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How Google, Microsoft, Apple Are Impacting EHR Use in Healthcare

June 15, 2018 - Large technology companies are likely going to continue to affect EHR use in healthcare, especially as they file healthcare patents and develop innovative ways to improve patient care. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are just three of the increasingly key players in healthcare, a recent Kalorama report noted, with the three companies filing over 300 healthcare patents combined between 2013 and...


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4 Key Areas to Watch in Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

Technology is ever-evolving, and with that evolution comes an increasing amount of data. Healthcare interoperability is a way for organizations to utilize information and ensure that patients can receive proper care, even if they move from one...

Most Clinical Trial Participants Support Health Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of clinical trial participants approve of health data sharing among researchers as long as the appropriate safeguards are in place, according to new findings in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Despite the high number...

Additional EHR System Features, Interoperability Top 2018 Trends

by Elizabeth Snell

There are five key areas that EHR vendors should focus on for the rest of the year to stay competitive, including focusing on specific EHR system features, the continued push for interoperability, and patient engagement needs, according to a...

Stronger Patient Data Access Improves Overall Care Process

by Elizabeth Snell

With technology continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, working towards more seamless healthcare interoperability remains a top priority for healthcare organizations. Having a stronger patient data access process is often hailed as a way to improve...

Patient Data Access Next Step in Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for nationwide healthcare interoperability has been fueled by organizations integrating EHRs and working toward as smooth of a transition as possible into the digital era. Now that the technological aspect is there, it is becoming increasingly...

EHR Patient Data Access Remains Expensive, Challenging for Some

by Kate Monica

While regulators and patient advocacy groups alike have been pushing for improved EHR patient data access in recent months, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found some patients still run up against hefty fees or reluctant providers...

2018 VA MISSION Act to Improve Health Data Exchange for Veterans

by Kate Monica

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently passed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) of 2018, which includes policies designed to improve health data exchange at VA care sites to enable...

Duplicate Patient Medical Records Stem from Lagging MPI Process

by Elizabeth Snell

Discrepancies with duplicate patient medical records are often because of a healthcare organization’s lack of data standardization, specifically with the Master Patient Index (MPI) record process, according to a study published in...

EHR Interoperability Issues Plague 36% of Medical Record Admins

by Elizabeth Snell

There has been small improvement in medical record administrators being able to exchange patient health records with other providers, with 36 percent stating they have EHR interoperability issues with that task, according to recent Black Book...

50% of Physicians Want Better Access to Patient Data in EHR Use

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations may need to address physicians’ EHR use and how easily they have access to patient data if a recent Surescripts survey is any indication. Half of the 300 US physicians surveyed said they are very or extremely satisfied...

Waverly Health Center Switches to eClinicalWorks EHR from Paragon

by Elizabeth Snell

Iowa-based Waverly Health Center is switching from the Paragon Inpatient EHR system to eClinicalWorks’ Acute Care EHR and Revenue Cycle Management platform. The eClinicalWorks EHR is expected to reduce overall implementation costs...

Duplicate Patient EHRs Cost Hospitals $1,950 Per Inpatient Stay

by Kate Monica

Duplicate patient EHRs cost hospitals an average of $1,950 per patient per inpatient stay, according to a 2018 Black Book survey about the use and value of enterprise master patient index (EMPI) solutions. Black Book researchers surveyed 1,392...

New ONC Guide Supports MyHealthEData, EHR Patient Data Access

by Kate Monica

ONC recently released a new online resource titled “ONC Guide to Getting and Using your Health Records” intended to assist patients and caregivers in more easily accessing EHR patient data per provisions of the 21st Century Cures...

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

by Kate Monica

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,...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Should Prove Positively Disruptive

by Kate Monica

Apple’s work to give patients at 13 large health systems access to their health records via a new iOS EHR patient data viewer should open the door to a multiplicity of new ways to leverage data, claim two prominent subject-matter experts...

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...

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