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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...

Solo Practitioner Not Using EHR System Denied License Reissue

by Kate Monica

A New Hampshire judge has denied a request from solo practitioner family physician Anna M. Konopka, MD to regain her medical license in part because of her decision to practice without an EHR system. The octogenarian was forced to stop seeing...

Epic EHR Best Supports Success in Meaningful Use Performance

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Holmgren et al. found Epic EHR was associated with significantly higher performance in five of six Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, beating out Cerner, Allscripts, MEDITECH, and other top health IT companies. Researchers...

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

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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