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Experts Advise How to Improve Health IT Use, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the nation’s strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts about the past, present, and future of health IT use....

Consumers Split on Role of EHR Use in Improving Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

Fifty-one percent of surveyed western New Yorkers believe EHR use improves patient safety, according to a recent survey by HEALTHeLINK. In September of 2017, the regional health information exchange (HIE) gathered responses from about 1,000 healthcare...

California Health System Launches $20M Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, California, recently went live with its $20 million Epic EHR implementation. The Epic EHR system will serve as a central database for the health system’s hospital, clinical, and home health divisions....

Most Healthcare Execs Doubt EHR Use Can Support Population Health

by Kate Monica

EHR systems do not yet have the necessary capabilities to support population health management and value-based care, according to a recent study published by Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI).  The study by...

1.3M Veterans Opt Into Health Data Exchange with Private Sector

by Kate Monica

More than 1.3 million veterans have opted in to allow the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to participate in health data exchange for improved care coordination with providers in the private sector. By allowing their health data to be accessible...

ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Selects 3 Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the three winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge. Winning submissions were selected from a pool of over 140 competing teams and nearly 7,000 algorithm submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. Algorithms were...

UVM Health Network Awaits Approval for $200M Epic EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network leadership recently testified before the Green Mountain Care Board in an effort to gain approval for a new Epic EHR replacement that may cost up to $200 million. The EHR replacement would upgrade systems...

Critical Access Hospitals Unlikely to Engage in Advanced EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, and Jay Holmgren at the University of Michigan found critical access hospitals (CAHs) are less likely than other hospitals to use EHR data for performance measurement and patient engagement. According...

MO HIE Connects to eHealth Exchange for Improved Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The University of Missouri (MU) Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange (HIE) recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange in an effort to enable improved interoperability with SSM Health. Patients receiving...

Major EHR Companies to Integrate New Surescripts Pharmacy Tool

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is now offering a real-time prescription benefit tool as well as an expanded prior authorization solutions integrated directly into physician EHR systems to assist with prescription decision-making processes. The health information...

Indiana Health System Goes Live with Epic EHR, Patient Portal

by Kate Monica

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Columbus Regional health system is based in Georgia. Indiana-based Columbus Regional Health system recently announced the launch of its Epic EHR implementation on November...

Vanderbilt Readies for $200M System-Wide Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is set to go live with its over $200 million Epic implementation at midnight on November 2. VUMC anticipates a period of about six to seven hours during which hospital staff will rely on “downtime”...

NJ Health Center Completes eClinicalWorks EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Center for Health Education Medicine & Dentistry (CHEMED) has successfully implemented its new eClinicalWorks EHR system complete with an electronic dental record and a behavioral health module. The cloud-based EHR solution will assist...

Meaningful Use, Regulatory Burden Costing Providers Billions

by Kate Monica

A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year. Researchers determined the...

EHR System Tech Support Greatly Impacts Patient Care Delivery

by Kate Monica

Health IT companies that do not offer clinically-based EHR system tech support, either internally or through an outsourced support firm, have far less opportunities to positively affect patient care through EHR use, a new Black Book survey found....

The Importance of Efficient EHR Use in Behavioral Healthcare

by Kate Monica

While healthcare industry stakeholders agree on the benefits of EHR use and health data exchange among hospitals and primary care facilities, EHR use in behavioral health settings is still uncommon and lagging behind.   One behavioral and...

Regenstrief Begins Two-Year Study of Emergency Department HIE Use

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute is launching a multi-year study into the effect of health information exchange (HIE) use on patient outcomes in emergency departments.   Scientists at the institute will use a two-year grant from the Agency for...

athenahealth Layoffs Impact 500 Employees in Attempt to Cut Costs

by Kate Monica

athenahealth is eliminating around 500 of its 5,600 employees as part of a plan to cut costs under pressure from an activist investor, according to a report in The Boston Globe. The athenahealth layoffs affected about 9 percent of its workforce,...

athenahealth EHR Users Report Financial Gains 5% Over Baseline

by Kate Monica

athenahealth recently announced a period of continued growth and improvement, reporting its EHR users have experienced average financial gains of 5 percent over baseline. Specifically, the health IT company stated users in the community hospital...

Community Hospitals Switch Paragon EHR for CPSI EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

Two community hospitals have chosen to switch from Paragon EHR systems to CPSI-owned systems in EHR replacements based heavily on physician referrals. These EHR replacements come after the recent Allscripts-McKesson acquisition in which Allscripts...

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