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EHR Use

Customer Loyalty to EHR Systems Declines to 75% in 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Loyalty to inpatient EHR vendors decreased from 81 percent to 75 percent in 2016, according to a recent Black Book Inpatient EHR survey. As the healthcare community seeks new innovations in EHR systems, cloud capabilities, and interoperability,...

HELP Committee Passes Bills Supporting 21st Century Cures Act

by Jacqueline Belliveau

To further support the 21st Century Cures Act, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) has recently passed the last of 19 bipartisan bills, including provisions that aim to promote EHR use and interoperability. The...

Unpredictable Physician Workflows Warrant Revised EHR Design

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A lack of a common physician workflow requires a re-evaluation of EHR design to support the unique interaction between providers and patients, according a recent study of primary care physicians and the tasks performed during patient encounters....

Senate HELP Committee to Hone EHR Use, Interoperability Laws

by Jacqueline Belliveau

On April 6, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) will meet in the third and final executive session to mark up five bipartisan biomedical innovation bills that advance interoperability, EHR use, and health information...

AHRQ Announces Health IT Research Funding Opportunities

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be sponsoring research projects geared toward bettering health information technology, according to a public statement. Specifically, the agency seeks to support research for improving...

MedStar Health Working to Fix Malware-Related EHR Downtime

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The health IT systems at MedStar Health are not completely back online following the EHR downtime caused by a ransomware attack earlier this week, the health system has revealed. In a series of official updates on its website, the health system...

Interoperability, EHR Use Among Hottest Health IT Topics

by Sara Heath

When keeping up with EHR and health IT news, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of hot-button topics. From different emerging federal incentive programs to new thoughts on how EHR data can or should be used, there is always something...

Ransomware Leads to EHR Downtime at DC-Area Health System

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: Cerner Corporation has commented on the ransomware attack. Many providers in the Capital Beltway found themselves working with paper records as a result of EHR downtime caused by a ransomware virus on the MedStar Health network, according...

Moving Beyond Healthcare Interoperability as a Buzzword

by Shana Tachikawa of Stoltenberg Consulting

Despite gaining notoriety as a 2015 most buzzed-about word, “interoperability” stands in the Health & Human Services (HHS) Interoperability Roadmap as the ultimate challenge to be met nationwide by 2024. As provider organizations...

Congressional Hearing to Investigate Health IT Progress

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to discuss the barriers and opportunities in health IT innovation. This a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits,...

AHIMA Seeks Patient Identifier Talks to Improve EHR Use

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently announced the launch of a petition to address the need for a “national voluntary patient safety identifier,” which would improve patient matching tools associated...

EHR Implementation Projects Impact EHR Optimization Efforts

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A hasty approach to EHR implementation presents healthcare organizations and providers now with opportunities for EHR optimization through a thorough, data-driven assessment of EHR technology already in place, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers...

4 Barriers Limiting EHR Use, Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite increases in physician EHR use over the past few years, four major barriers remain in the way of future advancements in health IT adoption. This is one of several takeaways from a recent report to Congress by the Office of the National...

Impact of Meaningful Use Requirements on Health IT Leadership

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new white paper by the AMIA Task Force credits the creation of the EHR Incentive Programs and meaningful use requirements with spurring demand for health IT leaders trained to keep pace with healthcare reform and health IT innovation. "Through...

Debating Role of EHR Use in Behavioral Health Integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While many inpatient and ambulatory care organizations and providers are maturing in their EHR use, their counterparts in behavioral health continue to lag behind in their use of the technology for documenting and coordinating care delivery....

ONC Tabs $625K for Health IT, EHR App Development Contests

by Sara Heath

A total of $625,000 is up for grabs in three new healthcare app and health IT developer contests, announced earlier this week by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The agency has begun three different contests for healthcare...

ECRI to Talk EHR Copy and Paste, Patient Safety at HIMSS 2016

by Sara Heath

Providers need guidelines with regard to copy and paste functions in EHRs to help protect patient safety, according to the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. The Partnership, which is a part of the ECRI Institute, will showcase its efforts...

Are Medical Residents Spending Too Much Time on EHR Use?

by Sara Heath

Internal medicine interns spend between five and seven hours per day on EHR use when caring for about 10 patients, research shows. In a study led by Lu Chen, MS, researchers looked at the large amount of time medical students spent navigating...

EHR Usability, Proficiency Increases with Physician Experience

by Sara Heath

EHR usability increases modestly with long-term use and more experience, according to a new study published in JMIR Human Factors. A research team led by Martina A. Clarke, PhD, examined physician EHR use and proficiency as they gained experience...

Summarizing New Streamlined Clinical Quality Measures at CMS

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, along with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and key industry stakeholders, it has streamlined clinical quality measures (CQM) reporting for...

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