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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 complained...


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UVA Researchers Recommend Using EHRs for Reduced Medical Testing

by Kate Monica

Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and other universities have developed a plan to cut unnecessary medical testing in an effort to save money and improve patient safety, satisfaction, and health outcomes in part by...

Epic Named Best EDIS Enterprise Vendor in Overall Satisfaction

by Kate Monica

The September 2017 KLAS report for emergency department information system (EDIS) usability showed provider leadership at organizations using Epic EHR have significantly higher rates of overall satisfaction than those using other enterprise...

Ophthalmologists Spend 27 Percent of Patient Visits on EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology found ophthalmologists spend 27 percent of a typical patient encounter on EHR use, suggesting a need for EHR usability improvements. The study by Read-Brown...

Team-Based Model Key to Achieving the Quadruple Aim at Reliant

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The key to success in value-based care is sharing the workload, claims the head of Reliant Medical Group and featured keynote of the second annual Value-Based Care Summit in Boston.  “One of the things we know need to solve for and...

How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process

by Kate Monica

Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has...

Effective HIE Use, Federal Incentives May Save Medicare Billions

by Kate Monica

A new study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame found health information exchanges (HIEs) could save Medicare billions, reducing healthcare spending by more than $3 billion a year. The study by Idris Adjerid, Julia Adler-Milstein,...

Primary Care Doctors Spending 6 Hours Daily on EHR Data Entry

by Kate Monica

A new study by the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association (AMA) found primary care physicians spend almost six hours on EHR data entry during a typical 11.4 hour workday. Research by Arndt et al. published in the Annals...

Regenstrief to Develop Automated Patient EHR Matching Solution

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) recently began work to develop an automated patient EHR matching solution, using a new $1.7 million grant.* Editor's note: A previous version of this article...

Top 3 Most Significant Challenges for EHR Optimization Success

by Kate Monica

Costly, labor-intensive EHR implementation projects require a full-court press from all hospital staff and health IT experts involved. However, the process of refining and streamlining an EHR system to maintain a level of provider satisfaction...

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

DirectTrust Backs ONC Focus on EHR Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD recently released a statement commending plans discussed during the ONC press conference to focus on improving EHR usability and interoperability in health IT. “I find the attitude and direction ONC is taking...

How ONC Will Spur EHR Usability, Interoperability Improvements

by Kate Monica

In a press conference yesterday, ONC officials appointed by the Trump Administration cited EHR usability improvements and interoperability as the agency’s top priorities moving forward. EHR Usability To tackle the EHR usability problem,...

Interoperability, Usability, Outcomes to Drive Health IT Changes

by Kate Monica

A recent post by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, addressed the trajectory of health IT in the age of value-based care and stated health IT interoperability and usability and patient outcomes will push the industry...

EHR Use Shown to Negatively Impact Patient-Provider Relationship

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Pelland et al. found that while EHR use may reduce medical errors, the technology is also shown to complicate the patient-provider relationship. Researchers at Brown University performed a qualitative analysis of comments submitted...

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...

How Providers, Developers Can Collaborate for EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect...

Study Reveals Prevalence of Copy-Paste in EHR Clinical Data

by Kate Monica

Providers may be heightening the risk of patient harm by entering repetitive and inaccurate EHR clinical data into physician notes. A recent study by Wang et al. used a new Epic EHR update allowing users to identify the provenance of data in...

EHR Technology a Key Contributor to Physician Burnout

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of top healthcare CEOs is calling on their colleagues across the healthcare industry to address physician burnout as a public health crisis and identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor. “The spike in reported burnout...

Updated ONC SAFER Guides Encourage EHR Usability, Safety

by Kate Monica

ONC has added updated ONC SAFER Guides to its Health IT Playbook in an effort to help providers improve EHR usability and safety at their practices. The ONC SAFER Guides were designed to help providers ensure patient safety when utilizing new,...

Epic Systems, Cerner Among 8 Health IT Companies Recognized by EHRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the trade association announced that Epic Systems, Cerner Corporation, six other health IT companies had agreed to move to Version 2 of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct. Validations tied to the first version, introduced back...

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