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Two Non-Profit Health Systems Launching EHR Implementations

October 16, 2018 - Tennessee-based Maury Regional Health and Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH) in California are each launching new EHR implementations this fall. NVIH went live with eClinicalWorks cloud-based EHR system across clinics throughout Northern California in October. The new EHR system is designed to boost provider communication, care coordination, and health data exchange between NVIH...


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athenahealth Acquisition Final Bid Includes 5 Potential Buyers

by Kate Monica

Five interested buyers will potentially participate in a final bid for an athenahealth acquisition by the end of October, according to the Boston Globe. The auction for the Massachussetts-based health IT company is nearing an end, sources...

Surescripts Sees 40% Increase in Health Data Exchange Users

by Kate Monica

The user base of Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange service has grown by more than 40 percent since 2017, representing a surge in the number of healthcare providers engaging in health data exchange over the past year. This increase...

Mayo Clinic Completes $1.5B Epic EHR Implementation Project

by Kate Monica

After years of preparation and work, Mayo Clinic has completed a $1.5 billion system-wide Epic EHR implementation project across all care sites. The health system announced the implementation project’s completion over the weekend...

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...

Patient Matching Strategy Should Leverage Smartphones, Biometrics

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders should entrust a single organization to oversee a nationwide patient matching strategy that involves using smartphones and biometrics to accurately pair patients with their EHRs, according to a new report from Pew Charitable...

61% of Physicians Say EHR Systems Reduce Clinical Efficiency

by Kate Monica

EHR systems continue to fall short of provider expectations and detract from the joys of practicing medicine, according to a recent national survey by The Doctors Company.  More than 3,400 physicians from 49 states and the District...

4 UPMC Pinnacle Hospitals Use Epic EHR to Achieve HIMSS Stage 6

by Kate Monica

Four hospitals part of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Pinnacle health system recently achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) using Epic EHR. UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, Lancaster,...

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...

Cerner EHR Implementation Will Go Live at Rural MO Health System

by Kate Monica

Missouri-based Pershing Health system will go live with a new integrated Cerner EHR implementation and revenue cycle management solution across its hospitals and clinics. The health system will leverage the Cerner CommunityWorks...

Health Information Exchanges in FL, CT Combatting Opioid Overuse

by Kate Monica

Providers across Florida and Connecticut are working to curb opioid overuse and opioid-related deaths by integrating prescription drug data into health information exchanges (HIEs) and encouraging providers to closely monitor patient...

EHR Tools Collecting Social Determinants of Health Data Need Work

by Kate Monica

Integrating social determinants of health (SDH) data into EHR systems may help providers address the economic and social risks that negatively affect patient health. However, a recent Annals of Family Medicine study by Gold et al....

CO Health System May Save $5M on Epic EHR Replacement Over 5 Years

by Kate Monica

Colorado-based Memorial Regional Health will invest in an Epic EHR replacement project as part of a decision to affiliate with SCL Health St. Mary’s Regional Health System, according to Craig Press. The Memorial Regional Health...

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 Implementation Launch Increases Labor Costs For 6 Months

by Kate Monica

While launching a new EHR implementation may help to reduce hospital spending in the long run, new research suggests labor costs may actually increase for up to six months after healthcare organizations go live with a new system. A...

11 Ways Medical Practices Can Get More Out of Their EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

A new Stanford University School of Medicine white paper informed by feedback from healthcare industry experts offers medical practices 11 recommendations for improving the effectiveness of their EHR systems. Stanford curated the...

How Providers Use Clinical Documentation Improvement Tools

by Kate Monica

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tools can help healthcare organizations accurately represent information about patient health events, clinical status, and office visits in EHRs as coded data. This coded data is used for quality...

Lack of EHR Interoperability, API Use Hinder Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

Almost a decade after healthcare organizations across the country began investing in EHR technology, problems with EHR interoperability still obstruct care coordination, health data exchange, and clinical efficiency. Consistent,...

Cerner EHR Implementation Goes Live at NE Medical Center

by Kate Monica

Regional West Health Services — the parent company of multi-specialty medical group Regional West Medical Center — went live with a new Cerner EHR implementation over the weekend to streamline health data access and care...

Certified EHR Technology at Center of Debate Over MIPS Updates

by Kate Monica

MGMA and AMIA hold differing opinions over CMS policies included in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that require eligible clinicians to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to fulfill reporting requirements...

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