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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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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 phenomenon...

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 study.  Ratwani...

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 resolving challenges...

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...

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 with scientists,...

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 Medicine....

ONC EHR Innovation Challenge to Streamline Safety Reporting

by Kate Monica

A new ONC EHR innovation challenge prompts health IT developers to create solutions that ease safety reporting for providers to reduce administrative burden and optimize EHR-related safety. Specifically, the Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge...

How Increasing EHR Adoption, HIE Use Fuels Healthcare Industry

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for nationwide interoperability, while still ensuring health IT usability, has quickly become a top initiative for healthcare organizations. Subsequently, increases in health information exchange (HIE) systems and EHR adoption have also...

Stigmatizing Language in Patient EHRs Influences Clinician Bias

by Elizabeth Snell

Stigmatizing language used in patient EHRs can potentially influence the attitudes of physicians-in-training with regard to patients, possibly impacting physicians’ medication prescribing behavior, according to research published in the...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Deemed Ineffective, Unsuitable

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) MHS GENESIS EHR system implementations at Initial Operating Capability (IOC) care sites across the Pacific Northwest are not operationally effective or suitable, according to a newly-released Initial...

Cerner EHR Ranked Highest for 3rd Year in Nursing EHR Satisfaction

by Elizabeth Snell

There has been a definite shift in nursing EHR satisfaction levels over the past few years, showing the perceived value in EHRs in delivering higher quality care, according to recent Black Book research. Cerner EHR received top rankings from...

Outdated Regulatory Requirements Key Physician Burnout Cause

by Elizabeth Snell

Regulatory reform allowing clinicians to cut down on their documentation requirements would improve accuracy, enable better use for research, and help cut down on overall physician burnout, according to recent research published in the Annals...

How Front-End Speech Recognition Adoption Impacts EHR Usability

by Elizabeth Snell

It was previously thought that widespread adoption of cloud-based front-end speech recognition systems would have helped solve certain EHR usability issues, according to KLAS research. However, more recent data shows that if an adopted tool does...

Physician Burnout Is a Problem at 83% of Healthcare Organizations

by Kate Monica

Eighty-three percent of clinicians, clinical leaders, and healthcare executives view physician burnout as a problem at their organizations, according to findings in a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst spring 2018 report about burnout...

EHR Systems Should Be Systems of Engagement, Not Recordkeeping

by Kate Monica

EHR systems need to be re-engineered as systems of engagement rather than systems of recordkeeping to yield real improvements in clinical efficiency. That was the sentiment of Persistent Systems Digital President Sudhir Kulkarni at the 2018 World...

PACS Integration Lowers EHR Access Times, Aids EHR Usage

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient context integration of a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) with an organization’s EHR can lower EHR access time for radiologists, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging. PACS integration...

Will Specializing EHR Interfaces Solve the EHR Usability Problem?

by Kate Monica

The arduous process of integrating EHR technology into doctors’ offices has introduced clinicians to a new world of complex daily challenges, and the present lack of EHR usability only serves to exacerbate the problem. Stakeholders are...

30% of Practices Look toward EHR Replacement Options by 2021

by Elizabeth Snell

Having cloud-based mobile solutions for on-demand data with actionable insight into financial performance is one of the top reasons healthcare practices may be considering an EHR replacement option, a recent Black Book survey found. Thirty percent...

ECRI Launches Health IT Use, Innovation Safety Initiative

by Kate Monica

The ECRI Institute recently launched the Insight Culture of Safety Assessment for Health IT Companies program aimed at promoting safety in health IT use, innovation, and implementation. The program is a joint effort between the ECRI...

EHR Usability Problems Likely Contribute to Patient Harm

by Kate Monica

EHR usability may contribute to possible incidents of patient harm, according to a new JAMA study. Keene et al. analyzed free-text patient safety reports from 2013 to 2016 retrieved from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority database. The...

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