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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 al. compared...

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 Advisors....

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 for...

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 published...

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 ensuring...

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 Riverview Health...

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 in a...

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 interoperability...

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, organizations...

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 remains...

EHR Optimization to Boost Value-Based Care for Larger Practices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 healthcare...

VA EHR Optimization Efforts a Concern for Congress

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Defense (DoD) isn't the only federal agency in the midst of a major EHR modernization project, with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also working to upgrade its current EHR technology known as the Veterans Health...

Factors Contributing to Hospital EHR Implementation Success

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

More than two years ago, Beebe Healthcare in southern Delaware made an important decision about their health IT infrastructure in deciding on EHR replacement technology to demonstrate meaningful use in the near term and prepare for a transformation...

Managing EHR Optimization in Absence of Physician Champions

by Mark Belanger of MAeHC

For nearly two decades, EHR implementation efforts at healthcare organizations big and small have included the “physician champion.” This is the bold and trusted ambassador who has embraced modern technology and who will lead the...

NY Gov. Awards $6M for Upgrades to Health IT, EHR Systems

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Some healthcare providers in New York are about to receive a financial boost to upgrade its health IT infrastructure, including updating EHR systems. According to an official announcement on his website, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo...

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...

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