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EHR Adoption Rises, User Satisfaction Falls for Ophthalmologists

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption among ophthalmologists nearly doubled between 2006 and 2016, but user satisfaction with financial and clinical productivity has declined, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.  A research team headed by Michele...

Collaborating for EHR Usability Improvements, Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts addressed how collaborating for EHR usability improvements can benefit patient care and safety. In the 32-page report, authors acknowledged that increased EHR use in healthcare has led to clinical efficiency...

EHR Integration Remains Top Priority for CHIME CIOs in 2018

by Kate Monica

Thirty-eight percent of CHIME CIOs named optimizing EHR integration with other hospital systems as a top priority heading into 2018, according to a recent Spok survey. Researchers collected survey responses from 46 CHIME CIOs in June of 2017...

Researchers to Benefit from Customizable Patient EHR Data Consent

by Kate Monica

A new JAMIA study found many patients have an interest in interactive electronic consent (e-consent) applications and want more detailed information about EHR data use in clinical research. Harle et al. conducted a series of 42 think-aloud interviews...

Cerner Protests $62M Epic EHR Implementation at UI Medical Center

by Kate Monica

Cerner recently filed a protest against the $62 million Epic EHR implementation contract awarded by the University of Illinois (UI) medical center, claiming the bidding process was unfair and potentially influenced by a conflict of interest....

Standardizing Adverse Drug Reaction Data in EHR Documentation

by Kate Monica

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) provides a means for improving EHR documentation of adverse drug reactions. “Well-developed documentation standards for EHR systems exist in some...

Cancer Practice to Pay $26M for False Meaningful Use Attestations

by Kate Monica

21st Century Oncology reached a settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that the healthcare organization submitted false or inflated meaningful use attestations. The $26 million settlement will also resolve separate allegations...

NJ Medical Group Starts Physician-Led Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched its statewide health information exchange (HIE) known as OneHealth New Jersey. The HIE will improve physician health data access and streamline communication between hospitals, physician...

Cerner, Epic EHR Implementations Rule Top 10 Stories of 2017

by Kate Monica

EHR implementations are one of the most costly, labor-intensive projects hospitals and health systems debate working into their budgets. With months of careful consideration informing most successful EHR selection processes, it’s no surprise...

KLAS Report Names Top 3 Best Practices for EHR Optimization

by Kate Monica

KLAS recently published a list of best practices for EHR optimization to reduce provider burden as part of a study conducted through its Arch Collaborative initiative. “The Arch Collaborative, in an effort to stem the tide of EMR-related...

AAPA EHR Toolkit Offers Best Practices for EHR Design, Usability

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recently released its EHR Toolkit to promote the use of EHR systems designed, selected, and implemented with functionality considerations specifically tailored for physician assistants (PAs)....

6 Use Cases for EHR Data Utilization in Public, Community Health

by Kate Monica

EHR data could allow for dramatic improvements in addressing community health challenges, according to a recent report released by the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers presented six use cases...

Steward Health System Expands MEDITECH EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Steward Health Care System recently announced eight of its hospitals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida will implement MEDITECH Web EHR by 2018. The health system has been a MEDITECH EHR user for 19 years. MEDITECH’s physician-designed...

Standardization Biggest Barrier to Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As one of the earliest adopters of health data exchange in its region, the Hattiesburg Clinic in Mississippi understands the importance of enabling healthcare interoperability to improve clinical efficiency and reduce provider frustrations. The...

Smart EHR Implementation Decisions Key to Usability Improvements

by Kate Monica

Encouraging healthcare organizations and health IT companies to make smarter decisions during the EHR implementation process is the oft-overlooked but vitally important key to enabling EHR usability improvements, according to experts convened...

Top 50 Most Popular Hospital Inpatient EHR Systems in US

by Kate Monica

The wide range of hospitals and clinics across care settings and specialties investing in EHR technology have fostered a healthy amount of diversity in the inpatient EHR market. Enterprise EHR vendors such as Epic and Cerner continue to dominate...

What Are the Top Hospital Ambulatory EHR Systems?

by Kate Monica

The ambulatory EHR market is crowded with a variety of product offerings from huge enterprise EHR vendors such as Cerner and Epic to smaller and specialty EHR companies including Pulse Systems and CPSI’s Healthland. Federal incentive programs...

Newly-Designed Physician EHR Notes May Improve EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Showing less data in physician EHR notes may produce more benefits for physician productivity, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). The study by Jeffery Beldon, MD et al. compared...

CVS Offering Prescription Benefit Information Through Surescripts

by Kate Monica

CVS Health pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) within CVS Caremark will now provide real-time, member-specific prescription benefit information and lower-cost therapeutic alternatives at the point of prescribing through Surescripts functionality....

62 Hospitals Sued for Overbilled Patient EHRs, Falsified Claims

by Kate Monica

Sixty-two Indiana hospitals are being sued in a federal civil lawsuit for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme by overbilling for the release of patient EHRs. Unsealed court documents revealed the hospitals allegedly...

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