systems to assist with prescription decision-making processes. The health information...

NJ Health Center Completes eClinicalWorks EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Center for Health Education Medicine & Dentistry (CHEMED) has successfully implemented its new eClinicalWorks EHR system complete with an electronic dental record and a behavioral health module. The cloud-based EHR solution will assist...

The Importance of Efficient EHR Use in Behavioral Healthcare

by Kate Monica

While healthcare industry stakeholders agree on the benefits of EHR use and health data exchange among hospitals and primary care facilities, EHR use in behavioral health settings is still uncommon and lagging behind.   One behavioral and...

Epic Systems Expands CVS Health Partnership to Lower Drug Costs

by Kate Monica

Epic and CVS Health recently announced an initiative to lower drug costs for patients and improve health outcomes by offering prescribers lower cost alternatives to expensive medications. CVS will utilize Epic’s population health management...

EHR Interoperability to Transform Healthcare in Decade Ahead

by Kate Monica

A new report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions examined ways EHR centralization, integration, and interoperabilty will likely transform the healthcare industry in the next 10 years. Researchers conducted a crowdsourcing simulation...

Mayo Clinic Adds Clinical Decision Support Tools to Labs

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic recently partnered with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to develop a clinical decision support (CDS) tool comprising recommendations for lab test ordering. The tool will be available to healthcare providers through their...

3 Ways EHR Use, Access Boost Care Coordination Across Settings

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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