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HIMSS, Health IT Now Weigh In On CMS Opioid Crisis Guidance

June 19, 2018 - Healthcare industry stakeholders have mixed opinions about recent CMS guidance advising ways states can leverage health IT and EHR technology to address the opioid crisis. A June 11 letter from CMS provided guidance to states about funding authorities that can support health IT, EHR technology, and health data exchange to curb instances of opioid misuse. The federal agency encouraged states...


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What are Potential Benefits, Challenges of HIE Use?

by Elizabeth Snell

Health information exchange (HIE) will be critical for improving interoperability, especially as technology continues to evolve and the options for transferring and receiving information increase. Along with having the necessary tools for HIE...

athenahealth Mobile App Offers Clinicians Drug Therapy Resources

by Kate Monica

Therapeutic Research Center (TRC) recently partnered with athenahealth to provide clinicians and users of athenahealth’s Epocrates mobile app with medication therapy clinical resources and advisory articles for better-informed clinical...

Google Expands EHR Project Leveraging AI, Voice Recognition

by Kate Monica

Google is looking to expand an early-stage EHR project part of the Google Brain healthcare group that will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and voice recognition software to streamline clinical documentation and EHR use for providers, according...

How Google, Microsoft, Apple Are Impacting EHR Use in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Large technology companies are likely going to continue to affect EHR use in healthcare, especially as they file healthcare patents and develop innovative ways to improve patient care. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are just three of the increasingly...

AMA Adopts Policy to Expand EHR Use Training in Med Schools

by Kate Monica

AMA recently adopted a new policy to promote EHR use training in medical schools as part of an effort to reduce administrative burden associated with clinical documentation and ensure future physicians are adequately prepared to enter a digitized...

3 Things to Remember During the EHR Implementation Process

by Elizabeth Snell

Whether a provider is looking to undergo its first EHR implementation process or is looking for replacement options, putting a new system into an organization takes careful consideration. Each healthcare organization is different and will have...

Bill Promoting Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes House

by Kate Monica

The House of Representatives recently passed 25 bills aimed at combating the opioid crisis, including one piece of legislation that establishes a demonstration program to test federal incentive payments for behavioral health EHR adoption. “Individually,...

Harnessing Effective EHR Use for Improved Patient Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving EHR use can help reduce physician burnout and strengthen the patient care process. When healthcare providers understand how to best leverage new technologies and are able to adopt and implement an integrated EHR system, both patients...

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....

Health Systems in Two States to Launch Epic EHR Implementations

by Kate Monica

Boulder Community Health (BCH) in Colorado and Oklahoma-based Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee each announced plans to launch Epic EHR implementations in an effort to improve care coordination and enable well-informed clinical decision-making...

GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

by Kate Monica

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s progress in...

OCHIN Partnership to Improve EHR Use for Epic, NextGen Users

by Kate Monica

Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN) will integrate electronic consultation services (eConsult) into its Epic and NextGen EHR systems in an effort to streamline EHR use for providers and enable single sign on capabilities. OCHIN...

Epic EHR Implementation Contributes to Drop in Income at VUMC

by Kate Monica

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) reported lower operating income in fiscal year 2018 compared to the same time last year in part because of the health system’s $214 million Epic EHR implementation launch, health system officials...

North Carolina Health System to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

North Carolina-based Columbus Regional Healthcare System (CRHS) recently announced it will soon begin a Cerner EHR implementation project to boost care coordination across its acute and ambulatory care facilities. CRHS will also implement Cerner’s...

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...

System-wide Epic EHR Downtime Affects 24 Sutter Health Hospitals

by Kate Monica

Sutter Health is in a period of EHR downtime affecting its Epic EHR and all internal communications across its 24 hospitals, according to The Press Democrat.  The system-wide network outage occurred at about 10:30 PM on May 14. The activation...

EHR Patient Data Access Remains Expensive, Challenging for Some

by Kate Monica

While regulators and patient advocacy groups alike have been pushing for improved EHR patient data access in recent months, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found some patients still run up against hefty fees or reluctant providers...

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...

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