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EHR Usability Cause of Key Pain Points for Healthcare CIOs

October 22, 2014 - EHR adoption is increasing, but EHR usability remains a problem for end-users trying to enter and access data efficiently. Whereas EHR adoption continues to increase among healthcare organizations and providers, EHR usability remains a problem for end-users trying to enter and access data efficiently, according to a new Frost & Sullivan survey of healthcare CIOs. EHR users have often...


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PDMP Use More Burden, Less Blessing Without EHR Integration

by Kate Monica

Under pressure to stall the rising death toll associated with the opioid epidemic, CMS and state regulators have pushed the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to ensure healthcare providers understand a...

EHR System Transformation at Center of Penn Medicine Initiative

by Kate Monica

Penn Medicine recently launched an initiative intended to transform EHR systems into more interactive, intuitive tools to ease provider burden, improve patient health outcomes, and boost clinical efficiency. “We recognize that EHRs...

AMA Expanding EHR Training, Medical Education Consortium

by Kate Monica

The Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium launched by AMA in 2013 to promote EHR training, physician leadership, and other skills is so far yielding positive results, the association stated October 2. AMA and its 32 medical...

Specialized EHR Systems Help Docs Collect, Share Valuable Insight

by Kate Monica

Customizing or specializing EHR systems to meet the unique needs of providers in different specialties, care settings, and hospitals can prevent clinicians from spending a significant portion of their workday sifting through large amounts...

EHR Design, Interoperability Top List of Physician Pain Points

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR design and interoperability are primary causes of physician dissatisfaction, according to a September 2018 survey of America’s Physicians by the Physician’s Foundation. The Physician’s Foundation and...

How Improved Pediatric EHR Certification Boosts Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A team of researchers from Pew Charitable Trusts and MedStar recommended ONC develop more rigorous, specialized EHR usability and safety testing for pediatric EHR certification in a recent JAMA article. EHR vendors and healthcare...

Preparing AI-Powered Virtual Assistants to Improve EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR usability continue to counter the potential benefits of EHR systems and leave physicians, nurses, administrators, and patients by and large feeling dissatisfied and frustrated with the technology. While patient EHRs...

5 EHR Optimization Activities for Improving Clinical Efficiency

by Kate Monica

Clinical efficiency and provider satisfaction often suffer after hospitals and health systems go live with new EHR implementations. Disruptions to clinicians’ daily routines can sour providers and administrators against EHR...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Make Waves in Health IT Usability

by Kate Monica

With Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other large tech companies now committed to advancing healthcare interoperability, DirectTrust President and CEO Scott Stuewe anticipates the industry will soon benefit from significant improvements in...

Boosting EHR Usability, Safety Throughout the EHR Life Cycle

by Kate Monica

A new report from AMA, Pew Charitable Trusts, and MedStar Health outlines recommendations on how stakeholders can improve EHR usability and safety throughout the entire EHR life cycle, as well as criteria for rigorous safety tests. The...

ONC Issues Request for Information for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

ONC recently issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment about the EHR Reporting Program to inform the development and implementation of reporting criteria. The EHR Reporting Program mandates that EHR developers must...

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...

How to Boost Clinical Efficiency During Health IT Adoption

by Kate Monica

Introducing new technologies into physicians’ offices, emergency departments, and hospital rooms gives clinicians opportunities to optimize clinical efficiency, access accurate health data, and deliver high-quality patient care. But...

DirectTrust Appoints New CEO to Head Health Data Exchange Alliance

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust recently appointed DataFile Technologies Director of Strategy and Interoperability Scott Stuewe as the its new President and CEO to advance health data exchange among member organizations. Stuewe succeeds former DirectTrust...

5 Ways to Prevent Physician Burnout in the Age of the EHR System

by Kate Monica

Rates of EHR adoption and physician burnout have both steadily risen nationwide in recent years — and research shows that’s no coincidence. Healthcare CEOs in 2017 identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor to the...

Different EHR Implementation Strategies May Affect EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

The wide array of different approaches healthcare organizations take to EHR implementation projects may have a significant impact on EHR usability, clinical efficiency, task duration, and accuracy, according to a recent JAMIA...

Health IT Innovation Centered on the Physician-Patient Interface

by Kate Monica

Several efforts to put physicians and patients at the center of health IT innovation are currently underway at AMA. Speaking at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, detailed the association’s approach to...

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...

NIH Strategic Plan Promotes Health IT Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a strategic plan intended to inform data science that highlights the need for health IT usability and interoperability for enabling biomedical research. She has NIH collaborated...

40% of Physicians See More EHR Challenges than Benefits

by Elizabeth Snell

Over half – 59 percent – of primary care physicians (PCPs) think that EHRs should be completely overhauled, with 40 percent stating that there are more EHR challenges than benefits, according to recent research from Stanford...

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