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Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Now In Use at 39 Health Systems

April 2, 2018 - Apple recently announced 39 health systems have signed on to enable patient access to health data through the technology company’s Health Record EHR patient data viewer, according to a recent Apple newsroom blog post. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, and Cerner Healthe Clinic were among the first health systems to make the feature available...


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Biden Presses HHS on Information Blocking, EHR Patient Access

by Kate Monica

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently recommended that federal officials require providers to enable complete EHR patient access within 24 hours of a request in forthcoming information blocking regulations per the 21st Century Cures Act.  ...

MyHealthEData Initiative to Improve EHR Patient Data Access

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently announced a new initiative from the Trump Administration —  MyHealthEData — designed to improve EHR patient data access. According to an announcement from Verma during HIMSS18, the initiative...

93 Percent of Hospitals Allow Online Patient Access to EHRs

by Kate Monica

Ninety-three percent of surveyed hospitals and health systems allow patient access to EHRs, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA analyzed data from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement...

VT Health Information Exchange Improves Following Poor Review

by Kate Monica

Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) network has taken steps to improve operations and boost value for patients and providers in the months following a poor review, state officials recently told VTDigger. The Department of Vermont...

Alabama Community Hospital to Begin Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

After an EHR selection process spanning six months, Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) will begin a Cerner implementation to improve patient EHR access and streamline care coordination for providers at the Alabama hospital.  PCMC will...

Apple Debuts Patient-Centered EHRs With Health Records App

by Kate Monica

Apple recently launched its Health Records app to provide users with a comprehensive view of patient-centered EHRs on iOS devices. Health Records is available as an update through Apple’s existing Health app. The update allows patients...

Novant Health, Wake Forest Enter Epic MyChart Collaboration

by Kate Monica

Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina recently merged Epic MyChart accounts to ensure patients visiting either organization have access to their complete EHRs.  The collaboration called Happy Together went live on...

VA Proposed Rule to Improve Health Data Exchange Consent

by Kate Monica

A new VA proposed rule looks to streamline health data exchange of veteran EHRs by allowing health information exchanges (HIEs) to more easily obtain patient consent. The legislation would allow VA to amend current consent regulations so that...

Indiana Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Tied to Medicaid Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill recently filed a request to dismiss a lawsuit brought against 62 Indiana hospitals for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme involving the release of patient EHRs to meet meaningful...

Review Reveals Problems with Vermont Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) is suffering from consistent and significant financial and administrative problems, according to a recent review by HealthTech solutions. The exchange is operated by Vermont Information Technology...

62 Hospitals Sued for Overbilled Patient EHRs, Falsified Claims

by Kate Monica

Sixty-two Indiana hospitals are being sued in a federal civil lawsuit for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme by overbilling for the release of patient EHRs. Unsealed court documents revealed the hospitals allegedly...

1.3M Veterans Opt Into Health Data Exchange with Private Sector

by Kate Monica

More than 1.3 million veterans have opted in to allow the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to participate in health data exchange for improved care coordination with providers in the private sector. By allowing their health data to be accessible...

eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use

by Kate Monica

This week, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for both providers and patients. The health IT company today announced a new partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD allowing providers to use the...

Halamka: EHR 2.0 Will Improve Usability, Patient Satisfaction

by Kate Monica

A recent blog post by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, predicted EHRs are headed in a more patient-centric direction with a focus on improved usability. In part, Halamka attributed the upcoming shift in EHR design...

DE Health Information Exchange Improves EHR Patient Access

by Kate Monica

The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) recently began offering patients a tool allowing for easier access to patient health data shared between providers.  “When you provide transparency, you reduce the stress people feel when...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information exchange...

San Diego EMS Gains Access to EHR Data with ONC SAFR Model

by Kate Monica

An EMS organization in Orange County, CA has begun efforts to engage the recently published ONC Search, Alert, File, and Reconcile (SAFR) model for instant health information exchange that will grant access to patient EHR data at the scene of...

New NATE Member to Focus on Improving Patient EHR Data Access

by Kate Monica

The Health Record Banking Alliance (HRBA) became an association member of the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) to promote patient control over electronic health records earlier this week. Founded in 2006, the alliance is a non-profit...

AMIA Details Value-Based Care Health IT Infrastructure Needs

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has made 17 policy recommendations for promoting the development and adoption of health IT infrastructure capable of supporting the transition to value-based care in a new paper. The recommendations...

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