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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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