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DirectTrust Advises New Administration on Sustaining EHR Use

by Sara Heath

EHR use has grown under the past two US presidents, and DirectTrust would like to see that continue under the next Presidential administration. To ensure that happens, DirectTrust submitted a list of four recommendations to President-elect Donald...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

EHR Data Helpful in Identifying Positive Drug Combinations

by Sara Heath

EHR data, alongside other sources of clinical information, can be effective in determining different drug interactions that can help improve lifespan in breast cancer patients, according to a recent study from Stanford Medicine. The study, published...

21st Century Cures Act Passes Senate, Awaits POTUS Approval

by Sara Heath

On Wednesday afternoon, the United State Senate voted in favor of the bill following an invocation of cloture on Monday in an 85-13 vote, pushing it to a decisive vote yesterday. Last week, the House also voted on the bill, passing it by an overwhelming...

Revised 21st Century Cures Act Targets Effective EHR Use

by Sara Heath

The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed...

MA Digital Health Council to Spark State Health IT Growth

by Sara Heath

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the state’s Digital Health Council during its first meeting last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Medical History and Innovation. An offshot of the state’s...

$1.2M Sutter Health Grant Uses EHR Data for Precision Medicine

by Sara Heath

Sutter Health network has received a $1.2 million grant from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to develop an app that will use both patient-reported and EHR data for multiple sclerosis patients, according to a press release....

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

Are the Proposed MACRA Rule, Implementation Plans Flawed?

by Sara Heath

The provisions in the looming MACRA rule may cause more problems than they are  worth, says Niam Yaraghi, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, in an op-ed published on the Health Affairs blog. “While...

Is EHR Usability Design Ethical for Behavioral Healthcare?

by Sara Heath

While EHR usability design is often centered on producing quality care outcomes, they may not be ideal for integrating the tools into behavioral healthcare. In many cases, EHR design may not be ethical for behavioral healthcare. In a recent article...

92% of Nurses Dissatisfied with EHR Technology, Health IT

by Sara Heath

Although EHR technology has improved patient safety and team-based healthcare, nurses still report negative opinions of the tools, according to a recent survey from the Adventist University of Health Sciences. The survey questioned nurses about...

Epic Systems Tops Cerner as Top-Used Physician EHR Vendor

by Sara Heath

Epic Systems continues reigns as the most widely used physician EHR system, followed far behind Cerner, according to the Medscape EHR Report 2016. The report, which surveyed 15,285 physicians from 25 different specialties, found that 28 percent...

Understanding Effect of EHR Usability on Clinical Workflows

by Sara Heath

Providers use EHRs to perform everyday clinical tasks, manage their workflows, and participate in federal incentive programs such as meaningful use. Because these tools have so many purposes, it is vital that they are navigable and easy-to-use....

EHR Use May Not be Adequate for Precision Medicine Research

by Sara Heath

Precision medicine research may not be making the process it once strive for, and EHR use could be one of the culprits. According to a recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, precision medicine research...

EHR Use Fuels Research, Interventions to Close Gaps in Care

by Sara Heath

EHR use is helping to drive research aimed at improving racial, socioeconomic, and geographic gaps in care. In a paper recently published in Health Affairs, researchers detail inequities in quality healthcare and discuss the methods by which...

3 Barriers Limiting EHR Data Use for Patient Safety Research

by Sara Heath

New research shows that EHR data use for clinical improvement and patient safety research comes with several challenges. In a recent case study of three different commercially-available EHRs, researchers identified three barriers to using EHR...

Understanding How EHR Use, Adoption Impacts Physicians

by Sara Heath

Since the 2009 passage of the HITECH Act and the start of meaningful use, EHR adoption has become widespread throughout the healthcare industry. Despite the near ubiquity of EHR use, provider opinion is split: some think EHRs are critical to...

Advanced EHR Use Shows Potential to Lower Patient Costs

by Sara Heath

Advanced EHR use may lead to significant per patient savings, showing promise for an eventual return on investment, shows a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study included a retrospective analysis of the National Inpatient...

EHR Adoption, Use Remain a Source of Frustration for Docs

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption is still seen as a win-some, lose-some situation, with users reporting many positives and negatives about the technology, shows a recent survey conducted by Physicians Practice. The survey, which included responses from 1,568 healthcare...

AMIA Challenges FDA over EHR Data Quality Claims

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is raising concerns over EHR data quality in current systems in comments on draft guidance issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of EHR data for clinical investigations....

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