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Physicians to Launch Connecticut Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) recently partnered with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) to institute a statewide health information exchange (HIE). The physician-lead HIE will allow clinicians, hospitals, and other in-network...

Putting Epic EHR Data to Work for Quality Improvement

by Kate Monica

Quality improvement can be defined in several ways, but federal programs such as the Quality Payment Program tend to define quality based primarily on patient safety and preventable health conditions. Like many other hospitals and...

Top Features, Functions to Advance Direct Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The comment period for a DirectTrust white paper outlining recommendations to the healthcare industry regarding the best use of Direct Interoperability is coming to a close on March 30. The document comprising 50 recommendations seeks to...

EHR Data Management Tops ECRI List of Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently published their 2017 Top 10 Patient Concerns for Healthcare Organizations using findings acquired through the institute’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) event data, input from healthcare provider...

Survey Shows Differing Views on EHR, Clinical IT Priorities

by Kate Monica

Despite progress in the maturation of EHR technology over preceding years, EHR vendors and provider users differ as to improving clinical IT in the years ahead. That is one finding from the 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey...

CIOs Set to Channel Future Spending Toward EHR Optimization

by Kate Monica

The industry-wide push for EHR adoption led to hasty EHR implementations which in turn have healthcare CIOs focused on EHR optimization efforts. According to a KPMG poll of more than a hundred College of Healthcare Information Management...

HL7, HSPC Partner to Initiate Interoperability FHIR Projects

by Kate Monica

Health Level Seven International (HL7) and Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) have reached an agreement to pursue the development of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, the organizations announced...

Using EHR Research to Identify EHR Optimization Activities

by Kate Monica

Realizing the benefits of advanced EHR use could prove to be a rockier process than many healthcare providers expected. As a result, EHR optimization should be a top prerogative for healthcare organizations and providers heading...

Georgia Tech Furthers VA Vision for EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration scored a victory for its patient-centered EHR interoperability solution, the Digital Health Platform (DHP), as part of a proof-of-concept demonstration led by the...

Study Raises Doubts about Clinical Documentation Accuracy

by Kate Monica

Researchers at the University of Michigan sought to investigate whether patient-reported eye symptoms were recorded as part of clinical documentation in EHR systems. As part of a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, Valikodath et...

How Health Orgs Realize EHR Benefits, Quality Improvements

by Sara Heath

For healthcare organizations to benefit from EHR use and achieve quality improvements, they need to engage in robust strategic planning, articulating their goals and how they will achieve them, according to healthcare IT consultancy Impact...

Vets Call for VA EHR Optimization, Interoperability Advances

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs an overhaul of its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (Vista) EHR — either in the form of EHR optimization or a commercial EHR replacement — to improve care quality...

Do EHR Implementations Have Negative Short-Term Effects?

by Sara Heath

A new EHR implementation has little to no short-term effect on patient safety and care outcomes, showing that the anticipated disruptions EHR implementation may not be something for providers to worry about, new research shows. In a study...

EHR Usability Depends on Practice Culture, Provider Needs

by Sara Heath

In recent years, EHR adoption has reached near ubiquitous levels, but have received scrutiny across the healthcare industry. Several of these critiques center on EHR usability and the way in which it improves clinical workflow. What makes...

3 Hospitals Sign onto Mercy SaaS for Epic EHR Implementation

by Sara Heath

Mercy Technology Services will be helping three more hospitals with their Epic EHR implementations and optimizations through their software as a service (SaaS) model, a press release says. Through the SaaS model, Mercy will assist...

VA Shares Vision for EHR Interoperability, Modernization

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David J. Shulkin, MD, hinted at the possibility of a commercial EHR replacement in the federal agency's future plans for upgrading and building out its health IT infrastructure...

GAO: Lack of Goals Challenge EHR Interoperability at VA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified several IT-related challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requiring sustained management attention, including its efforts to modernize its VistA to ensure EHR...

Beginning an Information Governance, EHR Optimization Project

by Sara Heath

As healthcare technologies like EHRs are near ubiquitous throughout the industry, IT leaders and providers alike are charged with the task of wading through a vast sea of data. In order to make such store of data more manageable,...

State Department Considering Commercial EHR Implementation?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The United States Department of State is the latest federal agency considering a commercial EHR implementation. Earlier this month, the federal agency posted a request for information on EHR project management support services although it...

EHR Optimization to Boost Value-Based Care for Larger Practices

by Jacqueline LaPointe

As the healthcare industry shifts away from fee-for-service payment structures, more healthcare organizations are relying on EHR optimization projects to help implement value-based care models. A recent Black Book survey found that...

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