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The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 18-24

by Frank Irving

This week in health IT interoperability will sharpen focus on the future of information technology (IT) product comparison. During a meeting of the Certified Technology Comparison Task (CTC) on Jan. 15, government officials gave an overview of...

Health IT Comparison Tool Framework Taking Shape

by Frank Irving

The federal Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force is on the clock to come up with recommendations that may eventually help providers build out their health IT infrastructure. CTC, an advisory body to the national coordinator for health...

State Strongholds for EHR Vendors Among MU Hospitals

by Frank Irving

Ever wonder how a particular electronic health records system stacks up in terms of market share and rank among meaningful users in a certain state? The Health IT Dashboard, made available by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

North Carolina Group Achieves EHR Integration for Referrals

by Frank Irving

The Stage 2 meaningful use summary-of-care objective reportedly has been a challenge for eligible providers, particularly measure 2, which specifies that more than 10 percent of transitions or referrals must be electronically transmitted using...

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Lauded for EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

The ongoing electronic health records deployment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) was certified this week as having achieved Stage 6 on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM)....

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...

ICD-10 Systems Working as Promised, But Cause for Caution

by Frank Irving

Two months after the ICD-10 regulation officially went into effect, evidence shows that the transition went well in strictly technical terms. However, beneath the surface, there’s reason for continued vigilance about the mandated changeover’s...

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...

EHR Use in Safety-Net Clinics Affects Patient Satisfaction

by Frank Irving

Clinicians highly connected with their electronic health records systems may inadvertently suffer an interpersonal disconnect with patients in safety-net facilities, according to a newly released study. EHR implementation may adversely affect...

Republican Doctors Lobby Speaker Ryan for MU Delay

by Frank Irving

The 18 medical providers who comprise the GOP Doctors Caucus wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Nov. 20 urging delay of Stage 3 meaningful use requirements as well as a blanket hardship waiver exception for MU Stage 2. The letter also asked...

Outsourcing Prevalent in Health IT Integration Plans

by Frank Irving

Nearly three-quarters of hospitals and health systems with over 300 beds will be looking outside their organizational walls in 2016 for health IT integration help ranging from application development to complex infrastructure services, according...

Financial Challenges, MU Complexity Stunting EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Hospitals across the nation continue to make substantial progress in EHR integration and adoption, but challenges remain in a number of areas, particularly for small and rural facilities, according to new analysis of American Hospital Association...

EHR Integration Improves Assessment for COPD Patients

by Frank Irving

EHR integration into outpatient assessment workflow improved disease management in a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. In the study, recently published in the journal Respiratory Medicine,...

New Framework Examines EHR Usability Design and Testing

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Association (AMA) and MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare have developed a new means of evaluating user-centered design (UCD) in electronic health records systems. In a joint announcement...

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...

Workarounds Needed to Close EHR Integration Gaps

by Frank Irving

Documentation, communication and information exchange emerged as common EHR integration challenges among primary care practices and behavioral health centers attempting to integrate care activities. Researchers tracked 11 Colorado practices over...

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...

Senate Committee Pushes for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Senate HELP Committee drilled down on interoperability and EHR meaningful use during its Oct. 1 hearing on achieving the promise of health information technology. Top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)...

Task-Switching Hazard Revealed in EHR Integration Study

by Frank Irving

In a newly published study of how EHR integration may affect physician workflow, researchers found a 12 percent increase in tasks performed per minute by emergency department doctors after transition from a homegrown to a commercial EHR. Study...

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...

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