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How EHR Optimization Can Help Reduce Physician Burnout

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The causes of physician burnout are legion — technology, regulation, reimbursement — but the solution may be as simple as completing certain EHR optimization activities. Mississippi's Memorial Hospital of Gulfport is tackling...

Moving from EHR Fragmentation to EHR Optimization in Miss.

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Memorial Hospital of Gulfport currently finds itself in the position of improving inefficiencies in its EHR use following years of health IT maturation at the Mississippi health facility. The EHR optimization process represents a marked departure...

7 Time-Saving EHR Use Tips to Boost Physician Productivity

by Tom Giannulli, MD, MS, of Kareo

There’s an assumption in healthcare that EHRs are too time-consuming. With physicians often stating that the more time they spend using an EHR, the less time they spend with patients. As with many assumptions, the more often something is...

MACRA Raises Need for EHR Optimization, Other Improvements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Imminent changes to care delivery and reimbursement under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) heighten the need for EHR optimization and other improvements for providers to remain successful in value-based care, according...

EHR Implementation Projects Impact EHR Optimization Efforts

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A hasty approach to EHR implementation presents healthcare organizations and providers now with opportunities for EHR optimization through a thorough, data-driven assessment of EHR technology already in place, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers...

4 Steps for Ensuring a Successful EHR Optimization Project

by Sara Heath

With EHR adoption widespread across the healthcare industry, providers are now looking for opportunities for EHR optimization to make up for inefficiencies and other problems ailing their technology use. However, EHR optimization projects take...

3 EHR Vendors Release Million Hearts EHR Optimization Guides

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Allscripts, Cerner, and NextGen EHR users now have access to EHR optimization guides for reporting clinical quality measures related to Million Hearts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) national initiative to prevent one...

Best Practices for Approaching EHR Optimization Projects

by Sara Heath

EHR optimization projects are set to be an industry focus in light of the increased adoption of health IT. This focus is perhaps a natural transition, as providers are realizing that just because a healthcare organization adopts an EHR does not...

Will EHR Optimization Projects Take Center Stage in 2016?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Now that it's December, healthcare organizations and providers are able to reflect on a rather busy year. Coming into 2015, many had concerns about meaningful use requirements such as a full-year reporting period for Stage 2. However, modifications...

Centura Health Receives HIMSS Davies Award for Health IT

by Sara Heath

For its achievements in implementing health IT, Centura Health the most recent recipient of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015 Enterprise Davies Award. According to a HIMSS press release, Centura Health received...

EHR Optimization Projects a Top Priority for Healthcare CIOs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare CIOs consider EHR optimization a top priority over the next 12 months as they look to get more value out their EHR investments, according to a recent Impact Advisors survey. The health IT consultancy's findings comprise responses...

A Successful EHR Implementation Is About More Than Go-Live

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Go-live tends to garner the most attention for an EHR implementation, especially in the event that it does not go well. But many more activities go into a successful EHR implementation that precede and post-date the production launch. Earlier...

Can True EHR Customization Help Physician Practices Survive?

by Shameem Hameed of ZH Healthcare

In the rapidly-evolving EHR market, one size definitely does not fit all and true EHR customization can make all the difference. It is a commonly-held belief that the healthcare system in the United States is in need of more than a fairly steep...

How Innovative EHR Use Supports Care Quality Improvements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Care quality improvements through innovative EHR use are front and center at University of Missouri (MU) Health Care. Over the past few years, the organization has climbed the rankings awarded by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)...

DoD EHR Selection, Interoperability with VA in Omnibus Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Omnibus bill places requirements on the DoD and VA concerning their EHR selection, optimization, and interoperability projects. As part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill, the federal government has set goals for the Departments of Defense (DoD)...

Are Additional EHR Implementation Resources Worth the Price?

by Matt Kantz

Tell me if you have heard this story before. A mid-sized physician practice that was embarking on replacing its EHR technology tells me that the new vendor is going to provide it with the best and most experienced talent in the company to implement...

Physicians Spend Less When EHRs Default to Generic Drugs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians choose cheaper drugs when e-prescribing through EHRs that make generics the default choice. Physicians are more likely to prescribe cheaper generic drugs when their EHRs are set to choose the less expensive option by default, finds...

Physician Perspectives on EHR Optimization Strategies

by Jerri Cowper of Innovative Consulting Group

I recently shared my thoughts on the physician perspective of EHR optimization strategies and physician EHR use. Now I have decided to expand the conversation by getting the take of two individuals, both within large health systems: Philip Baney,...

Achieving EHR Optimization alongside Meaningful Use of HIT

by Debbie Martin of CTG Health Solutions

Health information technology (HIT) is essential to achieve financial success in today’s environment of regulatory reporting and federal and state requirements. Less realized ― but equally important ― is its potential value to patients,...

Taking the physician perspective on EHR-HIT optimization

by Jerri Cowper of Innovative Consulting Group

With all of the current government initiatives and mandates, physicians have been left in the dust to try to figure out how to meet the requirements set out by the government, their practices, or their health systems — and still have quality...

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