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Small, Rural, Specialty Ambulatory Practices Lacking in EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Small, rural, and specialty ambulatory care practices are less likely to engage in advanced EHR use, according to new research published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The study by Rumball-Smith et al. measured differences in...

Scribes Reduce EHR Use, Restore Joy of Practice for Physicians

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Sattler et al. found integrating scribes into primary care clinics can reduce administrative burden associated with EHR use, improve levels of physician satisfaction, and allow for higher quality care. Beginning in 2015, researchers...

Indiana Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Tied to Medicaid Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill recently filed a request to dismiss a lawsuit brought against 62 Indiana hospitals for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme involving the release of patient EHRs to meet meaningful...

EHR Use, Administrative Burden Accelerating Physician Burnout

by Kate Monica

In response to a new study about high levels of physician burnout among family physicians, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center family physician Donald O. Mack, MD, suggested the recent transition to a value-based care system and increased...

Epic, DaVita Partner to Develop Chronic Kidney Disease EHR System

by Kate Monica

Epic will partner with DaVita Physician Solutions to improve capabilities within DaVita’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) EHR system offering. Effective chronic disease management is especially critical for CKD patients given the importance...

275 Adventist Health Jobs Transition to Cerner for Partnership

by Kate Monica

Adventist Health will transition about 275 jobs from its headquarters in Roseville, California to Cerner Corporation. Approximately 190 of these jobs will become health IT positions. The other 85 positions will transition to revenue processing....

Jones Memorial Recovers From EHR Downtime Due to Cyberattack

by Kate Monica

Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) officials recently announced its systems are back online after a period of EHR downtime lasting about two weeks. A cyberattack at the Wellsville hospital forced staff to temporarily revert to manually entering patient...

Green Mountain Care Board Approves $151.7M Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has approved a $151.7-million Epic implementation at four hospital affiliates of the University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network. The Epic implementation is an effort to enhance patient care delivery and care...

Mercy Partners with GoHealth Urgent Care, Extends Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Mercy recently partnered with GoHealth Urgent Care to create a network of 30 co-branded urgent care centers across the Midwest operating on a single, unified Epic EHR system. The partnership will improve patient care delivery and health data...

Henry Ford Health System Recovers From EHR Downtime Episode

by Kate Monica

Henry Ford Health System in Michigan recently resolved a power outage that resulted in a period of EHR downtime and some minor delays in patient care. “All computer applications affected by today’s power issue at our data center are...

AHRQ Challenge to Enable EHR Integration of Patient Reported Data

by Kate Monica

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently announced plans to launch a challenge competition in fall of 2018 to develop health IT capable of enabling EHR integration of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data. The competition...

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 interstate...

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 introduces...

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 eliminates the...

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 Buffalo...

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 of January...

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 their...

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 Michele...

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 clinical efficiency...

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 2017...

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