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Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

April 20, 2017 - The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IU) and the Regenstrief Institute developed the platform as part of AMA’s initiative to create a more EHR-literate medical community. Through this...


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Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IU)...

New Policy Should Accomodate Physician EHR Documentation Demands

by Kate Monica

A recent study of physician EHR documentation activities under fee-for-service reimbursement shows that physicians spent less time with patients than anticipated by federal incentive payment programs. Tai-Seale et al. analyzed EHR data and found...

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,...

Patient-Generated EHR Data Aids Communication with Providers

by Kate Monica

A safety-net clinic pilot demonstrated the benefits of patient-provider collaboration in EHR technology to patient-provider communication in the exam room. A new study found patient-entered electronic visit agendas between patients and providers...

GAO Calls on HHS to Better Encourage Patient EHR Access

by Kate Monica

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reevaluate the effectiveness of its attempts to promote patient EHR access and EHR data use after finding few patients regularly access...

EHR Data Management Tops ECRI List of Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently published their 2017 Top 10 Patient Concerns for Healthcare Organizations using findings acquired through the institute’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) event data, input from healthcare provider organizations,...

Patient, Provider Disagreement Re-emerges in Health Reporting

by Kate Monica

A new study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found patient-reported self-assessments and provider-reported assessments of patient health rarely align. The study by Elder et al. aimed to gain insight into how often...

GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Post-Acute EHR Use Plans

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued recommendations for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve EHR use and health data exchange in post-acute care settings. Despite the federal agency’s...

EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

by Kate Monica

Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR...

CIOs Set to Channel Future Spending Toward EHR Optimization

by Kate Monica

The industry-wide push for EHR adoption led to hasty EHR implementations which in turn have healthcare CIOs focused on EHR optimization efforts. According to a KPMG poll of more than a hundred College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME)...

NIST Warns of Copy and Paste Threats to EHR Data Integrity

by Kate Monica

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published findings from an EHR usability study of copying and pasting clinical documentation which does not bode well for patient safety. “‘Copy and paste’ functionality...

Study Raises Doubts about Clinical Documentation Accuracy

by Kate Monica

Researchers at the University of Michigan sought to investigate whether patient-reported eye symptoms were recorded as part of clinical documentation in EHR systems. As part of a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, Valikodath et al. compared...

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...

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