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VT Health Information Exchange Working to Reduce Duplicate EHRs

October 19, 2018 - After more than a year of financial and administrative problems, healthcare leaders running Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) have begun work to reduce duplicate patient EHRs within the HIE and optimize efficiency. Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) operates the exchange and has been ordered by the State of Vermont to fix its persistent problems, according to...


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Patients Overwhelmingly Support Unique Identifiers for EHR Matching

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of patients support the use of unique identifiers to improve patient EHR matching, according to new original research by Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization teamed up with Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research...

Two Parallel Health Information Exchanges Under Development in CT

by Kate Monica

There are currently two state-run efforts to build health information exchanges (HIEs) underway in Connecticut, according to CT Mirror. The state’s Health IT Advisory Council has been working to launch a statewide HIE since 2007....

14 Healthcare Stakeholders Launch EHR Patient Data Request Tool

by Kate Monica

Fourteen organizations including AHIMA, X4 Health, CareJourney, and CARIN Alliance recently launched a new health IT tool designed to offer users an easier way to request EHR patient data. A team of health IT developers and organizations...

EHR Patient Data from Rochester RHIO Fueled HPV Vaccine Study

by Kate Monica

Rochester RHIO is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assess the impact of HPV vaccinations by contributing EHR patient data to researchers. The CDC-sponsored project is spearheaded by the Center for Community...

Breaking Down How the Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Works

by Kate Monica

The Apple Health Records EHR data viewer released in 2018 has steadily grown in popularity over the past eight months, and industry leaders already expect the feature will make waves in health IT innovation, patient engagement, and...

Apple Health Record Participation Grows By 9 Hospitals, Clinics

by Kate Monica

Nine hospitals and clinics including locations part of the Baptist Health network in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois have signed on to allow patients to access EHR data through the Apple Health Records data viewer. In addition to Baptist...

NIST Offers Guidance for Securing Patient EHRs on Mobile Apps

by Kate Monica

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) detailed best practices for sharing, collecting, storing, or processing patient EHRs on mobile devices in new guidance intended to promote health data security. “Healthcare...

AK Hospitals Connect to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

by Kate Monica

Hospitals throughout Alaska recently connected to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through care collaboration network Collective Medical as part of an effort to enable safer prescribing practices. The...

Cass Regional Ransomware Attack Leads to MEDITECH EHR Downtime

by Elizabeth Snell

Cass Regional Medical Center experienced a ransomware attack on its information technology infrastructure on Monday, July 9, according to an online statement. As a precautionary measure, the hospital underwent EHR downtime until the attack...

Cleveland Clinic Joins Apple Health Records for EHR Patient Access

by Kate Monica

The Apple Health Records beta program continues to build momentum as Cleveland Clinic and 27 other hospitals sign on to improve EHR patient access by allowing patients to view their information through iOS devices. “A growing list...

AMIA Notes Health IT Safety Considerations to FDA in EHR Use

by Elizabeth Snell

There are key considerations within EHR use related to health IT safety, AMIA explained in response to FDA’s request for input on health IT benefits and risks associated with the software functions excluded from the 21st Century...

Behavioral Health System Launches Epic EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Service includes 50,000 providers.  Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services recently completed an Epic EHR implementation...

Focal Areas for Improving Patient Matching in Provider Settings

by Elizabeth Snell

Accurate patient identification is a critical aspect of healthcare, especially as healthcare organizations are implementing new EHRs and connecting to HIEs in the push toward nationwide interoperability. Patient matching issues can occur...

AHRQ Awards Patient-Reported Outcomes Contract to MedStar Health

by Elizabeth Snell

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded an 18-month contract to MedStar Health researchers for improving how patient-reported outcomes are collected and how that data is integrated into EHRs. Researchers can develop...

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR...

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

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

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...

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...

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...

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