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EHR Use Satisfaction Higher at EMRAM Stage 7 Health Systems

February 14, 2019 - Physicians at healthcare organizations that have achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS electronic medical record adoption model (EMRAM) maturity model report higher levels of EHR use satisfaction, according to a recent KLAS report. In collaboration with HIMSS Analytics, KLAS researchers used publicly reported data on 23,309 physicians from 248 hospitals that have achieved EMRAM Stage 6 and...


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Boosting Quality Outcomes with EHRs, Health IT Remains Top Priority

by Kate Monica

Improving quality outcomes using EHR systems and other health IT is a top priority among healthcare executives, according to the 2019 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey. In addition to boosting quality outcomes, achieving high levels...

AHA Says ONC, CMS Need to ‘Rethink’ EHR Documentation Rules

by Fred Donovan

The American Hospital Association (AHA) wants ONC and CMS to “rethink” EHR documentation requirements and evaluate whether certain requirements should be eliminated rather than modified to make documentation more efficient...

EHR Association Voices Support for HHS Clinician Burnout Strategy

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the EHR Association (EHRA) commended the majority of recommendations proposed in the federal agency’s draft strategy designed to reduce clinician burnout related to EHR use. “As...

Bipartisan Policy Center Promotes EHR Use in Mental Healthcare

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently recommended policymakers encourage or require mental healthcare providers to adopt EHR systems in a January report detailing opportunities to integrate clinical and mental healthcare. The Washington,...

Canada Hospital Enters EHR Downtime After Discovering Computer Virus

by Kate Monica

Health Sciences North (HSN) and 20 other hospitals across Ontario, Canada recently entered into a period of EHR downtime following the discovery of a computer virus affecting the hospitals’ MEDITECH EHR system. HSN officials...

Change, Experian Health Partner on Identity Management Platform

by Jessica Davis

Experian Health and Change Healthcare announced they’re working together on new technology that will be capable of accurately identifying patients across the healthcare sector. The two tech vendors are building an identity...

Banner Health Recovered From EHR Downtime Following Network Outage

by Kate Monica

Banner Health recently recovered from a computer outage resulting in a sustained period of EHR downtime. A nationwide outage affecting Verizon Wireless and CenturyLink impacted Banner Health’s internet and phone...

EHR Use Helps to Reduce Hospital Readmissions, Length of Stays

by Kate Monica

The ongoing debate over whether EHR use improves or impedes patient care has persisted for nearly ten years. While the technology is unpopular among many of its users, a recent study by Wani et al. offers evidence to suggest the...

Michigan State Police Request Access to State PDMP Data

by Kate Monica

Michigan State Police are requesting that lawmakers grant them increased access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to leverage health data about controlled substance use to combat the opioid crisis, according...

EHR Data Helps Predict Survival for Patients With Circulatory Issue

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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