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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...

Practice Fusion No Longer Offering Free EHR System Software

by Kate Monica

Practice Fusion is abandoning the business model that contributed to its popularity and will no longer offer free EHR software to physicians, according to a recent report by CNBC. The decision to charge physicians to use its EHR system...

EHR Adoption Unsuccessful in Reducing Administrative Costs

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption has not significantly reduced administrative costs related to billing and insurance activities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at Duke University and...

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Achieves HIMSS Stage 7 with Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Missouri-based Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently achieved HIMSS Stage 7 certification for advanced use of its Epic EHR system based on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The 859-bed facility is now among the top 6...

Patient EHR Data Contained in CT HIE to Aid in Suicide Prevention

by Kate Monica

Connecticut’s state health information exchange (HIE) — CTHealthLink — will assist in an effort to leverage patient EHR data for improved suicide prevention, according to ShoreLine Times. The HIE will provide centralized...

CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation...

Poor Staff Training Contributed to Trying Cerner Implementation

by Kate Monica

Workarounds, poor staff training, and problems with system stabilization and revenue cycle management were the primary causes of complications during a Cerner implementation at Medical Center Health System (MCHS). MCHS President and CEO...

Problems with Cerner EHR Replacement Persist at Banner Health

by Kate Monica

Problems with a 2017 Cerner EHR replacement at Banner Health’s Tucson hospitals and clinics have persisted into 2018, according to a report from Arizona Daily Star. The health system first began experiencing difficulties in October...

OH Medical Center EHR Data Repository Driving Perinatal Research

by Kate Monica

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have launched a regional data repository that integrates maternal, neonatal, and pediatric patient EHR data for perinatal research purposes, details on the official recent...

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