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Success of Value-based Care Depends on Clinician Data Access

January 19, 2017 - The old guard is making way for the new at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The heads of the two federal agencies are stepping down but not before offering advice to their successors for improving clinician access and use of health data to improve care coordination and quality. In a recent...


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Success of Value-based Care Depends on Clinician Data Access

by Kate Monica

The old guard is making way for the new at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The heads of the two federal agencies are stepping down but not...

Recent Study Identifies How EHR Use Could Increase Spending

by Kate Monica

A recent study of physician EHR use found that the technology could be responsible for increasing spending in a hospital setting. Since EHR technology has the potential to benefit the healthcare system overall, the healthcare industry has...

Patients Harbor Little Concern for EHR Security Events

by Sara Heath

EHRs have become a ubiquitous fixture in doctor’s offices and hospitals nationwide, with adoption levels reaching nearly 90 percent. With that surge comes an increase in EHR security events during which patient data may be put at risk for...

ONC Announces Provider EHR Use Experience Challenge Winners

by Kate Monica

A recent challenge for health technology organizations to create innovative tools to improve provider EHR use yielded several new applications aimed at improving accessible health data exchange. On Thursday, the Office of the National Coordinator...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017

by Sara Heath

Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care policies...

Safety Huddles Prove Useful to Ensuring EHR Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

The authors of a recent study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found regular 15-minute meetings by administrative, clinical, and IT staff can enable hospitals to identify and address EHR-related patient safety concerns....

Avoiding Financial Implications of Quality Payment Program

by Sara Heath

In these early days of the first performance year for the Quality Payment Program, healthcare professionals will need to develop a plan that leverages strong health IT use and health information exchange in order to avoid negative payment adjustments....

DirectTrust Advises New Administration on Sustaining EHR Use

by Sara Heath

EHR use has grown under the past two US presidents, and DirectTrust would like to see that continue under the next Presidential administration. To ensure that happens, DirectTrust submitted a list of four recommendations to President-elect Donald...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

EHR Data Helpful in Identifying Positive Drug Combinations

by Sara Heath

EHR data, alongside other sources of clinical information, can be effective in determining different drug interactions that can help improve lifespan in breast cancer patients, according to a recent study from Stanford Medicine. The study, published...

21st Century Cures Act Passes Senate, Awaits POTUS Approval

by Sara Heath

On Wednesday afternoon, the United State Senate voted in favor of the bill following an invocation of cloture on Monday in an 85-13 vote, pushing it to a decisive vote yesterday. Last week, the House also voted on the bill, passing it by an overwhelming...

Revised 21st Century Cures Act Targets Effective EHR Use

by Sara Heath

The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed...

MA Digital Health Council to Spark State Health IT Growth

by Sara Heath

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the state’s Digital Health Council during its first meeting last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Medical History and Innovation. An offshot of the state’s...

$1.2M Sutter Health Grant Uses EHR Data for Precision Medicine

by Sara Heath

Sutter Health network has received a $1.2 million grant from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to develop an app that will use both patient-reported and EHR data for multiple sclerosis patients, according to a press release....

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

Are the Proposed MACRA Rule, Implementation Plans Flawed?

by Sara Heath

The provisions in the looming MACRA rule may cause more problems than they are  worth, says Niam Yaraghi, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, in an op-ed published on the Health Affairs blog. “While...

Is EHR Usability Design Ethical for Behavioral Healthcare?

by Sara Heath

While EHR usability design is often centered on producing quality care outcomes, they may not be ideal for integrating the tools into behavioral healthcare. In many cases, EHR design may not be ethical for behavioral healthcare. In a recent article...

92% of Nurses Dissatisfied with EHR Technology, Health IT

by Sara Heath

Although EHR technology has improved patient safety and team-based healthcare, nurses still report negative opinions of the tools, according to a recent survey from the Adventist University of Health Sciences. The survey questioned nurses about...

Epic Systems Tops Cerner as Top-Used Physician EHR Vendor

by Sara Heath

Epic Systems continues reigns as the most widely used physician EHR system, followed far behind Cerner, according to the Medscape EHR Report 2016. The report, which surveyed 15,285 physicians from 25 different specialties, found that 28 percent...

Understanding Effect of EHR Usability on Clinical Workflows

by Sara Heath

Providers use EHRs to perform everyday clinical tasks, manage their workflows, and participate in federal incentive programs such as meaningful use. Because these tools have so many purposes, it is vital that they are navigable and easy-to-use....

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