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How EHR Use Enables Effective Responses to Public Health Crises

by Kate Monica

Last year, providers at hospitals and health systems across the country faced major care challenges when dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the northern California...

Call for EHR Companies to Provide No-Cost EHR System Updates

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS require that EHR vendors provide any new federally-mandated updates to EHR systems free of charge to avoid augmenting the financial burden of EHR system maintenance...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Should Prove Positively Disruptive

by Kate Monica

Apple’s work to give patients at 13 large health systems access to their health records via a new iOS EHR patient data viewer should open the door to a multiplicity of new ways to leverage data, claim two prominent subject-matter...

Mayo Clinic Cuts Cluttered EHR Data with AWARE EHR Interface

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic is using a new EHR interface powered by ambient intelligence applications to strip away excess EHR data and deliver meaningful information to clinicians for improved clinical decision-making.   Herasevich, MD, et al....

ONC to Maintain $60M Budget to Support 21st Century Cures Act

by Kate Monica

ONC will keep over $60 million in funding through September to help the agency continue its efforts to improve interoperability and carry out the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to an omnibus spending bill that passed the...

EHR Clinical Documentation Differs Between Nurses, Physicians

by Kate Monica

Physicians and nurses note very different concepts in EHR clinical documentation during patient visits, according to a recent study by researchers at the in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Boyd et al. conducted the study...

Could Goal-Directed EHR Functionality Optimize Health Outcomes?

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers should consider creating new EHR functionality that supports goal-directed healthcare rather than problem-oriented healthcare, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences...

VA Cerner Implementation Contract Balloons to $16 Billion

by Kate Monica

The price tag for the VA Cerner implementation contract has spiked by 60 percent, judging by testimony given at a recent House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. In her opening statement, House Military Construction and VA...

VA Expects Cerner Implementation Will Go More Smoothly Than DoD

by Kate Monica

VA anticipates the Cerner implementation will be less troublesome than the Department of Defense’s (DoD) MHS GENESIS implementation, according to testimony from VA Secretary David Shulkin given at a recent House Appropriations...

CT Hospital Patients Frustrated After Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Patients at Danbury Hospital have raised several complaints about scheduling problems, delays in care delivery, and difficulties obtaining medical services two weeks after Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) completed a Cerner EHR...

Health IT Use, Workarounds Among Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

by Kate Monica

EHR system workarounds, lack of health IT use safety, and problems with internal care coordination were named among the top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a report from ECRI Institute. ECRI...

Maximizing EHR Use of Problem Lists for Improved Health Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations, policymakers, and health IT developers can take steps to increase clinician EHR use of problem lists for improved health outcomes and clinical efficiency, according to researchers from the University of Utah...

ONC Declares Winning Solutions of Health IT Innovation Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the Phase 2 winners of its health data provenance challenge intended to spur health IT innovation. The federal agency launched the challenge in April 2017 to promote the development of solutions capable of improving...

Medsphere EHR Moves to Amazon to Cut EHR Implementation Costs

by Kate Monica

Medsphere has moved its CareVue EHR system offering to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ease the financial strain of EHR implementation for community hospitals by eliminating the need for local data centers. By making its EHR system more...

Allscripts Launches EHR-Integrated Lyft Transportation Service

by Kate Monica

Allscripts and Lyft recently partnered to launch an EHR-integrated Lyft application programming interface (API) allowing clinicians to order non-emergency transportation services for patients. Lyft will integrate its proprietary API into...

93 Percent of Hospitals Allow Online Patient Access to EHRs

by Kate Monica

Ninety-three percent of surveyed hospitals and health systems allow patient access to EHRs, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA analyzed data from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey Information...

South Carolina Health System Completes 4-Year Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

South Carolina-based Self Regional Healthcare recently completed an Epic implementation across all its hospitals and physician practices after four years of work on the project, according to Index-Journal. Self Memorial Hospital Emergency...

Cerner Implementation at MO Hospital Causing Billing Problems

by Kate Monica

Western Missouri Medical Center may soon experience hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as a result of billing problems associated with a Cerner implementation, according to Daily Star Journal. Western Missouri Medical Center Chief...

Healthcare Orgs Increasingly Value Information Governance

by Kate Monica

More healthcare organizations view information governance (IG) as a business imperative rather than a buzzword, according to a recent survey from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AHIMA presented these...

Family Physician EHR Use Outweighs Provider-Patient Interaction

by Kate Monica

Primary care physicians spend more time on EHR use than they spend interacting with patients face-to-face during clinic visits, according to a new study in Family Medicine. Young et al. conducted a cross-sectional, observational study of...

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