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Outdated Regulatory Requirements Key Physician Burnout Cause

by Elizabeth Snell

Regulatory reform allowing clinicians to cut down on their documentation requirements would improve accuracy, enable better use for research, and help cut down on overall physician burnout, according to recent research published in the Annals...

North Dakota Statewide EMS Initiative Promotes EHR Use

by Kate Monica

The North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDHS) Division of Emergency Medical Systems is launching an initiative to allow emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to engage in EHR use during fast-paced patient transport. The state health...

Mayo Clinic Epic EHR Implementation Launch Running Smoothly

by Kate Monica

The recent Epic EHR implementation go-live at Mayo Clinic is so far running smoothly, Mayo Clinic clinicians told KTTC. The EHR system go-live at the health system’s Rochester, Minnesota care sites went live on May 5. Mayo Clinic’s...

Cerner EHR to Streamline Care at IN State Psychiatric Facilities

by Kate Monica

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will implement Cerner EHR and revenue cycle management solutions at six of its inpatient psychiatric facilities. The Cerner system will assist in streamlining clinical and administrative...

Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Will Have Immediate Impact

by Kate Monica

Health system executives at each of the 12 organizations that were early adopters of Apple Health Records predict that the EHR data viewer will have an immediate positive impact on patient engagement, interoperability, and health IT innovation,...

CMS Rural Health Strategy Plan Leverages Meaningful Measures

by Kate Monica

A newly-announced CMS Rural Health Strategy leverages the Meaningful Measures initiative to reduce administrative burden and avoid the unintended consequences of federal policy on rural providers. The Rural Health Strategy also aims to improve...

How Front-End Speech Recognition Adoption Impacts EHR Usability

by Elizabeth Snell

It was previously thought that widespread adoption of cloud-based front-end speech recognition systems would have helped solve certain EHR usability issues, according to KLAS research. However, more recent data shows that if an adopted tool does...

Mayo Clinic Prepares for Early Challenges During Epic EHR Go-Live

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic is making efforts to accommodate the inevitable period of adjustment that will follow its Epic EHR implementation go-live at Rochester care sites by enrolling staff members in rigorous training and cutting back on appointments, according...

Allscripts Acquires HealthGrid, Grows Patient Engagement Platform

by Kate Monica

Allscripts recently announced it has acquired mobile enterprise patient engagement solutions company HealthGrid Holding Company in an effort to further expand its FollowMyHealth patient engagement solution offerings. The health IT company plans...

Physician Burnout Is a Problem at 83% of Healthcare Organizations

by Kate Monica

Eighty-three percent of clinicians, clinical leaders, and healthcare executives view physician burnout as a problem at their organizations, according to findings in a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst spring 2018 report about burnout...

Trinity Health Selects Epic EHR, Rev Cycle Management System

by Kate Monica

Trinity Health recently announced plans to implement a single, integrated Epic EHR and revenue cycle management system enterprise-wide. The Epic EHR system will help to improve patient and provider satisfaction at all 94 hospitals part of the...

EHR Systems Should Be Systems of Engagement, Not Recordkeeping

by Kate Monica

EHR systems need to be re-engineered as systems of engagement rather than systems of recordkeeping to yield real improvements in clinical efficiency. That was the sentiment of Persistent Systems Digital President Sudhir Kulkarni at the 2018 World...

NIH Searching for Volunteers Nationwide to Contribute EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Individuals across the country ages 18 and older will soon have the opportunity to share EHR data with researchers and advance individualized precision medicine, treatment, and patient care delivery through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

PACS Integration Lowers EHR Access Times, Aids EHR Usage

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient context integration of a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) with an organization’s EHR can lower EHR access time for radiologists, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging. PACS integration...

Full ONC SAFER Guide Implementation Low, EHR Safety Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations looking to improve EHR safety and usability can look toward ONC SAFER Guides that were updated in 2017. However, a recent study found that adherence to recommended EHR safety practices is low, even with recommendations...

Epic EHR Implementation Hurt Earnings at Erlanger Health System

by Kate Monica

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System blamed its $100 million Epic EHR implementation for $4 million in losses over the last financial quarter, according to Times Free Press. After two years of preparation, Erlanger went live with...

Collaboration Can Aid EHR Use, Adoption in Behavioral Health Space

by Elizabeth Snell

Perceived ease of EHR use and perceived usefulness of the technology itself are driving factors toward EHR adoption with physicians in behavioral health, according to a recent study. However, there is still resistance to EHR adoption within behavioral...

MI Hospital Reduces EHR Use in ICU with Epic Telemedicine Tool

by Kate Monica

Michigan-based Beaumont Hospital is utilizing an EHR-integrated Epic telemedicine tool to present critical health data about ICU patients on monitors outside hospital rooms in an effort to improve clinical efficiency and reduce EHR use for providers....

Lean Methodology Reduces Provider EHR Use by 1 Hour per Day

by Kate Monica

Utilizing Lean methodology to redesign inefficient, first-generation EHR systems can help to improve clinical documentation, boost provider satisfaction, and cut provider EHR use by almost one hour per day, according to new research published...

Health IT Safety Collaborative Can Aid EHR Use, Patient Safety

by Elizabeth Snell

Gathering input from all types of healthcare stakeholders is critical to addressing potential issues with EHR use, which will in turn help to improve patient care and reduce provider burden, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. Alert fatigue,...

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