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EHR Use

Preparing AI-Powered Virtual Assistants to Improve EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR usability continue to counter the potential benefits of EHR systems and leave physicians, nurses, administrators, and patients by and large feeling dissatisfied and frustrated with the technology. While patient EHRs...

EHR Data, Machine Learning Predict Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

by Kate Monica

A team of researchers from Stanford University created a personal health management tool that combines EHR data with machine learning to accurately diagnose patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm, also called AAA. A new report recently...

Kansas Community Hospital Launches athenahealth EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

Hiawatha Community Hospital will go live with a cloud-based athenahealth EHR replacement on September 11 after about a year of preparation. The athenahealth EHR will take the place of the hospital’s former Paragon EHR system,...

Epic EHR Now Includes Nuance Voice-Enabled Clinical Workflows

by Kate Monica

Providers using Epic EHR will now have access to voice-enabled clinical workflows powered by Nuance virtual assistant technology for faster, more efficient data access. The voice-enabled clinical workflows are now commercially available...

5 EHR Optimization Activities for Improving Clinical Efficiency

by Kate Monica

Clinical efficiency and provider satisfaction often suffer after hospitals and health systems go live with new EHR implementations. Disruptions to clinicians’ daily routines can sour providers and administrators against EHR...

MEDITECH Offers Users EHR-Integrated PDMP Link through Expanse

by Kate Monica

In an effort to reduce provider burden and improve clinical efficiency, MEDITECH will now offer users of its Expanse EHR solution access to an EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) link. MEDITECH collaborated with...

Centra Health Launches Cerner EHR After 2 Years of Preparation

by Kate Monica

Centra Health recently went live with a multi-million-dollar Cerner EHR implementation as part of a two-year effort to replace several, disparate EHR systems previously in use across the health system with a single, integrated system. The...

EHR System Costs Contributed to Bankruptcy at 3 MS Hospitals

by Kate Monica

A Tennessee-based healthcare company that owns three hospitals and several physician practices in Mississippi recently filed for bankruptcy in part due to costs associated with its EHR system. Curae Health in Knoxville filed for Chapter...

EHRs, Health IT May Not Contribute to Early Physician Retirements

by Kate Monica

EHR technology may not be driving physicians to quit practicing medicine, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. The researchers found no correlation between EHR adoption and physician retirement, contradicting the...

Texas Health Honored for Advancing eCQM Collection, EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Texas Health Resources has been named a 2018 Pioneer in Quality Expert Contributor by the Joint Commission for advancing electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) collection and use. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit, independent...

Researchers Doubt Clinical Efficiency, Effectiveness of PDMP Use

by Kate Monica

A team of researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center determined prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use negatively affects clinical efficiency without offering much benefit as a tool for reducing opioid prescribing for...

Cerner, Duke Research Develop EHR-Integrated Cardiac Risk App

by Kate Monica

Cerner and Duke Clinical Research Institute collaborated to develop an EHR-integrated atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator app intended to boost communication between patients and providers to improve health...

RAND Identifies 10 Potential Patient EHR Matching Solutions

by Kate Monica

In a new report sponsored by Pew Charitable Trusts, RAND identified ten potential patient EHR matching solutions and proposed a three-stage approach to help resolve the healthcare industry’s decades-old problem with patient matching...

InterSystems, Texas HIE Partner to Boost Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

InterSystems recently partnered with Greater Houston Healthconnect to boost health data exchange, care coordination, and interoperability for providers across 24 counties in Southeast Texas. Greater Houston Healthconnect functions as the...

3 Ways EHR Alerts Can Help to Improve Patient Health Outcomes

by Kate Monica

During EHR implementation and optimization projects, hospitals and health systems have the option of integrating a variety of different types of EHR alerts into clinical workflows and clinical decision support functionality. While alerts...

Mayo Clinic, NDSC Launch EHR-Integrated Blood Management Tool

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic has partnered with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to launch an EHR-integrated blood management solution that pairs Mayo Clinic’s clinical expertise with NDSC’s EHR-enabled clinical decision support product...

How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Identifying ways to curb the nationwide opioid epidemic is a top priority among state health departments and federal entities including CMS and ONC. An opioid roadmap released by CMS earlier this summer listed several strategies for...

Cerner to Directly Oversee MCHS EHR Implementation, IT Department

by Kate Monica

Texas-based Medical Center Health System (MCHS) will move forward with an agreement to allow Cerner to take over its IT department and oversee its EHR implementation, according to Odessa American. The Ector County Hospital District board...

Red Tape Relief Project to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

The Committee on Ways & Means reiterated the importance of stakeholder collaboration to further the aims of the Medicare Red Tape Relief project designed to reduce administrative burden associated with federal regulations. This...

HHS Grants Health Centers $125M for Quality Improvement, EHR Use

by Kate Monica

HHS recently granted health centers in all 50 states and territories $125 million in health center quality improvement awards, including EHR Reporters Awards offered for health centers that employed EHRs to report on all clinical...

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