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eClinicalWorks Sued for Nearly $1B Due to Faulty Patient EHRs

November 17, 2017 - eClinicalWorks has been sued for nearly $1 billion in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence following claims an individual died of cancer due to faulty patient EHRs. Kristina Tot filed the class action lawsuit against eClinicalWorks after Stjepan Tot died of cancer. The complaint alleges Stjepan Tot was “unable to determine reliably when his first symptoms...


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Few Providers Satisfied with EHR System Success in QPP

by Kate Monica

On average, only 38 percent of providers are satisfied with their EHR systems’ ability to meet the requirements of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to the State of QPP Preparedness Industry Report. Conducted by Porter Research...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Hurt the Small Specialty Practice

by Kate Monica

Federal reporting requirements such as meaningful use have notoriously put a strain on healthcare organizations since the implementation of the HITECH Act of 2009, clouding the potential benefits of EHR technology with burdensome regulations...

AMA CEO Outlines Problems with EHR Use, Clinical Data

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders should turn their focus to organizing and presenting EHR data in a meaningful way to allow for more efficient patient care delivery, according to American Medical Association (AMA) Executive Vice President & CEO James Madara,...

Trump Administration Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

by Kate Monica

The Trump Administration recently announced it has selected former Eli Lilly American Division President and former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) General Counsel Alex Azar to serve as the new HHS Secretary.  The nomination...

UC San Diego, Irvine Health to Share Single Epic EHR Platform

by Kate Monica

University of California (UC) San Diego Health and University of California Irvine (UCI) Health recently formed a strategic partnership to share a single Epic EHR platform. The academic health systems will share the Epic platform in an effort...

Post-Acute Care EHR Adoption, Health Data Exchange Lags Behind

by Kate Monica

Inpatient post-acute care organizations lag significantly behind other healthcare settings in EHR adoption and health data exchange, according to a recent Black Book survey of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Black Book surveyed...

Experts Advise How to Improve Health IT Use, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the nation’s strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts about the past, present, and future of health IT use....

Consumers Split on Role of EHR Use in Improving Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

Fifty-one percent of surveyed western New Yorkers believe EHR use improves patient safety, according to a recent survey by HEALTHeLINK. In September of 2017, the regional health information exchange (HIE) gathered responses from about 1,000 healthcare...

California Health System Launches $20M Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, California, recently went live with its $20 million Epic EHR implementation. The Epic EHR system will serve as a central database for the health system’s hospital, clinical, and home health divisions....

Most Healthcare Execs Doubt EHR Use Can Support Population Health

by Kate Monica

EHR systems do not yet have the necessary capabilities to support population health management and value-based care, according to a recent study published by Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI).  The study by...

1.3M Veterans Opt Into Health Data Exchange with Private Sector

by Kate Monica

More than 1.3 million veterans have opted in to allow the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to participate in health data exchange for improved care coordination with providers in the private sector. By allowing their health data to be accessible...

ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Selects 3 Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the three winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge. Winning submissions were selected from a pool of over 140 competing teams and nearly 7,000 algorithm submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. Algorithms were...

UVM Health Network Awaits Approval for $200M Epic EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network leadership recently testified before the Green Mountain Care Board in an effort to gain approval for a new Epic EHR replacement that may cost up to $200 million. The EHR replacement would upgrade systems...

Critical Access Hospitals Unlikely to Engage in Advanced EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, and Jay Holmgren at the University of Michigan found critical access hospitals (CAHs) are less likely than other hospitals to use EHR data for performance measurement and patient engagement. According...

MO HIE Connects to eHealth Exchange for Improved Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The University of Missouri (MU) Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange (HIE) recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange in an effort to enable improved interoperability with SSM Health. Patients receiving...

Major EHR Companies to Integrate New Surescripts Pharmacy Tool

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is now offering a real-time prescription benefit tool as well as an expanded prior authorization solutions integrated directly into physician EHR systems to assist with prescription decision-making processes. The health information...

Indiana Health System Goes Live with Epic EHR, Patient Portal

by Kate Monica

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Columbus Regional health system is based in Georgia. Indiana-based Columbus Regional Health system recently announced the launch of its Epic EHR implementation on November...

Vanderbilt Readies for $200M System-Wide Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is set to go live with its over $200 million Epic implementation at midnight on November 2. VUMC anticipates a period of about six to seven hours during which hospital staff will rely on “downtime”...

NJ Health Center Completes eClinicalWorks EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Center for Health Education Medicine & Dentistry (CHEMED) has successfully implemented its new eClinicalWorks EHR system complete with an electronic dental record and a behavioral health module. The cloud-based EHR solution will assist...

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