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EHR Data Helps Predict Survival for Patients With Circulatory Issue

December 12, 2018 - A group of researchers from Mayo Clinic used EHR-integrated risk calculators to predict survival rates for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using EHR data. The study demonstrating the effectiveness of EHR-integrated risk calculators was published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). As part of the study, researchers deployed a...


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Nearly 70% of Physicians Suffering Stress Related to Health IT Use

by Kate Monica

Almost 70 percent of physicians who use EHR technology during patient care delivery have experienced stress as a result of the demands of health IT use, according to a recent JAMIA study. Health IT-related stress can contribute to...

DHMC Working With Epic EHR, NIH to Research, Improve Cancer Care

by Kate Monica

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is one of six health systems sharing a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage Epic EHR for research into improving cancer care. NIH and the Beau Biden Cancer...

Health Data Exchange Helps Identify Disparities in Hypertension Care

by Kate Monica

Health data exchange may help to enable healthcare organizations to identify common disparities in hypertension care across facilities for better-informed quality improvement efforts and more effective practice-based interventions. This...

Simplifying Clinical Documentation to Cut Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

Hawaii Pacific Health is working to prevent physician burnout and reduce administrative burden on providers by cutting out the aspects of clinical documentation and EHR use that clinicians find least useful. In a recent New England...

AMA Offers Guidance for EHR Vendor Selection in New Playbook

by Kate Monica

A new Digital Health Implementation Playbook from AMA offers providers recommendations for navigating each phase of the health IT implementation process, including EHR vendor selection. The guidance outlines key steps, best practices, and...

Pew, KLAS Suggest EHR Reporting Program Promote Safety, EHR Training

by Kate Monica

Pew Charitable Trusts and the Arch Collaborative — a KLAS-affiliated initiative comprising 5,000 providers — recently recommended the EHR Reporting Program include criteria centered on safety-related usability and EHR training,...

Most Providers Look to EHR Vendors to Address Opioid Management

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of healthcare organizations expect their EHR vendors to assist in addressing the opioid crisis, according to a new KLAS report. KLAS interviewed 117 clinical and managerial executives from healthcare organizations of...

Two Non-Profit Health Systems Launching EHR Implementations

by Kate Monica

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...

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....

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