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SHIEC Patient Centered Data Health Information Exchange Goes Live

by Kate Monica

The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently announced the nationwide launch of health information exchange model Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH). PCDH is a health data exchange system with a focus on...

4 Ways to Reduce EHR Use-Related Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

Most healthcare providers, patients, and industry stakeholders agree EHR technology has the potential to yield marked improvements in population health management, predictive medicine, and clinical decision-making. However, EHR use also...

CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Data Submission System

by Kate Monica

Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can now use a new system to submit 2017 performance data, CMS announced midweek The data submission system is available on the CMS QPP website. The new system...

Cyberattack Leads to MEDITECH EHR Downtime in Western New York

by Kate Monica

A recent cyberattack has led to EHR downtime approaching one week at Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) in Wellsville, New York. Patient health records and email have been inaccessible to all providers at the hospital, according to a report by...

Eligible Hospitals Must Use QNet for Meaningful Use Attestation

by Kate Monica

CMS recently issued a reminder that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs must use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations in 2018. “As...

6 EHR Implementations, Go-Lives Slated for Completion in 2018

by Kate Monica

In 2017, several hospitals and health systems signed EHR implementation deals with large enterprise health IT companies — some clocking in at over $1 billion — as these healthcare organizations undergo EHR replacements. Whether...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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